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Curb appeal starts at the front gate.  Whether you&#;ve installed a new gate or freshened up an old workhorse with a paint job, it deserves well-coordinated hardware. When you reach for the gate latch, the way it looks and feels beneath your hand should send a subtle message: you&#;re home.

Gate latches fall into a category of essential landscape elements that everyone has but no one talks about. No more. With the help of Jana Lombardi, founder of Portland, Oregon-based  Yardware, a retailer and manufacturer of high quality exterior hardware, we&#;re deconstructing the details of latches and other elements that can make your gate swing smoothly.

Read on for everything you need to consider—style, material and installation—when choosing a gate latch. Gate hardware is deceptively tricky, so for more details, visit Yardware&#;s technical information section online.

What is a gate latch?


Above: A hand-forged steel ring latch made by From the Anvil in Wales. Their collection of Cottage Latches ranges in price from £ to £ depending on finish.

While there&#;s no doubt a gate&#;s structural integrity hinges in large part on, well, hinges, it&#;s the latch—our first tactile contact with the gate and perhaps the garden—that can make us smile or scream.

At its simplest, a latch is a mechanism with a metal bar and lever that raises and lowers to open a gate. Traditionally made of hard-wearing metal components, it should operate smoothly each time. For a latch to do its job properly, it must be paired with the right hinges and be part of a gate or fence system that&#;s expertly designed and built. (Stay tuned for our upcoming post on how to choose the proper size, weight, and style of gate hinge.)

First, the big picture

Lombardi stresses choosing with longevity in mind, paying particular attention to your geography when selecting materials and to quality workmanship to ensure reliability. Well functioning mechanical goods are often a blend of fine craftsmenship and expert engineering and that&#;s often reflected in the price, though not always. Lombardi suggests first getting ideas on design and hardware websites, viewing gate builders&#; online galleries, and looking around the neighborhood. With a clearer idea of style and budget, clients will then send her pictures to help winnow options. Functional questions abound: Do you want an in-swinging or out-swinging gate? Does the latch need to be operable from both sides? Does it need to be lockable?

What type of latch should I choose?

The Nero Gate Latch from Yardware

Above: The Nero Contemporary Lever Gate Latch, designed and produced by Yardware, coordinates with the numbers on this Portland home; $

Most likely the architecture of your home guided the choices you made when designing your gate, or perhaps your gate was grandfathered in and replacing it isn&#;t in the cards. Regardless, the style of your gate hardware should coordinate with your home and also work with your existing exterior hardware, such as your light fixtures and door hardware, says Lombardi. To start, take a long look at your house. Identify whether the facade has stylistic impulses that lean toward modern, rustic, traditional, Colonial, Victorian, Gothic, or another era. Next, look at the hardware on your front door: If you like the door handle, you may want to echo the look with a gate latch of a similar style. Notice what metals are already in play on your house.

Gate latches generally can be broken into four types—thumb, ring, lever and bolt—and Lombardi explains how each works.

Thumb Latches


Above: A traditional cast bronze Two-Sided Thumb Latch with a drop bar is $ from Yardware. Operable from both sides, this latch fits gates &#; to 2&#; thick.

Thumb latches are typically for in-swinging gates and are double sided, meaning they can open and close from either side of the gate. Mounted on the street side of the gate typically is a decorative plate with a thumb depressor. Push the thumb and the latch-arm on the inside lifts, allowing the gate to open. A well-mounted latch arm, when activated, will fall into the catch on its own. Some thumb latches are lockable.

Ring and Lever Latches

sun-valley-bronze-gate-latch-setAbove: From Sun Valley Bronze, a Gate Latch Privacy Set has two handles (one for each side of the gate), a bar latch with locking mechanism, receiver strike, and spindle. For more, see Made in the USA: The Ultimate Gate Latch.

Sours: https://www.gardenista.com/posts/hardwaregate-latches-style-guide/

Today we're walking through how to install a gate latch. Since this gate swings just fine, we’re not having to fix sagging or other problems. The homeowner wanted a new type of latch that was easy to operate from either side of the gate, and we replaced the hinges and handle to refresh the whole look of the gate.

