Something new for me. I have a client who wants me to build them 7 sets of custom dog gates. All interior, some at the top/bottom of stairs and others between rooms. Most will be double gates and will need some kind of latch to keep them shut. I'm thinking either a hook latch or bolt. Any advice? Other options?
Will also need some kind of retention device to hold them open. And while I'm at it, any input on the best hinges? This is for a $4 million house, so has to look nice. Dog is a pitbull, so hardware has to be robust. Will consider subbing this out if anyone in central NJ shore area has done this before.
If you are doing double doors, you'll need to get a pin in the floor. Any kind of bolt or slide will still allow a lot of movement. Unless, you add a bolt like they used in King Kong movie. A greased log that slid across both gates! LOL Study child gates. I installed a couple at my daughter's apartment. Very nice adjustments and locks. Anything at the top of stairs can't have any fixed parts below the gates. They are trip hazards.
We have done a couple of these doggie rooms. Gates were 6/4" frames with 3/4" X 3 Slats Domino'd together. Made a "jamb" each side with stops. High end slide bolt to lock.
Mortised in Mag catch to a mag to a Magnet embeded also into to the wall
Last room we made 2" thick,12" X 48"H Dog bones on the CNC as Columns under the upper cabinet
So, hinges? I'm thinking double acting spring hinges, maybe? I've used the big Bommer hinges for restaurant applications, but seems like they're overkill for this application.
And what about latches? They're double doors, so maybe a hook latch or heavier duty bolt? I know a recessed floor bolt would probably be the most secure, but I can picture it scraping an arc into the wood floors if not fully retracted.
Gravity hinges, or Cafe Door hinges, like those used on swinging doors will work if the gates are not too heavy. The gates can swing both ways, so to speak.
A latch bolt will not work if the dogs jump up on or push on the gates. The floor bolt is the best/only way to preserve canine segregation. Have a metal shop fab one with a spring to keep the bolt up off the floor unless a human pushes it down and turns it to keep it in the hole. Line the hole with a section of metal pipe to take the wear. Pairs require just one latch and rabbeted doors.
Thanks for all the ideas so far. I'm leaning away from spring loaded hinges and considering Soss or Tectus (like Soss, but adjustable). I'd think a slide bolt could work if it's long enough or maybe a hook latch. May have to mock it up in the shop and test it.
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