We had a new fence and two gates installed last fall and despite the spiel
about 4' holes and two bags of cement per 6" post they have moved. This
means that the gates no longer latch on any given day, as the peg won't
allow the catch to close. The frost ripped the screws out of one peg at one
point. There must be gate latches that are more forgiving to movement?
I have one of those peg type latches. It's a pain, I know. I had a
feeling it was because ice was settling in the hinges. Whenever there is
the threat of freezing rain I spray the hinges with Bare Ground and cover
them with aluminum foil. If you have a few family members coming and
going, this may not work for you.
Use a rubber bungee cord till spring, then dig up the gates and set both
posts in the SAME hunk of rebarred concrete, hidden below sod or
sidewalk level if you don't want to look at it. (Although I have always
found that a flush patch of concrete helps avoid mud puddles at gates.)
The gate will still move around with frost heave, but the posts will
stay fixed relative to each other, which should keep the latch working.
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