I'm looking for another method of securing the chain link double gate separating my driveway from my backyard. It currently has a rod that slides into a pipe in the ground. Problem is the pipe is always filling up with dirt and preventing the rod from sliding down far enough for the latch to engage the locking mechanism. The pipe has to be cleaned out frequently and is a messy job. There has to be another way or some way to prevent the dirt from always filling up the pipe. Anyone have any ideas?