We have a couple of wooden gates. The latches keep bnreakiong because
the gates were badly designed so that all of the force of closing is
borne by the latch. I would appreciate suggetsions for how to modify
the gate to add some sort of "stop" to take the force off the latch.
I have uploaded several photos of the gate to this link:
01-02: The gate from the front, both closed and open.
03: The gate from the back.
04: The broken latch. This time, the latch got metal fatigue and
broke. Other times, it has pulled the screws loose.
05: This shows that the gate has no stop other than the latch. If
pushed closed without a latch, it will go well past fully shut. The
latch takes the full force.
06: This shows that the side rail of the gate and the frame are the
same width. One idea I had was to nail a length of 1/2" x 1/2" stock
vertically onto the frame. The problem is that the gate will then not
close fully. In addition to having to shim the latch, I will get grief
from SWMBO because it doesn't align.
07: This shows the bottom of the gate. There is very little clearance.
Another idea I had was to make a threshold with a stop similar to the
idea above. The stop could be outside the frame, which would allow the
gate to close fully. The downside to this is (a) the clearance and (b)
it will be something to trip over.
Another idea is to fasten small "fingers" on the back side of the gate
(parallel with the latch). I was thinking one at the top and one at
the bottom. Maybe one in the middle. The downside of this is it is
unattractive and they would be prone to stabbing someone.
My last idea is to fasten a piece of 1x5 to the front of the
latch-side frame with about 1" protruding into the opening for the
gate to bang against. This is minimally obtrusive and not likely to
Is there a better way?
PS: Sorry for cross-posting. I wasn't sure which group is the better