How to Build a Gate With PVC Pipes
A gate is a great transition point between different parts of your lawn or garden. Additionally, it can be a quick way to control access and keep animals and small children away from tender plants or hazardous areas. But purchasing a gate can be both a financial burden, and logistically difficult.
The good news is that you can put together a quick gate using PVC pipe and a few tools.
Make gate hinges by gluing two sections of 1" PVC pipe together. Repeat for a second two sections.
Slide hinges into one four-foot section of PVC pipe.
Insert each end of the four-foot sections of 3/4" PVC pipe into the 90 degree pipe joints. Insert three-foot sections into the other end of the 90 degree joints to form the gate frame. Mark the ends of each pipe around the joints with a sharpie marker. Pull all joints apart. Sand the ends and glue them before reassembling. Let glue dry.
Lay the chicken wire inside the gate frame and wire it into place by winding the jacketed copper wire around the pipe and chicken wire.
Drive 2 pieces of the one-inch PVC pipe 3/4 of the way into the ground with the rubber mallet. This will be where you want your gate supports to stand.
Insert the six-foot lengths of 3/4" pipe into the one-inch pipe that you have driven into the ground.
Hang the gate by sliding hinges over one of the six-foot sections of 3/4" PVC pipe. Secure by driving screws through the hinge and six-foot support.
To secure the gate, wrap a length of chain around the four-foot section of gate and support post opposite of the hinge side.
Things You Will Need
- One square of chicken wire measuring 4 feet long by three feet wide
- 14 feet of Jacketed copper wire
- Two 6' lengths of 3/4" PVC pipe
- Two 4' lengths of 3/4" PVC pipe
- Three 3' length of 3/4" PVC pipe
- Four 3/4" 90 degree PVC pipe elbows
- Six 3" sections of 1" PVC pipe
- Sharpie marker
- PVC pipe glue
- Rubber mallet
Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.