Gate latch design thats immune to frost heave?


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RickH

Is there any kind of fence gate latch design that is immune to frost
heave? Maybe something where the latch grabs a vertical rod that can
move up/down every season and the latch still works? It's spring and
for the 12th year in a row I have to remove and re-screw my gate latch
into a new position to get it to line up again with the horizontal
catch. (In this area there was a boulder that stopped us from sinking
the post hole deeper than only 3 feet or so). Frost line is 48 inches
here.
 
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David Nebenzahl

Try any farm or ranch supply. Such things are quite common for stock
pens and such.
Thanks, didn't know that.

So maybe you can tell me: do you know if anyone makes any good-looking
ring latches? The only ones I've ever seen are the typical
hardware-store ones, bright zinc-plated steel. They work great but look
kinda cheesy. It'd be nice to find some fancier ones, say with a black
oxide or other finish, looking more wrought-iron-y.


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David Nebenzahl

Try any farm or ranch supply. Such things are quite common for stock
pens and such.
Um, not so fast. Are you referring to latches like this one?

http://www.betterbarns.com/thisProduct.asp?ProductID=3015

If so, that ain't what I'm talking about. What you apparently are
referring to are latches that use rings has handles.

The ones I'm talking about use a ring as the latch. Kinda hard to
describe without a picture, and I'm having no luck finding them, even
with Google images. I know they exist, though, as I've installed lots of
them on clients' gates.

FINALLY! Found one:

http://www.hardwaresource.com/?l=product_list&c=843

See how that works? The bar pushes the ring up; then the ring drops
down, holding the bar captive. (The lever is to lift the ring from the
other side to open the gate.) So long as a) the bar doesn't strike the
ring-holder or b) the ring isn't so high that it can't hold the bar
captive, it'll allow some vertical motion and still work.


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Dean Hoffman

RickH said:
Is there any kind of fence gate latch design that is immune to frost
heave? Maybe something where the latch grabs a vertical rod that can
move up/down every season and the latch still works? It's spring and
for the 12th year in a row I have to remove and re-screw my gate latch
into a new position to get it to line up again with the horizontal
catch. (In this area there was a boulder that stopped us from sinking
the post hole deeper than only 3 feet or so). Frost line is 48 inches
here.
There are a few ways for farm fencing that would work. One is just
a short chain with a hook on it. Another is a loop of wire that one
throws over the fence post. The aesthetics might not work though.
How about something like this http://preview.tinyurl.com/3aotvu3
 
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Is there any kind of fence gate latch design that is immune to frost
heave? Maybe something where the latch grabs a vertical rod that can
move up/down every season and the latch still works? It's spring and
for the 12th year in a row I have to remove and re-screw my gate latch
into a new position to get it to line up again with the horizontal
catch. (In this area there was a boulder that stopped us from sinking
the post hole deeper than only 3 feet or so). Frost line is 48 inches
here.
My gate latch used to go up and down in relation to the strike also.

What I did wass, when my gate needed rebuilding, rebuild it so that it
closed by itself, and I didn't include the latch since anyone could
reach over the 42 inche gate and open it anyhow.

Later, because of the way fence gates are made, because they are 1 1/2
inches thick but the hinge is at one end of that, gravity will shut
the gate most of the way, but not the last inch or two (unless it
swings into the round fence post and sticks there). So I put on one
of those big iron springs intended to close fence gates, set it at the
lowest tension, and gate closure went from 60% of the time to 95% of
the time. Just not when the wind is blowing the other way.

Of course if you really want your gate latched, this won't work
 
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David Nebenzahl

Paint it black with spray can of Epoxy paint. Krylon works good. ww
I actually did that for one client. But they still look pretty crappy,
being made of sheet metal. I'm looking for something that looks
substantial, like wrought iron.


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wassup
nuttin
wan2 hang
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where
here
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l8tr
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