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Installing a Gate Latch

By The Ugly Duckling House on May 17, 2012
I put off easy tasks way too much.

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The gate to the back yard fence had a latch on the wrong side for over two years.  Even after the latch broke, and even though I had a dog who preferred the front yard to the back and kept constantly trying to jump the fence, I still didn't do anything about it for months.

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And then with no particular reason last night, I finally stopped making excuses.  I bought a new latch and unscrewed the old.  Seemed like things would be simple enough.  And then I immediately dropped one of the rusty screws into the dirt.

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The rest went a little more smoothly.  First, I drilled pilot holes to keep the wood from splitting.

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Then I screwed in the three rusty leftovers (the package came with screws, but they were too long to keep from sticking out of the other side of the door).  When I needed to screw in the other side of the latch, I realized the bit I was using was too short.  Insert "size matters" joke here.

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I'm very proud of this shot.  It's not easy taking a picture of something that requires two hands to do.

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It took fifteen minutes.  Well, two years and fifteen minutes.

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What have you been putting off for too long?

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