I’m a sucker for the solid heft of anything round and heavy–crystal ball, bocce, Magic 8 Ball, I’m there–so when I spotted this old-fashioned garden gate accessory, I fell for it immediately. Known as a cannonball closer, it solves the wimpy latch problem. No longer will your gate swing open in the wind if you have a cannonball closer; a heavy ball (or two) hanging from a chain suspended between the gate and a free standing fence post will solve that problem.
Photograph courtesy of The Redeemed Gardener.
The cannonball closer dates to Colonial times. No fancy mechanical bells and whistles; the closer relies on the forces of gravity to pull shut a gate. A Cannonball Gate Closer with a heavy steel ball and 5 feet of chain is $75.24 from Snug Cottage. A Mounting Kit ($14.58) and Gate Stop ($9.18) are sold separately.
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