Hi all. I was thinking about this as I posted in another thread.
I have a gated driveway into my rural property. It is just a farm gate and I used to lock it with a heavy chain to a very heavy post.
I want to use a combination lock, not a keyed lock, and I have renters. (Dont want to have to deal with keys for a few reasons.) I've used a few different combo locks.
These days, the lock just hangs on the chain and we dont lock it except occasionally. Because the locks become very unreliable. I cant find a weather-proof combination lock. Even with frequent lubrication with a special lock oil, they dont open sometimes (or it's very difficult) and of course in winter they can freeze (it rains here all winter).
My renter missed class one morning because she couldnt get out and we've had to use lighters to warm it couple times when it froze.
I want this gate locked at nite, every nite. Does anyone have any recommendations for good locks that can handle the weather? Again, I really dont want a lock that requires a key, but I'm open to other suggestions for types of locks...or solutions. (I cant afford an electric or other automatic gate but that is on my wish list...unless someone knows of 16 foot automatic gates under $300.)