Google for "garden gate latch" and you'll see the gate latch we have. It's sold by the hundreds of thousands worldwide under different brands. I bought mine in the UK through B&Q (Blooma brand) and it rusted the same year we put it in. On the outside of the gate the ring falls off frequently. I've unscrewed it, and here's what I see:

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The clip can be pushed back over the larger ring assembly to hold it into the collar, but it barely holds it. Any decent pull of the gate to close it would pull the ring off the square shaft again, with the clip being the thing that didn't hold.

Can I replace that clip with an e-clip? The minimum pack of e-clips I can buy is the same cost as buying the whole latch again?

Or can I do some secondary fixing to hold the clip in place (in the wee groove in the ring assembly)? Like a spot weld. Or a nylon zip-tie? The clip feels thin - a weld might even deform it.

What about drilling the spindle and putting some form of split-clip through? I have old spindles so have room to experiment.

I don't want to replace everything with the galvanized edition cos that's 3x the price and I've no guarantee that the same ineffective clip isn't part of the assembly.


  • what are you unscrewing when you remove the ring handle? .... what clip are you talking about? .... please post a side view of the middle piece in the picture above
    – jsotola
    Commented Feb 21, 2021 at 3:45
  • I've a Star Lock Washer on the way. The middle piece has a 1mm deep groove on the outside of the 'neck' and that is 2mm in from the end. The piece on the right flat metal stamped to shape, the snipped and soldered into a non-flat collar is the piece I am going to discard when the Star Lock Washer arrives. Fingers crossed.
    – paul_h
    Commented Feb 21, 2021 at 11:58

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If there is a groove in the collar, you could use a snap ring or an e-clip. You could also use a push-on retaining ring, sometimes called an knob spring or an internal tooth retainer.

  • Good suggestions - googling now, including for "Star Lock Washers"
    – paul_h
    Commented Feb 20, 2021 at 11:01
  • I've found a vendor who can mail two without postage fees very inexpensively - a good experiment vs a pack of 300 of sizes I'l never use.
    – paul_h
    Commented Feb 20, 2021 at 11:17

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