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Need to keep a gate locked for security

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by john9159, 2 Sep 2012.

  1. john9159

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    Hi,
    I manage an allotment site where one member (getting on a bit in years) insists on driving on another persons plot with his car.
    What I urgently need to do somehow is stop one of the two gates to the site from opening.
    The gate has a riser bar which goes into the ground thus holding the gate shut. Ideally I want to somehow fit a lock to this but cannot for the life of me come up with a solution.
    I thought of drilling through the side of the gate but as the metal is 1/2" thick, this will take too long to do.
    An alternative was to drill through the riser bar and fit a padlock through, which would stop the bar from being raised and hence stop the gate from opening. Again this would take too long.
    I need a quick solution before he gets back from holiday and causes more havoc.

    Sorry can't post a pic from documents for some reason.
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    Either way, you need to prevent this bloke from lifting the riser bolt, so if you can't drill it, I guess you're going to have to fabricate a couple of bars of metal meccano style which, when bolted together above the bolt, will stop the lifting.
    It shouldn't be too difficult to drill, surely?
    John :)
     
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    Have the plot in question dug over to a depth of 2ft, and the soil properly broken up, replaced and not compacted in the slightest.

    They'll only drive on it once, and can't make any complaint since digging over a plot is hardly considered unusual on an allotment.
     
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    post a photo of the gate and bolt, both sides.

    you could also fit a folding bollard, if you can dig a pit for its root, and chain it to the gate http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Parking-B...100?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item35bf8906bc

    even digging a drainage ditch round the perimeter might do.

    I often tie my plants to pieces of scrap angle-iron and iron pipe, hammered into the ground, and I have a post-and-rail fence where the posts are concrete fence-spurs, and the rails pieces of 2x4

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mild-Stee..._Metalworking_Supplies_ET&hash=item43b2deb283
     
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    what you need is some sort of clamp round the pin to stop it lifting past a certain height, positioned under where the pin goes through the mounting plate or guide hole, if you padlock it he could still smash the padlock off, so a clamp that is bolted will be just as much a deterrant as he would need 2 spanners to loosen the bolt to allow the clamp to drop down, you need to measure the diameter of the pin and get something from B&Q etc with a bolt, look in the plumbing and electrical sections for something suitable
     
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    A 'bulldog' clip:-
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    (the ones used to clamp wire rope, not the paperclip)

    or a shaft collar:-
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    fitted around the bolt below the gate to stop it lifting may do the job.

    A small exhaust clamp, or a 'U' clamp, as used for fixing TV aerials etc. might also do the job.

    A handful of nuts a size bigger than the clamp nuts (10mm if the threads on the clamp are 8mm) make useful spacers to put under the 'working' nuts to help close up the gap if the clamp is bigger than the bolt.

    Another thought - A length of chain padlocked to the 'fixed' gate about halfway up, just long enough to lay on the ground, and anchored to the 'working' gate's post. Pedestrians can open one gate and walk over the chain laying on the ground, but opening the other gate pulls the chain tight, blocking the gateway.
     
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