You have to look closely, but you will see that this gate is a little unusual. It has a large stone weight on the end of the top rail that acts as a counter weight to the gate. If you remove the small rod holding the gate in position, it will swing freely upward and open. To close the gate, you pull down and if it is balanced correctly, with a small effort you can replace the locking rod. This is not a very common solution to a common problem.