Step 1: Choose gate hinges and prep the gate

Replacing hinges can update the look of your gate or add new functionality, like a spring-hinge that closes the gate for you. You’ll find a variety of hinges to choose from at Dunn Lumber or your local hardware store. Most are either silver or black in color, and some hinges are more decorative than others. A “T-hinge” will provide more support to your gate, since the gate-side leaf of the hinge stretches out horizontally and attaches to more of the gate’s frame. (Note: In terms of the "anatomy" of a hinge, the pin is what the hinge pivots on, and the leaves are like wings that stretch out in either direction from the pin.) Some hinges have an adjustable spring, which can close the gate behind you. A galvanized metal hinge will resist corrosion longer than a basic hinge—especially near saltwater.

Generally speaking, larger hinges will come with larger screws, and larger hinges will make your gate sturdier than smaller hinges.

• Start with the gate closed and latched. Place blocks of wood under the gate to support it when you remove the hinges.

• Unscrew the existing screws from the upper hinge. You’ll be backing out the screws from both the post-side of the hinge, as well as from the gate itself.

Step 2: Mark and pre-drill holes for new upper hinge

Open your new hinge up with the leaves stretching out from the pin, then hold it up to your gate and gate post in the spot where you’ll be attaching it. Mark the spots for the new holes. Make sure you’ll be screwing into the gate frame and not just a fence board. Pre-drill if necessary. 

If you’ve chosen a nice, beefy hinge, it likely came with lag screws, which are large-diameter, hex-head screws. They will probably require the pre-drilling of an undersized hole before installation of the lags.

Step 3: Anchor the new hinge to the gate and post

Install gate screws loosely. Attach both wings of the hinge—one leaf to the post and the other to the gate (making sure there is something for the screws to bite into). You’ll tighten the screws fully once you know the gate is true in its opening.

Step 4: Repeat steps for the lower hinge

• Repeat for the second/other hinge(s)

• With the hinge screws snug (and while lifting up on the gate so as not to have it sag), swing the gate open slightly and close it to see if everything is aligned properly and ensure the gate will latch. Adjust if necessary. When it's working smoothly, fully tighten the screws.

Step 5: Remove the old latch

The most common gate latch is the “gravity gate latch,” but there are different types out there that meet different needs. Just as with hinges, black and silver are common colors, but there are differences in the way these latches work, the way they lock, and how easily they operate from either side of the gate. Our homeowner wanted a latch that worked just as easily from one side of the gate as the other, so we installed a post-mount gate latch. This design has a stationery bolt which mounts on the gate. It latches into a double-ended handle that eliminates the need to reach over the gate to unlatch it.

When replacing your gate latch, make sure you pay attention to the direction your gate swings (outward, inward, or in both directions) and purchase a latch that fits your needs.

Step 6: Install the new latch

• Mount the bolt to the gate frame

• Align the post-side latch and affix with screws

It’s that simple!

One important element we had to consider was making sure the bolt didn't stick out from the gate too much and run into a corner of the house that juts out near the gate opening. Make sure the placement of your gate latch doesn't interfere with the swing of the gate.

Bonus: Replace the gate handle

Our gate had a basic (and completely functional) pull handle, but since we’d just replaced the hinges and latch with black hardware, we replaced the handle as well. Handles are an easy thing to add or replace—often only a screwdriver is needed to install them. Remember to fasten screws into gate framing wherever possible (versus just into a thin fence board).

This is the fourth installment of a four-part fencing series. Check out our other posts: How to Replace a Fence Gate, How to Fix a Sagging Gate, and When to Repair Your Gate. 

Sours: https://diy.dunnlumber.com/projects/how-to-replace-a-gate-latch
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Gates and Latches

Horse gates are an integral part of any fence system; wherever there's an entrance/exit, a gate exists. On this page, you can shop through an assortment of affordable, field-tested horse gates and latches to complete your project.

Gate Hardware:

  • 2" Gate Hinge Hardware Kit – The 2" gate hinge hardware kit includes the upper & lower hinges and the mounting hardware to secure your gate to your end post.

  • Gate Anchor – Easily hold your fence gate in any desired position you want with a gate anchor. This simple to use gate anchor only requires pressure applied to the pressure plate for the rod to move smoothly up and down. The gate anchor is by far the most useful tool in the gate latch family; keeping your fence gate aligned and tracking properly.

