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I am very satisfied with this gate. It is well constructed, operates well, and looks nice. I didn't want a cheap-looking gate so I bought this one and it looks great.,First let me say that I researched this product as carefully as I could, given that the Orvis web site was, at most, permitting me to see 4 favorable reviews of the existing 79. I was looking for a gate that could accommodate the varying widths of doorways in my house from 28” to 36”. This one seemed to fit that criterion and to be less likely to be pushed aside or overturned than the free-standing gates.
I can’t complain about the speed of delivery; it was here in 24 hours via standard shipping.
The Orvis web site and catalog describe the tall version of this gate as 35” high and 28”-36” wide. I wanted to put the gate in a 36 inch wide doorway initially, so imagine my alarm when the box gave the width as 28.3 – 35.8 inches! I was relieved when I could make it fit my 36 inch doorway; whether it will fit my 28 inch doorways remains to be seen. In no universe is this gate 35 inches tall. The sides are 30 inches high and the main gate is 32.5 inches at its tallest point. The latching mechanism sits above with a button as its tallest point. The top of the button is only 34.5 inches high. In other words, 80% of the gate is 32 inches or lower. Customers need accurate measurements in order to know whether the gate can be expected to contain athletic cats or dogs!
I had hoped for a gate that could easily be moved from one doorway to another, but that will not be this gate. If you want to insert the gate into any opening wider than 29.5”, you’ll need to use the enclosed extenders on one or both sides of the gate. There are some ingenious aspects to these extenders but they require a lot of fiddling. Worse, they just shove in to the sides of the main gate, so that during installation or transport they tend to fall out (think gouged walls and floors in addition to the general hassle). I’ll have to continue using my $40 plastic baby gate to make temporary barriers here and there when I leave the house; quick, simple, and cheap; just not easy to walk through.
Assembly directions were barely adequate; definitely room for improvement.,I think this is a very good looking high-quality gate. In fact, I have two of them. BUT, one of my Labs has mastered the art of smacking the handle on top and opening the gate with one paw. It's really quite remarkable -- she nails it almost every time (which is several times a day),We liked the first one so much, we ordered a 2nd one! So much better than the piece of plywood we were using to gate in our puppy....and easier to use than the kind you use for toddlers. It's goodlooking and you can open and close it with one hand. The only drawback -- there is a fixed piece of wood that runs along the bottom of the gate that you have to step over when going in and out.,Great gate, holds in our lab/german shepherd cross in the kitchen when we need to have items delivered etc.
Nice wooden frame - Looks good and worth the extra in wood rather than metal at the pet shop. Handle looks a bit plasticky though - it would have been nicer in chrome or metal for the price.
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