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BabyDan No Trip Screw Mounted Metal Gate in White
on 21 February 2016
I needed a gate to keeps the dogs out of the kitchen while we were preparing food and this looked like an ideal solution.
I measured the door aperture to check it was suitable and checked that the door jamb was vertical. All was fine so I ordered the gate. It arrived within a couple of days (by Yodel – a company I normally refuse to deal with) and there was a rip in the packaging but the contents seemed OK. I unpacked and checked the contents; all was present according to what may laughingly be termed the assembly instructions. An A4 sheet of paper with diagrams so small that, with a magnifying glass, I could only just read them was supplied and which listed along the top the contents then the fitting process below. The gate is metal so should be strong enough for my purposes and the gate fittings are also metal but the mounting clips are of thin plastic. A paper template for positioning the mounting clips is also provided. Thoughtfully, a spanner is supplied that fits the nuts on the gate.
I assembled the metal fitting to the gate without any problems and thought the rest would be simple. I then used the paper template to mark the position of the hinge side mounting clips. The gate position was much lower than I expected but otherwise OK. I fitted the hinge mounting clips then used the template to position the latch side clips. When I tried closing the gate I found that the latch side clips were 20mmm too high. So I positioned the top clip by using the gate itself as a guide; that means that I now have a visible hole above the top clip that needs to be filled and painted. I then positioned the lower clip vertically below the top clip, easy. I tried closing the gate - the upper latch fitted nicely but the lower latch didn’t fit into the clip. I checked the gate and found that it was slightly curved (about 3mm along its width) instead of being flat and it was also twisted by about 5mm, so little chance of it fitting the template positions. I can’t tell whether the gate was made like this or whether it was damaged in transit. I moved the lower latch clip until it lined up with the gate (I now have another set of holes to be filled and painted). A five minute job that took around 3 hours in all, however, it now fits and does what I need.
My conclusions: Check that the gate is flat before you begin work, it might save you time and trouble. Ignore the paper template, it seems to be inaccurate. It is described as ‘Two-way one-handed opening and double locking’ and the gate can be closed one-handed but it requires two hands to open it. This is a relatively inexpensive gate but you get what you pay for and I was expecting better.