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An elegant design...for a mystery purpose!

Discussion in 'Other Chatter' started by British Red, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    BB came across these the other day and we bought some. What a superb piece of engineering - don't you think?

    Its a piece of genius. The simple ideas are the best.....but what is it?

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    Red
     
  2. Wilderbeast

    Wilderbeast Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    is it bushcrafty?? Part of a zip?? something for hanging cord to for attaching it?? no idea!
     
  3. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    To be fair no, its not "bushcrafty".....

    It is very useful to farmers and other landowners though

    Without a doubt....outdoorsy :)
     
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    Goatboy Full Member

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    Hi British Red,

    I reckon it's part of a gate latch??

    Cheers
    Goatboy
     
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    Is it a simple gate lock? Or something to do with fences?..
     
  6. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Hmmm gate related yes....but what's it for???
     
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    malente Life member

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    I think it looks like a lockable handle. Can't really describe it but I think I've seen these before.

    Be interesting if I am totally off. :D

    Mike
     
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    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Nope...not a handle.....
     
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    Hmm. Couple of ideas. A kind of hinge maybe. Or if it's a lock, I'm guessing it simply slides over a nail or something and the two bars slide over the gate and can be secured.Butttt probably not.
     
  10. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    hmmmmm

    not quite there yet....its one of those ............


    "oh....clever" things....neat and perfect
     
  11. dogwood

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    I'm not quite sure how to describe this -- gesturing is so hard with a keyboard...

    I believe it's a fixture that is attached to a door or gate (typically one at the top and bottom on the edge that swings open) that allows a vertical rod to be slid through.

    The vertical rod then enters a hole in the bottom frame (or, rarely, the top frame if the rod is hinged with a twist handle) and thus secures the door/gate. To open the gate, you simply raise the rod by its handle and push or pull the door/gate open.

    In the fully open position, people sometimes add receiving holes for the vertical rod that allows the gate/door to be held open. I've seen these on some barn doors too.
     
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    Wilderbeast Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    isn't it tiny though??? Can't b a very big gate??
     
  13. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Thats a very clever idea from dogwood...not the intended purpose of this particular thing though..

    Wildebeast- its for chuffing huge five bar gates :).

    I'll give it a day or two for others to do head scratching and then put up a picc of it in use :)
     
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    We do a fair bit of fencing on the estate and ,although we don't use them, I know exactly what it is :p, but I'll not spoil the suspense :D .

    All I'll say is that Bivi Babe is sooo close :) .

    It is such beautiful simple design though.

    Pete.
     
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    robin wood Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Not seen one before but here is my guess. I reckon the one hole slips over the sticky out bit of a standard latch on a five bar gate, the two holey bit goes through the latch bit on the post and you pop a padlock through the two holes.
     
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    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Oooh now what we need is a hybrid of Robins and Bivi Babes answer :D

    A padlock does indeed go through the holes....but it doesn't go over the latch :)
     
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    I'm thinking the double loop is the pivot, it fixes to the gate and when thrown over it lines up with a bolt that goes through the single eye. This allows the gate to be locked.
     
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    Slide it up the back of the latch (the bit with the 90 degree bend) so that it holds the spring forward when padlocked/pinned?

    (Edit: When on the gate the two 'arms' protrude from the side of the gate and are underneath the bolt.)
     
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    I'm not very up on the terminology, but does the 'ground pin' from a set of double gates go through the single hole, the whole widget brought up to the top and padlocked so the top of the 'ground pin' is held down against the 'keeper' (the part in which it slides, attached to the gate?
     

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