How does the Gap Latch work?
The Gap Latch is an award winning wire gate system that has been carefully fine tuned over the last 15 years to make wire gates functional and user-friendly. It comprises of two levers that work together. The first being a pivotal bar that attaches to the strainer post. The second is an overcentering lever that is attached to the top of the gate post and folds out to grab the top of the pivotal lever. As this lever is pulled back, both the top and bottom of the gate are tensioned in one easy action. The Gap Latch also comes complete with its own uniquely designed tensioning device that is fitted to the other end of the gate. This end assembly not only makes the gate easy to errect and tension, but it also makes the action of the gate smoother to open and close.
The Complete Gap Latch System
The Gap Latch comes complete with everything you will need, except the wire, to transform the wire gates on your property. The below outlines the main elements of this wire gate system:
This pivotal bar, known as the Equalizer bar, is one of the hidden secrets to the Gap Latch system. Enclosed in a steel cage that is attached to the strainer post, the pivotal bar acts as a tensioning spring in the gate. When opened, the bottom of the Equalizer bar swings out making it very easy to connect the gate. The Gate Post connects to the bottom of the Equalizer bar with a long coach bolt that is bolted to the bottom of the Equalizer to give greater reach. The coach bolt also enables the gate to be tensioned and secured close to the ground so that stock can't push under the gate. The Equalizer bar can be easily attached to any type of strainer with either a bolt, tech screws or both.
The Cage encloses the Equalizer bar and gives strength to the gate by eliminating any sideways movement of the Equalizer bar.
This post is specially designed to make the assembling of the wire gate a simple process and additionally makes the gate easier to handle. It is made out of a 32 nominal bore pipe that has slots at frequent intervals into which cyclone or wire of any size can be attached. At the very bottom of the Gate Post there is a large slot that connects to the coach bolt on the bottom of the Equalizer bar.