This is supposed to OUR 'secret' lock, accessible through the hole in the gate. I had to make this because locking the gate does not suit. It is to prevent or make it difficult for people who 'intrude' into the compound while we are away. It is because many do not close back the gate while they go out and the stray cattle may enjoy my plants. So I thought it is better to deter their entry with this. Postman, Courier-man, electric meter reader, water meter reader, gas cylinderwala and it can be anyone.
It is a simple arrangement that we can operate with one hand through the gap in the gate, standing outside it. Of course, we can lock it from inside too. An old hook, a hinge, a few screws and a few wooden pieces were all that were required for this project. I had to use two base pieces of wood and they were shaped to fit in the gap between the metal sheet and a support bar of the gate so that they were tightly in place. Pictures are explanatory.
Gate as seen from inside.
Open position allows normal circular movement of the latch.
Now seen in close or lock position. The wooden piece fitted to a hinge is turned to stop the latch from rotating. This wooden piece required a stopper. So it was another wooden piece, operates like a hook but stops the other piece on the hinge from opening. To open it, this has to be lifted up. I fitted a hook which has to be opened first.
The locked system in place.
This is the open position. The horizontal piece now sits on the smaller block.
Steps: Open the metal hook, lift the wooden hook, turn the other wooden piece on its hinge and then leave the wooden hook to rest.
This is a modified version of the previous one in place made of stiff wire. It was done in a hurry 2 years ago and needed a better arrangement. Wanted to do on the same lines, but as I was scratching my head, this new idea fell out!
I've to wait and see how tough it would be for intruders who may use their brains to barge in. They can only feel the weird thing from outside if they try. If they manage to come in, they are sure to look at the arrangement as this could be the only kind in the world! I cannot help if they still leave the gate open and go away! If gates are open cows may enter our garden and enjoy the greens, a horrible sight to see!