Tips for installing a gate latch include measuring carefully, installing a gate stop along with the latch and using gate hardware instead of door hardware. Installing a gate latch is within the range of skills for most homeowners.
Gate latches and the associated hardware require careful measurements, ensuring they are in the correct location and engage. A wrong measurement sometimes means moving the lock and leaving unsightly holes in the gate. Adding a gate stop prevents the gate from swinging too far in the opposite direction. This helps to keep the hinges working correctly. While gates operate in a similar manner to doors, they require special hardware that withstands the weather and heavier weight of the gate.