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Smart Retract Product Accessories

We offer several optional accessories to help you install your Smart Retract products. By reading through the descriptions and information below, you can determine which accessories you might need.

    Accessories offered for:

Retract-A-Gate Bow Wow Barrier  Safe Railing Guard
Stair Banister Adapter Kit
Wall Spacer Set
Additional Wall Bracket Kit
Drywall Anchor Kit
Optional S-hook Set
Optional Mounting Clip Set
 Wall Spacer Set
Drywall Anchor Kit
  Additional Attachment Straps

Users Guides for the accessories (opens a new window)
   - Stair Banister Adapter Users Guide
   - Wall Spacer Users Guide
   - Drywall Anchor Users Guide
   - Clip Set Users Guide



Wall Spacer Set
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What are the Wall Spacer Sets for?
Wall Spacers (ten 1/8 inch thick spacers per set) are needed if the area you are installing the Retract-A-Gate or Bow Wow Barrier has a baseboard molding. This is because these products must be installed with an identical horizontal distance between all the brackets (X and Y in the diagram below). The spacers also prevent the baseboard from interfering with the performance while opening or closing.

How many should I purchase?
If the baseboard on both sides of the opening is less than 4 inches tall, you will need 2 sets of spacers. If the baseboard on both sides is 4 inches tall or more, you only need 1 set of spacers. If there is no baseboard molding in the area in which you are installing, the wall spacers would not be needed.

 
The wall spacers are unfinished wood and do not come with a bracket.
Wall Spacer Set - Bracket sold separately

  This illustration depicts the proper use of spacers.  
Note: The spacer thickness must match the thickness of the baseboard

   Basic Dimensions
     •  1/8 inch thick
     •  2.5 inches wide
     •  1.25 inches high
     •  Pre-drilled holes for screws
 
You need spacers the same thickness as the baseboard. We recommend having the screw attach into a minimum of 1 inch of solid wood, so you may need longer screws. Add the spacer thickness + drywall thickness + 1 inch into the wood to get the total screw length. Our screws are 2 inches long. If you need a longer screw, make sure you get the same exact kind (#6 flat head), just longer.

Wall Spacer Users Guide (opens a new window)



Stair Banister Adapter Kit
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What is the adapter kit for?
If you want to attach your Retract-A-Gate to a stair post or spindle without drilling holes, the Stair Banister Adapter Kit will allow you to do so. If your post or spindle is thin, or made of wrought iron, the adapter kit is designed to work with these as well.

How many do I need?
Each kit comes with one adapter and hardware. If both sides of your Retract-A-Gate are going to be installed onto a post or spindle, you will need two Adapter Kits.

The Banister Adapter Kit in use
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  Which height do I need?
The 36 inch adapter will work with most standard stair posts; the 48 inch adapter is for taller posts. Most posts have flat or rounded areas at the top and bottom and then are narrow in the middle. The adapter is designed to span over the narrow area to provide a level surface for the brackets.

If the distance from the floor to the upper round or flat area of the post is more than 36 inches, you will need the 48 inch adapter. The adapter may be cut shorter if needed, but no less than 32 inches.

What is the proper way to install Retract-A-Gate on stairs?
For the top of the stairs, we recommend mounting the safety gate a minimum of 6 inches back from the edge of the top step. Otherwise, Retract-A-Gate can also be installed at an angle to help achieve this distance (see photo above). This allows the brackets to attach to one side of the stairs and then angle towards the other side. For the best security with an angled installation, the openings of the brackets should face away from the Retract-A-Gate.

For the bottom of the stairs, we recommend mounting the safety gate on the floor and not up on a step. If the safety gate was mounted up on a step, a child would have farther to fall if they stepped up and then fell backwards.
    Items Included in Adapter Kit
     •  One heavy-duty weather-proof adapter
     •  Four attachment straps
     •  Screws and nuts
     •  Finishing washers

Additional attachment straps for the adapter kit can be purchased if you click here.

   Basic Dimensions
     •  Two heights: 36 or 48 inches
     •  1.5 inches deep by 3 inches wide
     •  Included straps are 32 inches long
 
Stair Banister Adapter Users Guide
          (opens a new window)




Additional Wall Bracket Kit
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Each Retract-A-Gate comes with one Bracket Kit; the Additional Wall Bracket Kit is useful for scenarios described below.

What are the Additional Wall Brackets for?

Additional Wall Brackets make it “a snap" to move your Retract-A-Gate from one location to another. Retract-A-Gate easily unsnaps from the brackets and moves in seconds to the other area.

How many do I need?
For each additional area you wish to install the gate, you will need one Additional Wall Bracket Kit.

By purchasing an Additional Wall Bracket Kit, you can quickly and easily move the gate from one location to another without moving the brackets. Also, with the Retract-A-Gate and an Additional Bracket Kit, you can use one gate to cover two locations as shown in the slideshow on the right.
 

What comes in the kit?
An Additional Wall Bracket Kit is identical to the brackets that come with the Retract-A-Gate. There are 4 clear wall brackets, 8 screws that are used for mounting, and finishing washers that go onto the screws to protect the brackets.




Additional Attachment Straps (32 inch or 17 inch)
To purchase the Safe Railing Guard Straps (17 inches), click here.
To purchase the Stair Banister Adapter Straps (32 inches), click here.

What are the Additional Stair Banister Adapter Straps for? (32 inches)
If you decide to move or adjust your Stair Banister Adapter, you would have to cut and remove the current straps. By purchasing the Additional Stair Banister Adapter Straps, you are able to move or adjust your adapter and still strap it to the post. When installing the Safe Railing Guard to posts that are too wide for the 17 inch straps, the Stair Banister Adapter Straps can be used.

What are the Additional Safe Railing Guard Straps for? (17 inches)
If you decide to move or adjust the Safe Railing Guard, you will need to cut and remove the existing straps. Purchase additional straps as needed to move or re-install the mesh. The Safe Railing Guard Straps should not be used for the Stair Banister Adapter Kit. The Safe Railing Guard Straps can also be used for connecting two or more gates together to cover wider openings. For more information on using the gate this way, click here.

Note: The 17 inch Safe Railing Guard Straps are not for use with the Stair Banister Adapter




Drywall Anchor Kit
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What are the Drywall Anchor Kits for?
If you are installing your Retract-A-Gate or Bow Wow Barrier to drywall we recommend attaching the brackets to a wall stud to provide the best holding power. For areas with only a single wall stud, or no wall stud behind it, we recommend using drywall anchors so the brackets are as secure as possible.

Drywall anchors are needed when there is no wall stud.
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  How many do I need?
For areas with only a single wall stud, you need to use one Drywall Anchor for one screw on each bracket. If all the brackets will attach to drywall only with no wall studs; then four Drywall Anchor Kits would be the most you need. Our anchors are for use on 3/8 to 5/8 inch thick wallboard.

The screws for each bracket are spaced just over two inches apart (most wall studs are 1.5 inches wide). If installing at a corner or in a door frame, wall studs are typically doubled up giving you plenty of space to attach the brackets, so drywall anchors are not needed.

Drywall Anchor Users Guide  (opens a new window)






Optional S-Hook Set
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These s-hooks can be used to hook two gates together
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  What are the S-hooks for?
Some customers hook two Retract-A-Gates together using two S-hooks in order to cover up to 104/144 inches. Each safety gate mounts to either side of the opening, then the handle rods hook together in the middle with the S-hooks - one in the top cutout, the other in the bottom cutout. This solution is only for low traffic areas and non-critical applications, or where only a visual barrier is needed. Retract-A-Gate is very easy to operate with one hand; however, when using two gates you need two hands. The double gate option has not been tested or certified for use with children, it's just an option for non-critical applications.

How many do I need?
Each pair of gates that you decide to mount using the S-hooks will need one set of S-hooks. This is a total of one set for two gates.





Optional Mounting Clip Set
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These clips can be used to mount one gate above another
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  What is the Clip Set for?
Some customers mount one gate above another in order to create a barrier that is taller than 34 inches. Retract-A-Gate is one of the tallest gates on the market; however, some pets are very athletic and can jump very high. Mounting one gate above another helps to prevent them from getting over the gate. The way it would work is to use these special clips to suspend the second gate above the first. This use is for pets only.

How many do I need?
To mount one gate above another, you would need one Clip Set.

Clip Set Users Guide  (opens a new window)


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To learn about the retractable door barrier, the Bow Wow Barrier, click here.

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