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This is NOT a pressure gate, the assembly instructions tell you to use wall anchors for installation. I have chosen not to follow the assembly instructions and set it up as purely a pressure gate (did not use wall anchors) for our dog and at the moment it seems ok.
The gate is heavy and appears well constructed. It was a nightmare to unpack with no few than 12-15 tie wraps that required cutting while being careful not to mar the finish during cutting. It does look pretty good once installed. Let's face it, it looks like an indoor fence - a very nice indoor fence. Way more attractive than those big plastic things available today.
There are many different configurations available which allows this to be used in openings of various sizes. That said, the tiny print in the assembly instructions was hard to read (let's consider the possibility that grandparents may be assembling this and eyesight may no longer be 20/20!). I felt the plastic pieces didn't fit into the metal rails properly.
Installation was awkward. The gate isn't secured until the unit is installed and properly adjusted. The gate can swing quickly and violently if you aren't paying attention when positioning. I would recommend using a bungee cord or string to loosely secure the gate section during installation.
As far as I can tell, all baby gates are pretty disappointing. This one is priced a little higher than others and has some avoidable defects though.
Avoidable defects: - There's a bar across the bottom of the gate. If you install at the bottom of the stairs, this is OK, because it just goes where the bottom stair is anyway. Anywhere else, it means you could trip or stub your toe on the bottom bar. I think this could actually be pretty dangerous at the top of stairs since you'd trip on your way down. I'd recommend getting a different model where there's nothing below the swinging part of the door. - This gate must be installed with the bottom bar flat on the floor. This is a big disadvantage if you have any kind of baseboard along the floor of your house. You'll either have to drill through the baseboard, or just leave the lower mounting arms of the gates with no screws, just pressure fit. But this gate isn't designed to be pressure fit so it won't work very well. I'd recommend getting another model that doesn't need to be installed flat on the floor, so you can mount it above your baseboard.
Less avoidable defects: As far as I can tell, most baby gates are pretty disappointing and will have comparable problems. But some things wrong with this gate include - During installation, you have to pull some plastic plugs out of metal housings. The instructions recommend prying them out with a flathead screwdriver. You have to use the plugs again later on, but they're made of soft plastic and they're stuck in the housing really tight, so in my case I ended up damaging them a lot while prying them out. - The gate isn't a solid piece, it kind of bows until you have it mounted on the walls and tensioned correctly. This means it's really hard to measure the right locations to drill the holes for the mounting feet, because the gate isn't a solid rectangle that you can hold up in place and measure. You really have to pressure fit it perfectly before marking the places to drill, since the top of the gate isn't straight and the latch doesn't work unless it's pressurized perfectly. It's really hard to get this all set up because you need to test opening and closing the door to tell if you've got the pressure fit right, but the gate isn't designed to stay in place from pressure alone. - I've only just installed this today, but I don't think the gate is going to last very long. It is very easy to bend and shake with a small amount of force. It's also easy to turn the pressure bolts by hand. I think that as kids grab and yank on the gate the bolts will just come loose on their own and the gate will start to sag.
I should have returned this when it came, but I was so anxious to get it up that I ignored the red flags. Namely, it came with one of the plastic caps broken. As it turns out, we didn't need the piece that was broken, so we worked with what we had. The installation was pretty straight forward and easy.
I should mention we bought 2 different brands of gate, because we have 2 openings - each a different size so I picked gates that would work best for each spot. As a result I am able to compare the gates and know what works and what doesn't. I like the size of this gate - it is easy to adjust the width and I love that the door doesn't automatically swing closed, so it will stay open if you want it to. Depending on your needs, that last point may be a negative, but for us the ability to walk in and out without opening it each time comes in handy. The problems with this gate however are too many to overcome - I highly recommend NOT buying this gate. There are two main issues (1) the mechanism to open the gate broke within 3 months of use. I have to force the latching piece down each time in order for it to engage. This is a pain and not easy to do. The second problem is that the gate doesn't stay in place very well. As I mentioned, I have two different gates and each are used regularly. The other gate hasn't shifted AT ALL and it didn't take any plaster off the wall to stay locked in position. This gate is constantly needing to be repositioned due to shifting and has taken plaster off the walls in the process so now I need to do touch up work to the walls. Now that the latching machanism is broken I need to replace this gate, fix the walls and buy a new gate. Skip the headaches and buy a different brand gate.
We ordered this gate knowing that we would need to use it at the widest advertised width (51") to fit our space. When we installed it in the space, the screw mounting brackets were screwed completely to the very edge and the gate would fall over about once a week with somewhat little traffic. It would shake loose because the screw brackets would fall out of the holes (since they were at their edge). In the long run, we had to order another extension piece to fit 51". I don't think this item should be advertised as fitting that large of a width because it doesn't function properly at that width. I wouldn't suggest it for widths larger than 48. It's working much better for us now that we have the extension.
I was so happy with the weight and appearance of this gate when I repackaged it. It went together easily. This was less than a week ago and in that s short time I am far from happy! Less than a week of light use and the latch would not release. It was stuck inside. I finally took the screw out and it popped out. So I put the screws back in and tried it again. Again it would not come out when the buttons were released. I finally figured out that a good pop on the side with my hand makes it come back out. This should not happen with the price paid. I would h ave to take the whole thing apart again to send it back and try to pack it back up to return. In the mean time I would be without. So I guess I am stuck keeping a faulty gate. Too bad since it is very attractive for a gate but I can't recommend it if this is the quality of the latch. I hate that it is faulty because I really like the gate.
The look of this product is great, install was challenging but I managed. From the get go the locking mechanism would stick in the open position and you would have to hit the door to get the lock to re-engage. This was manageable while adults were using it, but when my 9 year old went through the gate last and thought she had closed it, the lock did not engage. Our 2 yr old fell down the stairs after that! Luckily she is ok! Just some bruises, but it was scary! After a little WD40 to the top and bottom double button unlocking system, the latch works great, but heads up to buyers that if the latch sticks in the open position - fix it fast! However, feel this is a major design flaw, since this is basically the main function of the baby gate - locking in place whenever you close it!
It is too wide for one staircase but removing a panel makes it too narrow. I had to take off the adjusting nuts to make it fit. The gate keeps popping open and I haven’t figured out a solution yet. On another staircase it popped open with a little pressure. I adjusted the nuts to tighten the closure but I don’t think the latch is sturdy enough to keep the gate from opening.
This gate is well constructed, looks great, and is very sturdy, however, it has one major flaw. The locking mechanism is way too easy to open. I can pinch the 2 buttons that open the gate together with my thumb and little finger. My 19 month old opened this gate one handed by himself within the day and thought it was a great toy. We sent this back. If I had a dog that needed to be contained and no small kiddos, this would be the gate I'd get. It's tall and has a wide walkthrough opening, and the gate swings smooth as silk. If the buttons were offset and/or the spring tension was higher, this would be the perfect gate. Until the manufacturer makes that improvement -- if what you are needing to contain has opposable thumbs, stay away.