How to Put a Lock on a Wooden Gate

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How to Put a Lock on a Wooden Gate
Hasp-type latches often have pivoting catches that keep the gate closed, with or without a padlock. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Gate-locking mechanisms are available in a wide variety of styles to suit your budget and security needs. For gates that stay closed most of the time, a hinged hasp-type locking mechanism or hasp lock is typically suitable. The hasp lock has two parts, a hinged metal strap with an elongated hole and a U-shaped catch. The metal strap is typically mounted on the gate and the U-shaped catch is mounted on the gate post. When the hasp lock is engaged, the hole in the strap fits over the U-shaped catch. The shackle of a padlock is placed through the catch to lock the gate.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Hasp lock kit, including mounting screws
  • Drill with driving bit
  • Padlock

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  1. 1

    Close the gate. Test fit the hasp lock on the gate by placing the hasp onto the catch and holding it at a convenient vertical level with the metal strap centred over the gap between the gate and gatepost. Use a pencil to trace a line around the baseplate of the catch. Remove the hasp lock.

  2. 2

    Reposition the catch on the gatepost, aligned to the pencil marks. Using a drill and driver bit, screw the base plate of the catch to the gate post.

  3. 3

    Place the base plate of the strap-portion of the hasp lock on the gate, aligned to the catch. Place the hole in the strap over the catch, as if you are preparing to lock the gate. Holding the strap portion in place, screw the base plate to the gate.

  4. 4

    Unlock the padlock. Thread the U-shaped portion or shackle of the lock through the hole in the catch. Engage the lock.

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