How to fit a ring gate latch

Ari
View the video

How to fit a ring gate latch

View the video
×

Project Overview

It is easy to fit a ring latch when you know how. We’ll show you how to put both sides of the handle on properly and create a hole for the connecting spindle. You will also learn how to install the latch keeper and the catch.
Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Drill a hole for the ring latch spindle
2 Install the front half of the ring latch handle
3 Trim the ring latch spindle to length
4 Install the back half of the ring latch handle
5 Install the latch keeper for the ring latch
6 Install the ring latch catch plate on the gate frame.
  • Step 1. Drill a hole for the ring latch spindle

    The piece of metal that connects the two sides of the handle is called the spindle. To drill a hole through the gate for the spindle, lift the gate off its hinges and use a spade bit. In this case, we are installing the handle on to a picket gate with a steel frame. So our hole is drilled through the middle of a picket at the same height as the handle mount on the back of the frame.
  • Step 2. Install the front half of the ring latch handle

    Put the spindle into the front half of your ring latch handle. Then poke the spindle through the spindle hole and place the handle plate flat on to the front face of your gate. Now drill pilot holes for your screws and screw the handle plate onto the gate.
  • Step 3. Trim the ring latch spindle to length

    Sometimes the spindle for a ring latch is too long for the gate and it needs to be trimmed. To work out how much spindle to remove, measure the gap between the back handle plate and the gate frame. Now remove your spindle and use a hacksaw to cut that amount off the end.
  • Step 4. Install the back half of the ring latch handle

    Once the back plate of the handle sits flat on the frame of your gate, screw it into place. In this example we are screwing the plate onto a steel frame, so instead of drilling pilot holes, we have used self-tapping screws. Before you start driving your screws in, move the handle around until you are sure the spindle is sitting in the middle of the spindle hole.
  • Step 5. Install the latch keeper for the ring latch

    Slip the latch keeper over the tongue of the latch and place it flat on the gate frame. Then position it so the latch is roughly horizontal and screw it into place. Once again, we are working with self-tapping screws so we just drive them straight into the frame.
  • Step 6. Install the ring latch catch plate on the gate frame.

    Hang your gate back on its hinges and hold it in the closed position. Then place the catch plate on the gatepost. Position it so the tongue of the latch is all the way down and sitting in the catch. Now screw it into position and you’re done.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Drill
  • Dust mask
  • Ear muffs
  • Gloves
  • Jigsaw
  • Ruler
  • Safety glasses

Materials

  • Gate latch
  • Marker
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Self-tapping screws
Person securing horizontal rails 07:06

Fences & Gates How to build a gate We show you how easy it can be to add extra privacy, security and street appeal to your home simply by building a wooden gate.

build a fence

Fences & Gates How to build a fence Find out everything you need and the two important things you must check before you start building a fence.

summary

Fences & Gates How to choose a garden screen An outdoor screen is the ultimate concealer. You may want to hide something in your garden, add some privacy to an area or create an eye-catching feature. No matter what you want to do, there are a few options to consider.

Man painting a timber fence green using a spray gun 02:49

Fences & Gates How to spray paint a picket fence Spray painting is a fast and efficient way to paint a fence. We’ll teach you the techniques to do the job properly.

Man attaching the bamboo screen to the fence 03:14

Fences & Gates How to install bamboo screening A bamboo fence is a great way to add some privacy or even just hide an ugly fence. Watch our step by step guide and we’ll show you how to install one.

picket fence

Fences & Gates Which fence is right for your home? Whether it’s for privacy, keeping pets and kids safely inside (or outside if it’s a pool) or as a decorative feature, there’s a type of fence that can add safety, security and style to any home. They’re also a great D.I.Y. project so you can get the...

Man using a saw to cut top off the posts 07:09

Fences & Gates How to build a picket gate A picket gate can give you extra privacy and security. Learn how easy it is to build a picket gate with our easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

Attach surround to lattice 02:17

Fences & Gates How to install a lattice fence We show you how to create a screen or fence with lattice.

hydrangea

Planting & Growing How to create an allergy-friendly garden If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezi...

pallet coffee table

Outdoor Living Five D.I.Y. ideas to update your outdoors Autumn is a great time of the year to tick off a few D.I.Y. projects from your to-do list. Here are a few good ideas to get you started.

pot

Planters How to choose the right plant pot Pots are a great way to add colour, interest or texture to your outdoor space. Tuscan Path’s Elaine Foster shares her top tips on how to choose the perfect pot.

sunflower

Planting & Growing How to plant and care for sunflowers Sunflowers are a great way to add colour to your garden, and they’re easy to grow and care for. Bunnings Greenlife buyer Katie explains the basics of how to grow sunflowers and shares some tips on how to care for them.

orchid

Planting & Growing How to care for orchids Orchids are a low-maintenance flower that can be grown indoors or outside in a protected location. And, with a little care, they will provide you with lots of colour.

paint

Guides & Projects How to upcycle almost anything with paint Rather than throwing out old household items, you can restore them with paint. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to give anything from furniture to fences a new lease on life. Learn how to paint and prepare different surfaces to get the finish y...

DIY balcony and courtyard garden

Planters D.I.Y. balcony and courtyard garden Even if your outdoor space is limited to a balcony or courtyard, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having a garden. The team at Tuscan Path, who have been supplying pots to the Australian marketplace for over 40 years, share some ideas on how ...

 kitchen benchtop materials

Benchtops & Cabinets A guide to kitchen benchtop materials The perfect benchtop will add style to any kitchen. It’ll also see the most action, so choosing the right benchtop for your kitchen – and budget – is an important decision explains Bunnings Kitchen Designer Ben Carey.

Top of the content