Gate Latch

What’s the easiest way to keep a garden gate open?

Problem

Stuart needs to leave the garden at will, but alas the gate is locked and in the way.

Solution

The answer, more latches!

Recipe

  1. Have a person with tools install a gate of your choosing. The gate should have a latch and be placed in the gap in your wall or fence. The latter point is really quite important; the gate should block out any gaps in your fences walls. Otherwise it is just an art installation.

  2. Have the person with tools take a second perfectly ordinary latch and attach it to a wall, fence, patient person or some other still object in a place that once latched will hold the gate open. (We screwed ours to a block of timber and glued the timber to the low wall of the wheelchair ramp. The brick is just there to confuse you. )

  3. Step three is a two-stage process. 1. Have your morning PA lock the gate open, 2. and then get your night PA lock the gate closed.

More

We didn’t have a gate for ages because it’s just another barrier between Stuart and outside. I mean, that’s the point of them… We could only get funding to automate one door, so we picked the front door and just didn’t have a gate. However, since the arrival of The Pod (a long story), I really felt I now wanted a gate to stop drunks sitting on my porch and looking into my bedroom and, like, banging on the pod walls etc. I know, I’m so demanding. :P

But we still wanted to defend the principle of Stuart being able to just LEAVE his house whenever he wants without having to ask someone else for help/permission/input. So we needed a way to keep the gate open all day and just close it at night, and we looked at lots and lots of ways to do this, including some mad schemes with magnets and all manner of things. Door openers, automation, robot arms, you name it, we considered it. But the solution is SO simple and so clever I just wanted to share it with you:

We just put a second latch on the gate: one to hold it closed, and one to hold it open. Job done. You’re welcome, I’ll be here all week!