Installing a lock in a solid wooden gate can be a frustrating experience, but it shouldn’t have to be. On a mission to simplify gate hardware, UK company Gatemaster has just launched a new lock for wooden gates aimed to make the whole process easier.
DON’T CHISEL YOUR DAY AWAY
Wooden gates are commonly fittedwith digital combination locks due to the convenience and ease of use.And they provide a safe solution for securing your garden gate with the option of quickly changing the code.
Many keypad locks for wooden gates consist of a keypad attached to a tubular mortice lock, which needs to be chiselled into the wooden gate. This can often lead to long hours of measuring out the area and the chiselling itself. Even for the most experienced DIY guys, such a job can end up with frustration, holes that are a bit too big or small, and rough edges.
Another issue is the constant changes a wooden gate goes through throughout the year. During winter, your gate will absorb moisture, which can cause the gate to swell and the lock mechanism to pinch when operating. Conversely, when the gate retracts again in the summer temperatures, a gap can appear between the latch and receiving end on the gate post. If those two don’t meet, the lock is practically useless.
INTRODUCING THE SUPERLATCH
Unless you like a good challenge or are an expert carpenter, you might want an easier solution that is more secure than just a pad bolt or padlock.
That’s where Gatemaster – known for their range of easy-to-fit bolt-on locks for metal gates – aims to simplify gate hardware. That includes cutting down the time you spend installing your locks on both wooden and metal gates.
In September last year they announced that they were working on a new surface-fixed lock to complete their Superlock range (the Superlock BDGW)and now they are launching yet another quick-to-install lock for wooden gates. And they call it the Superlatch.
One could call it the cousin of the Superlock family and that is not just because of the name. All manufactured in the UK, the Superlatch features a similar design and even uses the same keypad design as the rest of the keypad Superlocks. The difference lies from the way it is opened on the inside.
The Superlatch has a latch lever handle hiding behind an integrated shroud. You can therefore quickly open the gate from the inside by lifting the lever handle, but the gate is secured with a code on the outside.
HOW DOES IT WORK THEN?
To install the SLDS Superlatch you simply have to measure and drill two 5mm holes and one 12mm hole through the face of the gate. You can then secure the marine grade keypad and stainless-steel latch body to the gate with ease and without the need to call a specialist or give up your entire weekend.
Easy to install, great for outdoor use and perfect for any slight movements in the timber gate or post.
For more information on the SLDS, get in touch with Gatemaster through their website www.gatemasterlocks.com.