Block it up!

This month’s photo contest winner came a long way from first thinking they wouldn’t be able to use the latch they ordered…check it out!

Front of Gate with Coastal Bronze Black Contemporary Arch Plate Lever Latch F1-401-35-M-SET 360 Yardware

“I just realized that the Contemporary Arch Plate Lever Latch I bought will not work with the dimensions of the wood used to construct the gate. The issue that became immediately apparent is that the latch is wider than the 2 x 4.

The fence company just completed the fence and I now realize that when I ordered the latch that I measured the wood on the outside of the gate which seemed wide enough to mount the latch; however, it consists of merely a wide trim piece over a 2 x 4. Obviously, on the inside is only a 2 x 4 that is not wide enough for the beautiful latch that I bought. Silly (dumb) mistake.

I think I can attach a section of 2×4 to the inside of the gate that will provide the width that I need to install the latch.”

YES!

This does happen, and Dan got it exactly right. When it does, we’d recommend a ‘blocking’ technique, where you attach a block of wood to the frame on the interior of the gate. This creates a flat surface for the latch to be installed.

We think it turned out great, plus we love seeing that gate stop installed for overall hardware longevity!

Coastal Bronze Black Contemporary Arch Plate Lever Latch F1-401-35-M-SET 360 Yardware