Keeping the front gate open
Entering the front gate freely
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Keeping the outside gate open
I also made a video of this project:
Note from the supermagnete team:
Keeping the garden gate open
So, my parents put a wire loop around the hook, which should secure the gate. But my mother was complaining about having to bend over every time she needed to open or close the gate.
Thereafter, I got two larger disc magnets with an adhesive force of 6,7 kg respectively and attached them to the hooks with a thick layer of duct tape. This solved the problem in a few minutes (see picture below).
A new construction would have been considerably more expensive.
And since the gate's position adjusts from time to time due to temperature changes in summer or winter, it doesn't matter is the hook doesn't fit exactly on the fastener. The magnet holds it in place.
Notes form the supermagnete team:
- The duct tape should protect the magnets from corrosion during wet weather. Make sure the magnets are completely wrapped.
- Neodymium magnets chip easily under heavy pressure. Don't let the gate crash into the magnets. A thick layer of duct tape can protect the magnets a little from heavy blows.
- Using rubberised neodymium magnets would make things easier: They are waterproof and don't break easily. For a comparable disc we recommend S-20-10-R.
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