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Metal Fenceposts Stops For Double Field Gates
Metal fenceposts make nifty stops for double field gates. We used stamped metal posts - the type with metal tabs on the face to hold wire in place. These posts fit easily inside standard gate bars and need no modifications. We slip a post into the end baron each gate frame. When extended downward, they fit into pipe collars buried in the ground. When lifted into the "up" position, the post is held in place by one of the wire tabs (all other tabs are flattened. When the gates are open, you can quickly lower the posts to hold them in place.
We also made a sliding latch for the gate using a metal post with the tabs flattened. The post slides back and forth inside the center horizontal bar and is extended from one gate to the other to hold the gate closed. We attached a small handle to the post to help slide it back and forth. It makes a strong, neat and inexpensive way to control farm gates. (Kenneth R. Evans, 1834 Runneberg Rd., Crosby, Tex. 77532)

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #2