I recently boasted in a comment that I was good at Heath Robinson solutions to problems. (In fact, I should show the one I was referring to, some time soon.)
I thought I would regale you with my latest. In South Africa a good security system to discourage the ungodly is imperative, and the locking and unlocking of gates is taken as a matter of course. It had been becoming increasingly difficult to lock our only entrance due to the bolt no longer meeting the hole in the opposite wall.
The reason was that the kids loved swinging on the gate, causing the recurrence of an earlier fault where the pillar holding the hinges had pulled away from the wall and tilted. This had been fixed by refastening the wall and pillar with a metal joiner, but the metal had succumbed to kids and rust.
Replacing this reinforcement was going to be a chore, and I wondered if I could come up with a better idea. Instead of joining the pillar which was holding the hinges to the wall again, why not use a lateral beam, with wedges, as a brace to tilt it back? Don’t pull, but push, in other words? And, I had a handy bit of timber over from the deck …
Five minutes later and I had a bolt which could slide into the hole using a pinky finger. I’ll neaten the job up at my leisure.