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As soon as my son began to toddle about at the ripe old age of 9 months (Why? Oh why?!), I went out to the shed to seek out the spare safety gate - unfortunately, it had disappeared, so I set about searching for a cheap-ish gate to prevent him from climbing the stairs. The top of the stairs had been secured for a number of months.
I checked out various sites and finally settled upon the BabyDan No Trip Metal Gate. It was available at all the usual places but I found the cheapest at the time to be Tesco Direct. £16.33, I couldn't believe my luck. I had expected to pay much more.
As I ordered the gate early in the morning, it was ready to collect from my local Tesco Extra from 4pm the next day. I'm not one for paying delivery charges!
The gate arrived obviously - flat packed, as once it assembled it remains flat!
It is simply packaged and easily removed from it's white cardboard box.
It is very basic looking, a plain white metal gate (a wooden version is also available at an increased cost).
It is 80.5cm high and can fit openings from 72.5cm and can be extended to fit up to 79cm.
Once I had removed the gate and all of it's components from the box, I set about fitting the gate.
The gate was described as 'simple to fit'. Just my type of gate!
To my horror, whilst flicking through the instructions, I noticed the word drill!
My simple to fit gate, actually required fixing into the wall with screws and a drill!!! A template was provided so that the wall could be marked for drilling purposes. At this point I was feeling a bit sick so I shouted to the male none blonde who thankfully had just finished watching the Grand Prix. Surely he would be able to right this wrong.
He took a look at the instructions, extended the template and stared at the wall. I could tell by his blank expression that this was a job for handy Mike.
A quick call later and Mike arrived with his drill. Now Mike is a dab hand at all things DIY but this simple to fit gate also caused him problems.
Fixing the gate to the wall would have been a doddle had it not been for our large skirting boards, this combined with the design of our stair case didn't help. He had to hang the gate at a slight angle and also attach an additional piece of wood to the stair post to drill the fixings in to.
I have since checked the Tesco web site and there is no mention of drilling. I certainly would not have bought something that required so much effort, I would have paid more!
Once the gate was fully fitted it looked pretty good. As I have white walls, it didn't look too intrusive.
The gate has been in place now for almost two months and we now all use it as second nature.
Initially, opening the gate was a little tricky, more for my seven year old than the adults.
In order to open the gate, a pin at the top of the gate must be released by pressing a thumb firmly on a small plastic lever, this pushes back a casing allowing the pin to move. Whilst pressing down the lever the gate must simultaneously be lifted - this lifting action releases a second pin from the lower part of the gate.
Little thumbs just do not have the power to push the lever. My son has taken to jumping over the gate when he thinks I am not around!
The gate opens inward or outwardly but must be locked firmly into place when closing. The first few times I closed the gate I assumed it was locked into place as I had lifted the pins back into their slots, I didn't realise that the gate must then be pushed downwards to click the casing around the pins back in to place.
The gate is much sturdier that the gates I have previously used, there is no risk whatsoever that it will slip or dislodge from the wall. The no trip aspect is great, traditional gates usually have a bar resting on the floor/step that most people will trip over on the odd occasion. With this product, the gate swings open freely allowing you to walk through without stepping over anything, useful particularly when carrying baby or baby paraphernalia!
Handy Mike has said that there is no way that the gate could be safely fixed at the top of our stairs as there is no corner stair post, only spindles.
I would highly recommend this gate for anybody who doesn't mind a bit of drill action. It may be that these gates are more suited to newer build homes so if you have an older house- be aware that the style of your stair case/skirting boards etc may make the fitting of the gate more difficult or maybe impossible!
This would have received five stars but the drilling was just too much!!