How to Install Thumb Latch Gate Hardware

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How To Install the Gate Hardware

Position the latch body (catch) on the gate post first.  Drill pilot holes for the screws using a drill bit the size of the screws that will be used to install the latch and then install the catch using the screws that came with the kit.

Measure for the latch that will be installed on the gate itself.  The latch should be positioned higher than the catch to allow the thumb piece to move freely and pop the latch out of the catch when you want to open the gate.  Mark the slot for the thumb piece carefully, ensure that the bolt will strike the catch properly.   Drill 2 – 1/2″ diameter holes for the thumb lever piece and chisel out in between the holes.  Install the latch.

 closeup of thumb latch gate hardware

Slide the thumb piece through the handle and then through the latch on the outside of the gate.  Test before securing to ensure that the bolt works properly and then use the screws and bolt to secure the outer handle in place.  The bolt should be lightly resting in bottom of the slot.

All finished!

 Gate Latch hardware



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