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Most Universal Gravity Latches for Wooden Picket Fence Door have no pull cable for opening from with

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Don2222, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

    Feb 1, 2010
    Salem NH

    Many of these latches do not come with a pull cable!!

    I tried a simple solution with a string tied around the top of the fence post, but that was cumbersom when I had to reach up to the top of the post to grab the string!

    So finally, instead of spending a grand sum of approx of $10 bucks or so, I went to Home Depot and got 6 inches of steel chain at 0.52 cents per foot. Then I found a large and small key ring lying around my house and then drilled a 3/8" hole on a slight angle from front to back of the fence post. The angle allows the chain to fall back and when the door is closed, it latches without the need for a spring!!

    To open the door from the inside now, just pull the key ring!! It works good and only costs 26 cents!

    Saved approx $6.73 for a cable pull
    see >> http://www.amazon.com/Handyman-Service-186900-Latch-Cable/dp/B005HXHER2

    Or by buying the whole latch with spring and cable!

    See my pics below:

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