Clever DIY Self-Closing Gate Mechanisms

UK-based Rob Ives spotted this unusual DIY hinge. As he explains:

“It’s lambing time here in the frozen north (Cumbria UK). The farmers are keen that the gates to the fields remain closed. They have a few different mechanisms to close the gates automatically. These range for springs to heavy stones on chains with various levels of polish and complexity. We came across one I hadn’t seen before today and I think I needed to consult with an estate agent or an architect how these were done!”

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“The mechanism uses the weight of the steel gate to keep it closed. As the gate is opened the nylon wheel rolls up a slope lifting the gate up on the hinge. Let go of the gate and the wheel rolls down the slope closing the gate. Neat.”

Ives, by the way, is actually a designer of build/make kits for kids. You can check out his stuff here.

Here’s another clever build, for a fence that allows you to step over it (source unknown):

Lastly, one other DIY way to prevent an animal from escaping a fenced-in area:

Source: core77

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