Handle Sleeve

There are many ways to provide security for an outdoor gate. In some cases it may be necessary to prevent people outside the fence from reaching the inside handle on a gate.  If you happen to have a length of steel tubing handy, this approach might be the right solution.

Gate Handle Cover Front

One issue it presented however, was that the handle was difficult to reach even when you are on the inside of the gate.

Gate Handle Cover Back

It would also be difficult to operate whenever you’re holding something in your hand or if perhaps your arm was too big to fit into the tube!

Any other concerns?

Shapely Locks

A half-circle gate latch. Closed.

And now open.

There is not much to this simple device. It may not be able to endure vigorous attempts to break it open, nor is it as quick to slide open and shut as some latches, but it is a different take on a standard mechanism.  It is also more aesthetically pleasing in my opinion.

Can one be pleasantly surprised by a lowly gate latch?  It seems I can.