Category: Outdoor Environment

Tools To Open Outdoor Childproof Gate

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with multiple sclerosis to open childproof gates to wetlands and shopping districts. The gates were required by law for safety have a pin mounted on the top of the gatepost. The pin has to be lifted as the gate is opened, operations which are not manageable for an individual using a wheelchair. The first step was to create a device to assist in lifting the button for the pin. A barbecue fork was adapted for this purpose by forming a sausage-shaped handle extension from modelling clay and attaching it to the fork with insulating tape. A knob, also made of modelling clay, was placed on the prongs of the fork to create the needed leverage to lift the pin. The tool to pull or push the gate (depending on whether the individual was entering or exiting) consisted of an extendable broom handle with a metal pin mounted on a bracket at the lower end at a right angle to the handle. The pin fits into an eyebolt installed on a mounting block in front of the gate. The user slots the pin into the eyebolt using the broom handle while using the other tool to pull up the pin. The broom handle is used to open the gate. A traditional door magnet mounted on an angle bracket bolted to the post-and-beam fence holds the gate open until manually released. TITLE: Gate Opener. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol 23 no 2, Autumn 2003: p.10 to 11. PAGES (including cover): 3 2003.


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