taitrt wrote:We bought this gate a while back on woot for the same price. It's a decent gate but makes a racket when you open or close it. Shouldn't be an issue if you only have one little one, but annoying if one is sleeping and you have to open this gate nearby.
i also bought one last year on woot, after having had one at my mom-in-law's for a year, and seeing how good it was, we bought another for our new house.
this is a great, sturdy gate. agree that it's noisy to open sometimes - the bars sort of resonate, and since you have to lift it a little, the hinge has to pivot, and it rattles. you can close it relatively quietly but it still has a small ring sound to it. depending on where your baby's room is or how far sound travels in your house (we have a lot of carpet so it doesn't go far) it may not be an issue for you.
DOES require drilling on at least the latch side, and if you don't use the straps on the hinge side, you will probably need longer screws than what came with it to actually hit a stud in the wall.
also if you have a cat, make sure you leave enough room under the gate for the cat to get through, because the bars in the gate itself are too narrow for ours to fit through. we don't have a banister with bars like they show in the pictures - ours is sheetrocked in so the cat can't sidestep around the gate through the bars. i had to raise the gate about 2 inches to allow room for the cat to get thru, which means more holes in the wall. before i raised it, she would get upset and start meowing real loud, usually around 2am.
that said, our 4 year old has abused the heck out of the gate at our house for a year and for about 3 years at her grandma's, and both are still nice and solid. and once you get done tweaking the adjustments on the gate, it will open and close very easily with one hand, which is our favorite part.