The Thing About The Thing That’s Bothering You
My gate doesn't shut properly, and hasn’t since the day we moved in. First few months, you had to slam it. Then it stopped shutting entirely.
I looked at the catch mechanism. Working perfectly. I looked at the alignment of the gate. It was straight.
I’d shut the gate. I’d think it was shut. Then it would blow open. It was driving me crazy. I had to wedge it shut with heavy bricks.
One day I was fiddling with the catch for the 87th time when for some reason — I have no idea why — I lifted the whole catch up. Immediately there was a satisfying click. The gate was shut.
All those months slamming, wedging and cursing. All I needed to do was gently lift the whole mechanism 1 millimetre.
There’s a way you haven’t tried.