How to fit a ring gate latch

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How to fit a ring gate latch

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Project Overview

It is easy to fit a ring latch when you know how. We’ll show you how to put both sides of the handle on properly and create a hole for the connecting spindle. You will also learn how to install the latch keeper and the catch.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Drill a hole for the ring latch spindle
2 Install the front half of the ring latch handle
3 Trim the ring latch spindle to length
4 Install the back half of the ring latch handle
5 Install the latch keeper for the ring latch
6 Install the ring latch catch plate on the gate frame.
  • Step 1. Drill a hole for the ring latch spindle

    The piece of metal that connects the two sides of the handle is called the spindle. To drill a hole through the gate for the spindle, lift the gate off its hinges and use a spade bit. In this case, we are installing the handle on to a picket gate with a steel frame. So our hole is drilled through the middle of a picket at the same height as the handle mount on the back of the frame.
  • Step 2. Install the front half of the ring latch handle

    Put the spindle into the front half of your ring latch handle. Then poke the spindle through the spindle hole and place the handle plate flat on to the front face of your gate. Now drill pilot holes for your screws and screw the handle plate onto the gate.
  • Step 3. Trim the ring latch spindle to length

    Sometimes the spindle for a ring latch is too long for the gate and it needs to be trimmed. To work out how much spindle to remove, measure the gap between the back handle plate and the gate frame. Now remove your spindle and use a hacksaw to cut that amount off the end.
  • Step 4. Install the back half of the ring latch handle

    Once the back plate of the handle sits flat on the frame of your gate, screw it into place. In this example we are screwing the plate onto a steel frame, so instead of drilling pilot holes, we have used self-tapping screws. Before you start driving your screws in, move the handle around until you are sure the spindle is sitting in the middle of the spindle hole.
  • Step 5. Install the latch keeper for the ring latch

    Slip the latch keeper over the tongue of the latch and place it flat on the gate frame. Then position it so the latch is roughly horizontal and screw it into place. Once again, we are working with self-tapping screws so we just drive them straight into the frame.
  • Step 6. Install the ring latch catch plate on the gate frame.

    Hang your gate back on its hinges and hold it in the closed position. Then place the catch plate on the gatepost. Position it so the tongue of the latch is all the way down and sitting in the catch. Now screw it into position and you’re done.

Tools and Materials


  • Drill
  • Dust mask
  • Ear muffs
  • Gloves
  • Jigsaw
  • Ruler
  • Safety glasses


  • Gate latch
  • Marker
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Self-tapping screws
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