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  1. #1
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    Default Latch and support for open gate.

    Hey all,
    I'm planning out a latch to hold my pipe gate open since these New Mexico winds lately have been out of hand to say the least. Our gate does stay open when someone is home which is quite a bit, so i'm thinking of adding in a way to support some of the weight of the gate while i'm at it.
    Initially I imagined a metal plate shaped like an arrow on a post at the gate's open position and as the gate opened it lifts the arrow and clicks into place, but I would still need a "ramp"underneath it attached to the post to hold the weight.
    After some consideration, I am thinking of going with the arrow idea, but spring loaded upwards. As the gate opens it pushes the arrow latch down which springs up to hold the gate and support the weight.
    Does any of that make sense and if out is understandable, does it sound like a good idea? I'll try to post a pic tomorrow of my drawing of it all. Does anyone have a better idea? The gate is 2" OD pipe.

  2. #2
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    Actually, since getting my shop relieved of over $6000 in tools a few years ago, what I would consider a good idea is ALWAYS leaving the gate the same way, whether you're home or not.

    Leaving it (or the garage door) open when you're home, you may as well put out a sign that says "we're not here, please take whatever you want"...

    Your call, remember you're not paranoid if they really ARE out to getcha... Steve

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmydoc1 View Post
    Hey all,
    I'm planning out a latch to hold my pipe gate open since these New Mexico winds lately have been out of hand to say the least. Our gate does stay open when someone is home which is quite a bit, so i'm thinking of adding in a way to support some of the weight of the gate while i'm at it.
    Initially I imagined a metal plate shaped like an arrow on a post at the gate's open position and as the gate opened it lifts the arrow and clicks into place, but I would still need a "ramp"underneath it attached to the post to hold the weight.
    After some consideration, I am thinking of going with the arrow idea, but spring loaded upwards. As the gate opens it pushes the arrow latch down which springs up to hold the gate and support the weight.
    Does any of that make sense and if out is understandable, does it sound like a good idea? I'll try to post a pic tomorrow of my drawing of it all. Does anyone have a better idea? The gate is 2" OD pipe.
    If you have access to a real fence company you can get what we always called a "duckbill" retaining latch. They work great and are reasonably priced. You won't find one at a box store but a real fence company that does industrial chainlink fencing will have them.

  4. #4
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    You could try something like these or the cheaper mild steel equivalent. Or build similar. One for open-one for closed.--- Meltedmetal
    http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...tainless-steel

  5. #5
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    Cave Creek Az
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    Just put in a post sufficient to the gate. Then use a dane bolt to hold it open, or even better put an operator on it.

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