This is the gate into my back yard. I love this gate, or at least the idea of this gate. The gate itself kinda sucks. It doesn’t really fit into the frame and the latch is super crappy.
|note extra screw.|
When we moved here (last year) I bought a new latch. Clearly that’s as far as that project ever went. Now that I have a blog, I finally have a reason to fix things.
First, I opened the package to make sure that the latch I bought matches the one I am removing. It was not the exact same, but it was pretty close. Close enough for my style of fixin’!
I decide to install the top and deal with the bottom later. In order to install the lag screw on top, I need a ½” socket wrench, so I turn to my tool box. I notice that I have all of the pieces to my socket set, as I am a firm believer in ALWAYS returning tools to their place!
Once my battery is reacharged I attach the inside part of the latch. There isn’t much to this, since it just lines up with the lever from the front.
I decided to buy a special drill bit, one made for drilling into masonry. But first, I make dinner for my family.
After drilling the holes, I insert a couple of plastic anchors and attach the rest of the latch.
The last step is to deal with the bottom of the front handle, remember the nut and bolt? When I was at the hardware store, I picked up a package of lag screws.