Frost forgiving gate latch?


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Bill Stock

We had a new fence and two gates installed last fall and despite the spiel
about 4' holes and two bags of cement per 6" post they have moved. This
means that the gates no longer latch on any given day, as the peg won't
allow the catch to close. The frost ripped the screws out of one peg at one
point. There must be gate latches that are more forgiving to movement?

TIA
 
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Oren

We had a new fence and two gates installed last fall and despite the spiel
about 4' holes and two bags of cement per 6" post they have moved. This
means that the gates no longer latch on any given day, as the peg won't
allow the catch to close. The frost ripped the screws out of one peg at one
point. There must be gate latches that are more forgiving to movement?

TIA
Reposition and/or align the latch?
 
M

Marina

We had a new fence and two gates installed last fall and despite the
spiel about 4' holes and two bags of cement per 6" post they have
moved. This means that the gates no longer latch on any given day, as
the peg won't allow the catch to close. The frost ripped the screws
out of one peg at one point. There must be gate latches that are more
forgiving to movement?

TIA
I have one of those peg type latches. It's a pain, I know. I had a
feeling it was because ice was settling in the hinges. Whenever there is
the threat of freezing rain I spray the hinges with Bare Ground and cover
them with aluminum foil. If you have a few family members coming and
going, this may not work for you.
 
B

Bill Stock

Oren said:
Reposition and/or align the latch?
Problem is they move with the frost. Some days they close, some days they
don't. I'm thinking spring loaded hinges and a stopper might be the way to
go.
 
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aemeijers

Bill said:
We had a new fence and two gates installed last fall and despite the spiel
about 4' holes and two bags of cement per 6" post they have moved. This
means that the gates no longer latch on any given day, as the peg won't
allow the catch to close. The frost ripped the screws out of one peg at one
point. There must be gate latches that are more forgiving to movement?
Use a rubber bungee cord till spring, then dig up the gates and set both
posts in the SAME hunk of rebarred concrete, hidden below sod or
sidewalk level if you don't want to look at it. (Although I have always
found that a flush patch of concrete helps avoid mud puddles at gates.)

The gate will still move around with frost heave, but the posts will
stay fixed relative to each other, which should keep the latch working.

aem sends...
 
C

Calab

We had a new fence and two gates installed last fall and despite the
Why not a single, sliding gate?
 
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