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How to (more) securely attach a latch to a frequently-used wooden gate

Build a stop strip so the latch doesn't take the force of slamming Screw anchors in wood is not a good idea and in rotting wood is a waste of time. I don't like how the latch bar catches the force of ...
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How does one adjust a fence gate when its gravity latch scrapes the house?

Move the latch further away from the wall, of course… Your 2nd picture shows you've a good ½" to play with, if not more. Fill the old holes with dowel & glue, to avoid proximity to the new ...
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What's this plastic thing along my sidewalk pavers?

That is called Paver Edging. It is used to keep the pavers tight or to separate one section from the other. It's usually covered to the point that you only see a small strip of it. However, it looks ...
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How to (more) securely attach a latch to a frequently-used wooden gate

In my experience, screws into wood will eventually fail. A better solution is to use thru-bolts so that the threads can't pull out of the wood. You might consider using stainless steel or brass to ...
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I lost the keys for a gate's lock. Where can I find a replacement cylinder or how can I get new keys?

Finding something that will fit that with knowing the model of gate exactly might be really really hard. Finding it not knowing that info maybe close to impossible. The fact is a locksmith can ...
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Adding a (stair/baby) gate without facing walls

They make a variety of gates for just this kind of thing. They typically have 3 segments with adjustable angles. For example at Amazon: That middle segment is the normal gate, but the whole thing ...
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How to (more) securely attach a latch to a frequently-used wooden gate

You could try using stainless steel bolts and go all the way through the wood from the front and fasten with a nut and lock washer from the back. That is going to be a lot stronger than a wood screw. ...
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Suggestions for gate latch issue

One option would be to drill holes through the post to allow you to use the lock that you have (or perhaps a slightly longer lock).
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Best way of closing a gap underneath a wooden fence?

I would use a Door Brush Bottom Sweep. It should prevent debris from passing through, not rot nor promote rot, and not impede opening nor closing. Example from Amazon:
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Suggestions for gate latch issue

It would be fairly easy to retrofit a proper locking latch. Product link (for reference only) Here's one that locks from either side. You'd need to grind off the old one, drill for the new one, ...
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Adding a (stair/baby) gate without facing walls

I would get two Evenflo wooden baby gates. I suggest this model for its proven, simple design and wooden construction. Then do this: Shorten the second gate Separate the mounted and sliding panels ...
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How to (more) securely attach a latch to a frequently-used wooden gate

To use existing holes: Remove the fence gate and lay it down flat Hollow out the holes with a drill and flare them out inside the wood Fill with a 2-part epoxy While it's still wet attach the latch ...
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Suggestions for gate latch issue

There are cable locks that have a plain end to the cable that might fit through. You might have to file the hole a little bigger in the lock mechanism to allow the end of the cable to angle through. ...
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Adding a (stair/baby) gate without facing walls

I would put a false wall or barrier as shown in red for the gate to latch to, see image.
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How can I fill in the gap between my chain-link fence and its gate

I realize this question is old but perhaps my answer can help someone else who comes across this post while searching for a solution as I did. What I ended up doing was the following: Get some ‘1 3/8”...
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Suggestions for gate latch issue

if you could get it tight enough, you could attach the lock in other ways to keep the latch from lifting. did you try any of these configurations?
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How can I put an audible notification on a yard gate?

This feels like an XY problem - you imagine a squeak would work, so you ask about how to make a squeak. Instead, ask "how to alert a blind person when someone opens the gate" I'd go with ...
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How to (more) securely attach a latch to a frequently-used wooden gate

First thing you need to do is repair the gate itself. Get some wood hardener (a thin acrylic resin in a solvent carrier) and apply liberally to the areas where the wood is rotting (or just replace the ...
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How to fix loose post

"How can I make it solid?" Something isn't right in your post. An 80lb sack mixes up 2/3 cubic foot. Spec sheet: https://www.quikrete.com/PDFs/DATA_SHEET-Fast%20Setting%20Concrete%20Mix%201004-50....
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Suggestions for gate latch issue

Maybe you can find an anvil padlock that would fit?
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Will this 10-foot wide gate design be rigid enough?

If you were my client and I was taking money for your project, I'd put wood on a metal substructure, have wheels on the ends, and make sure the posts were extremely well stuck in the ground. (You ...
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How to repair this hefty wooden fence gate?

The hinge is damaged, it's bent. You should either bend it straight or get a new one. The hinge has three holes for screws your only using two of them. That's putting extra stress on the two that you ...
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Building a wood gate too hard for DIY newbie?

In order to build a gate properly you need the Z/reverse Z frame and build everything around that. How to design your fence properly The key points are the intersections where the 45° lumber meets ...
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Sliding Gate options for outside gate that spans property width

A pannelised or flexible sliding gate is going to need a track both below and above the gate, so long as you have room (and permission) to put the track in at an apropriate height, it's probably a ...
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How to design a fence gate in a narrow area next to house?

put the gate hinge on the face of the fence post so that corner of the open gate does not protrude into the path.
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How can I remove very old, very rusty screws from a fence post?

You can drill, file, grind or saw off the screw heads and any protruding threads, and leave the rest inside the fence post. The new latch can be chosen and positioned so its backing plate hides the ...
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I lost the keys for a gate's lock. Where can I find a replacement cylinder or how can I get new keys?

Are you in Italy by chance? This lock looks very similar in principle to a garage door lock of the same brand (Prefer) I had while living there: the cylinder drives two plates that move a pair of rods,...
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What is the optimal configuration of a cross brace on a wooden gate?

Over time a wooden gate will tend to sag. So you need a cross brace. If you are building the cross brace using wood, the cross brace should be in compression. So the cross brace will go from the ...
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What's this plastic thing along my sidewalk pavers?

Your particular brand, SnapEdge is simply too high. You can find their various installation guides PDFs on the web-site. But the clearest explanation comes from one of their drawings: You need to ...
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Adding a (stair/baby) gate without facing walls

What about a custom L-shaped gate that would fit around the contour of the top stair, mounted on the corner near the top stair on the right side of your diagram? It would need a lot of space to swing ...
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