  • Gate Wheel – This heavy-duty gate wheel helps reduce the stress on your posts and hinges by taking some of the pressure onto the gate wheel itself. Constructed of galvanized steel and a rubber wheel, it prevents your gate from sagging over time. Open your fence gates smoothly, with little effort!

  • 2-Way Locking Latch – This latch allows the gate to swing in either direction when the latch is released and can easily be operated with one hand. This two-way lockable gate latch is easy to install and is an awesome convenience for your gate! This gate latch prevents your fence gates from swinging and sagging.

  • 1-Way Locking Latch – This one-way locking latch secures your paddocks to keep your horses safe and enclosed. These latches come with rounded edges and only swing out in one direction. They can be mounted low for children to operate or they can be mounted near the top, so you can operate them from horseback or while riding on farming equipment.

  • Gate Latch Bolt Kit – This kit includes what you need to make sure your locking gate latches stay in place and are properly secured.

  • Quick Chain Latch – Quick chain latches are constructed of heavy-duty galvanized steel with a 14" long welded chain. They open easily with one hand, whether you're on horseback or off.

  • Swing Gate Latch Kit – The swing-out gate latch is made out of galvanized steel and features a spring-loaded locking ring to keep your horse swing gate closed. It wraps around the swing gate frame and attaches back onto itself.

  • Swing Gate Hinge Kit – This horse stall swing gate hinge kit attaches half or full swing gates to wooden or metal support posts. The drop-in pins allow easy installation and removal of the gate. It can be operated with one hand.


Electric Gates:

  • Electric Bungee Gate Kit – This electric bungee gate kit is compatible with gate openings up to 20' in length and can be used with either wood or t-posts. It is safe for horses and all livestock and is designed to never touch the ground when the gate is open.

  • ElectroBraid™ Gate Kit – The ElectroBraid™ spring handle gate kit is a complete set of components for a safe 15'' electric horse gate. These gate handles are a great, cost-effective solution. It provides instant, easy access in or out of paddocks.

  • Electric Tape Gate Kit – The electric gate kit comes with everything you need and is compatible with RAMM's " Pro-Tek electric tape. The electric tape gate handle used in this kit is available to be purchased individually as well.


Galvanized Tube Gates: Heavy-duty farm-grade horse gates are available in 6’, 10’, 12’, and 16’ lengths in either a powder-coated paint or galvanized finish. All gates are 4" shorter than listed to allow for gate hardware and proper clearance. RAMM's gates are hot-dip galvanized after fabrication to cover every bit of the gate (inside-and-out) with a thick coat of corrosion-resistant zinc, which physically bonds to the steel for unequaled protection against wear and weathering. This makes the gates tough, durable, and long-lasting. These gates cannot be shipped and are available for pick-up only at our location in Swanton, Ohio.


RAMM Tip: Consider using stone screenings or RAMM mud management panels where your most used gates are located. For turnouts in inclement weather, your ground will be more firm as opposed to muddy.

If you have installation or planning questions, we encourage you to call us at  to speak with a friendly RAMM account manager. You may also visit our Horse Fence FAQs page for the most common questions we have regarding horse fence installations.

Sours: https://www.rammfence.com/fence/gates-and-latches

Jerith's Aluminum Fence EverLatch Magnetic Gate Latch is an essential aluminum gate accessory that will allow you to rest easy knowing that your gate is securely closed. Using powerful magnets this unique aluminum gate latch ensures that the latch will not open when unwanted. Weak latches can be extremely dangerous for small children and pets due to them not closing securely. The EverLatch features a built-in key lock for added security and safety and will fit any metal or aluminum gates that have a 1 5/8" square post. Thanks to the magnets keeping the latch securely shut and the added keylock, the Jerith EverLatch is among the safest aluminum gate latches available today.


• Color: Black
• Increases Gate Safety
• Built-In Key Lock Adds Security
• Fits Metal And/Or Aluminum Gate
• Fits Square Post Size: 1 5/8" Sq.
• Magnetic Gate Latch Provides Reliability

Additional Information

Manufacturer Jerith Manufacturing, Inc.
Color Black
Product Latch

Jerith Aluminum Fence EverLatch Magnetic Gate Latch (Black)

Sours: https://quickshipaluminumfence.com/store/jerith-everlatch-magnetic-gate-latch-black.html

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