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Position & Lock Plus Gate by Evenflo (662)
(7 Epinions reviews)
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Evenflo- Helping to Keep our children safe
Aug 11, 2007 (Updated Aug 11, 2007)
Review by cmiamt
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Inexpensive, Portable, and quickly adjustable.
Cons:Weak at wider adjustments, can damage drywalls, and rated for toddlers up to 2-years old.
The Bottom Line: I would strongly recommend this product, it has great quality, sturdy construction, and simple ease of use at a low price. Which makes this gate a solid bargain.
Once my infant daughter became mobile crawling at first then later walking, her favorite part of the house has been our kitchen. She loved to bring out the plastic containers, the cooking pots, and rummage through the food pantry. However when she was able to turn on our gas stove, that's when it was time to make the kitchen off limits to her.
Recommend this product?
Shopping for a safety gate wasn't easy, as there were many to choose from. Eventually I chose the Evenflo Position & Lock Plus Gate for a few reasons: It was inexpensive at $30.00, required no drilling to install, simple in design, and adjustable for different openings. I didn't want to go with the fancy safety gates because all of them required drilling, with our plans to sell our house drilling holes into the walls was not something I wanted to do.
Construction of the gate is good for its price. It is made of quality hardwood, the wood is strong yet flexible to handle being pushed or pulled on, has a "Splinter resistant finish", and is extra tall.
The gate is a two section gate held together by clamps. The dimensions are 32-inches (81.3 cm) high, and can be adjusted to fit openings 30-inches (76.0 cm) to 50-inches (127.0 cm). The wire mesh is vinyl coated for durability and safety, all metal hardware in the gate (except the rivets) are powder coated, which makes it safe for children and pets.
What keeps this gate in place and make it adjustable is the "Locking Bar", which is comprised of two wooden cross bars. The top bar has notches that run the length of it and a locking clip at the end of it. Each notch is clearly labeled with a number that shows the gate's width. The bottom bar has a locking latch installed at its end, and the latch drops into those notches. The bars are attached to each vertical side of the gate by pivot points, the bars are kept together by the locking latch, once you place the locking latch into a notch and bring the bars together. This scissor action forces the white rubber bumpers (Non-marring) that are mounted on either side of the gate to contact the doorway jam, and the pressure exerted by the bars keep the gate in place. This pressure mount system allows the gate to conform to uneven openings.
I found the gate was quite easy to setup once I got an understanding on how the locking bar worked. I liked how you can unlatch the gate with ease, and once you get accustom to the gate's operation you can unlock or lock the gate in place with one hand without disrupting the gate's adjusted width. Even my older children found it easy to operate the gate after getting some hands on experience. My wife took to marking the notch we had selected, so it would be easy to spot without having to check. My toddler already gave the gate a test, she enjoys tugging on the gate. She even takes to biting the wire mesh, and the gate has held up great. I will update this review as my daughter reaches two years old.
The strong selling points of this gate:
Great value for the price.
Adjustable for different doorways.
The gate loses its strength at wider adjustment.
Pressure mount system can damage drywall.
Rated for children 6 to 24 months.
I would recommend this gate to parents on a budget but need to invest in safety devices to protect their infant/toddler. The Evenflo gate really satisfied my needs.
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