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This article is from the Baby Proofing FAQ, by Sandra Smith, sandra@cs.toronto.edu with numerous contributions by others.

35 Baby Proofing Gates

From: Nichael Cramer, Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc., Cambridge MA
ncramer@bbn.com

We found a *great* one (well, two actually) at Somerville Lumber (which, of
course, means nothing if you're from outside New England). Unfortunately,
we've had it for +3yrs, so I don't remember the brand name or anything.

I'm going to steal Pat's picture to give you some idea what it looks like.

  |                                        |
  |XI  ________________________________ XXX|
  |XI  )------------------------------+---X|
  |XI  |/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\| o|X|
W |XI}{|\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/|  |X| W
A |XI  |/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\|  |X| A
L |XI  |\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/|  |X| L
L |XI  |/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\|  |X| L
  |XI  |\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/|  |X|
  |XI  |/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\|  |X|
  |XI  |\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/|  |X|
  |XI}{|/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\|  |X|
  |XI  |\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/| /XX|
  |XI  )______________________________|/XXX|    (Pieces not to scale)
  |XI  -------------------------------/ XXX|
  |XI___________________________________XXX|

Basically, it's a hinged gate. Two permanent attachments are made to the
adjoining walls, but the itself gate is removable.

On the left, the "X" part is attached to the wall. In cross-section it
looks like this:

      |XXXXXX
      |X****X
(Wall)|X******** ....
      |X********
      |X****X
      |XXXXXX

Where the "X" is the part attached to the wall and the "*" is the part of
the gate to which the hinge is attached. The gate part can be lifted out
and moved to be used in another doorway that has its own the "permanent"
pieces in place. (The "permanent" part is attached to the wall with 2 [3?]
screws and was very simple to attach.)

On the right side is the "latching" mechanism. This is a little hard to
draw, but in cross-section this looks like:

         ------------  |
     *********  XXXXXXX|
 ... *********  XXXXXXX| (Wall)
     *********  XXXXXXX|
         ------------  |

Where the "*" is the gate and the "X" is a strip that is attached to the
wall. The "-" part is one piece that slides up and to the left (i.e.
towards the center of the gate) and so swings free of the part attached to
the wall. (NOTE the "o" in the main diagram is a "bullet-latch" to keep
the moving part in place.)

This is almost impossible to describe and/or to draw, but is really very
simple in real life.

We have two which we use at the top of stairs. They're pretty heavy duty
and have lasted us through two kids with no mishaps so far.

 

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