Top positive review
the metal construction of the gate is good. We have a 1
February 14, 2017
We got this gate to fit in a 52 inch gap. There are 3 extensions in the package and the smallest extension was not needed to cover this space. Overall, the metal construction of the gate is good. We have a 1.5 year old and a dog and the gate has been good keep them both contained. It is relatively secure for a pressure mounted gate and there are no sharp surfaces. However here are some observations that lead to the 1 star deduction.
1) The latching mechanism is a bit weak. The biggest issue is that the range of motion of the latch is insufficient so even when closed, there isn't alot of material holding the gate closed. The latch is plastic so it makes this an even bigger weak point. You cannot make the latch engage more because if you do, the small range of motion prevents the latch from opening sufficiently.
2) The extension sections and the main gate section do not line up perfectly in a straight line when assembled. Haven't noted any structural issues with this as everything is metal however.
3) The rubber feet for the pressure mounts are too small. The top of the gate can only be tensioned so much as its also part of the latching mechanism. The tension engages the gate latch. However, I feel that the system would have compensated for this limitation in tension with bigger feet as currently I feel the gate can be made more secure.
4) The actual opening is a bit on the small side, so a large person will have to turn sideways to get through. This is also a problem if you have a child in your arms.