WARNING, THIS IS AN ON TOPIC POST!!
I only saw one regular size post at abpw. What I saw among other things
were a bungee cord, obviously a subsitute for the broken latch. And brick
I am going to suggest something that worked for me. It may or may not work
My gate was dragging on the ground. The gate was quite heavy. The post and
hinges were very strong, albeit at a slight angle. And like you, I hade a
gate latch that barely worked.
Being a farmboy, who used to make BIG gates as a kid, I used a little
farmboy logic. I went to Ace Hardware and ordered a "Gate Caster (or
Castor)". This is a hard rubber wheel that bolts to the gate. It lifts and
supports the gate. It has a spring to adjust the tension. If you make the
spring tight, the gate closes at about a tenth of the speed of it swinging
freely. This was an unintended effect in my case. But still far superior to
what existed before. And the reduced speed, slight extra effort to close
the gate, may be just what you need.
I also bought the biggest, baddest gate latch they had. MUCH bigger and
stronger than that little peice of junk hardware that you have on your gate.
Back in the day, they did not make junk like that. Now you have to look for
a beefy alternative or special order them. Again, I found both items ate Ace
Take some good measurements. You will need some big bolts to to fasten the
gate caster. (And maybe a helping hand to mount it.) I used small latg
screws to mount the heavy duty gate latch. It sloved my problem. I an foggy
on the price, but is seemed to me that I paid about $40 - $50 for the
everything. Make sure you have a drill bit long enough to drill the
necessary holes. I used both locking washers and some kind of locking nut
on the bolts. Be sure to drill pilot holes for your gate latch. And get
extra long and BIGGER screws for the gate latch.
Remember, this ain't art. Just get the biggest, baddest stuff you can buy
and mount it with beefy fasteners. You are big. You are bad. You are macho.
Now go kick some ass!
After that, I feel tired. I think I will go take a nap. <VBG>