Did you drill a pilot hole? That is the first step. If you did and the
wood still splits, use a slightly larger hole. Lubricating the screw and
driving it slowly sometimes helps, but it is not a substitute for the pilot
As well as drilling a pilot hole, use a little dishwashing detergent
(liquid) or soft soap as a lubricant. The pilot hole is critical.
Sometimes, just a push awl will do the trick, but only in softer woods
-- pine. If you have worries about the depth of the pilot hole, wrap a
piece of masking/painter's tape around the drill bit at the right
depth, and use that as a gauge for the right depth, so you don't got
through the door panel.
Forget the child locks...............talk to, read to, engage them &
redirect your kids
little people are amazingly smart
the best safety device for a kid is an educated brain
btw BTDT, now they're young adults
You missed the operative phrase "redirect them" ......no dissertion
involved, just clear concsie direction
I never had any trouble with my kids (or nieces or nephews) driking rat
poison or getting into stuff they shouldn't. They learned very early
(as so as they were mobile) what locations were off limits & what
places were for them to play.
Parenting is a hands-on, full time time job that I was unwilling to
delegate to a plastic latch.
First of all I didn't keep deadly chems in the house (kitchen sink
cabinet) that stuff went in the garage and little people didn't go in
the garage. Of course even no "deadly" chem can be deadly in quantity.
The perfromance of passive barriers do not compare well with active
But to each his own
(well......at least until the helmet, seatbelt, anti-smoking nanny
patrol breach the front door out homes)
I don't have a pool that's how.
Plus when I did the back yard pool area had a perimeter fence that I
I didn't depend on a self closing gate to do the job.t
The majority of the resisdential ones I have seen are typically not
working properly; and therefore not latched & doing their job. So it
becomes forgotten & neglected.
How many people (other than the residents) assure the gate is latched?
Most think (or don't think) "pool gates child proof, it latches itself"
and they just go thru & on their way, delegating responsibility to a
passive system that is not working.
Commercial installtions are generally better but not 100%.
We have a different philosophy to problem solving, mine seems to have
worked pretty good so far.
No disrepect intended, an exploration of mind set & it's
origin.......are you a dem, a Brit or a Canadian by any chance?
fwiw, what is your take on red light cameras?
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