A store-bought household product won’t always do what we want it to — it’s difficult to design a mass-market product that’ll 1) fit everyone’s house or setup, and 2) pull off all the jobs we can cook up for it — so we get creative. Reader Vincent Ma has the concept down with his new baby gate mod.
So now that Horten’s crawling and standing, we need to fence out the stairs so he does not do the Humpty Dumpty.
Tyatt found these clear baby fence from Zellers and I’m happy to attach them. However, our fence posts presents a number of problems. One, the height of the pressure pads on the opposite side of the hinge matches with the middle round part of the post, so it doesn’t pressure mount properly and the safety catch thingy cannot be properly attached and two, the wife insists that I do not drill into the post.
So, with a few pieces of leftover dimensional lumber, I quickly constructed a piece that wraps around the post and a sacrificial piece for the screws of the safety catch to mount on. The side flaps are there to prevent the main 2×4 from moving towards the stairs (sliding), and the cable ties prevents the piece from falling off the post. Since the gate should be closed most of the time the 2 cable ties should be sufficient.
This jig preserves the post, I think. I think I’ll attach foam around the edges of the lumber to prevent Horten from a royal bump in the head.
We dig that Vincent still managed to get it done even with the no-drilling handicap imposed by the other half. Once again, a bunch of scrap wood and a few tools save the day.
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