Lock for Gate Hinge
Pigs instinctually root at things and lift them. To prevent them from lifting the gates off the hinges our son Will drilled a hole for a lock ring pin securing the metal gates to the hinge pins.
The gates are metal and electrified off our fencing circuit so that pigs won’t work at them. The wooden post acts as an insulator for the reduced voltage. But sometimes the pigs lift the gate and knock it off before the next shock since voltage spikes only come once a second and are very brief, perhaps a millisecond long. By having the gate locked down on the hinge down the pig has to work at it more. By having the electric the pig will refrain from working it since it will get shocked one of those times and come to respect the gate as being a “No Touch” object. The combination works.
The voltage is low enough that I can open the gate standing in my rubber boots with my gloves on. There is also a switch that wise people use to turn off the gate power before they grab the gate and get shocked.
The advantage of the hinge pin over simply turning the upper pin upside down is it provides stronger support for long gates and is easier to remove without tools. On the other hand, for gates that thumbkin might mess with the inverted top pin is more secure since it does require tools to remove. Non-lethal electrification of the gate also helps discourage trespassers in such cases. In fact, I’ve observed that thumbkin are reluctant to even touch my gates with their little signs that say “Warning: Electrified Gate” dangling down and facing outward…
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