Updated Super Hip Dog Gate DIY

9 Materials
$25
3 Hours
Easy

Husbands...we love them, but sometimes it seems their sole purpose is to break things. Time to update a previous post, a DIY dog gate for our deck! With lift off hinges, this removable, temporary gate is great anywhere!

updated super hip dog gate diy

So here's the old one. It was warping badly, likely due to the regular inexpensive 2x2 pine I purchased, plus being stored in the garage. One day, my sweetheart is putting it up when I hear *snap!*

updated super hip dog gate diy

He broke it.


So I do what I always do: redo it.


I purchased some heftier 2x2 pine, clear pine this time, and cut the corners on 45° angles. First I cut one piece in half, then cut the ends at 45. The other two pieces I trimmed one end at 45°, then cut to length and the angle at the same time.

updated super hip dog gate diy

This time I used an oil based stain and an outdoor polyurethane in a sort of effort to keep moisture from invading the wood.


Here's a hot money saving tip though -- instead of purchasing those paint pyramids or points that will likely get lost in a jiffy anyway, take some of that scrap 2x2 and cut a bunch of little triangles. Instant paint pyramids!


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updated super hip dog gate diy

This time I used some beefy corner braces to help keep the corners true, hoping this sturdies things up.

updated super hip dog gate diy

I also zipped through some galvanized (non-rusting) screws across the joint from either side, helping secure those corners.

updated super hip dog gate diy

I replaced the same eye hooks as last time and also reused the same paracord string as last time as well since they worked so well.


To line up the fancy lift off hinges, I used the side piece of the old gate to locate the spots on the new. Those lift off hinges are fabulous by the way -- we can easily set and remove the gate as needed!

updated super hip dog gate diy

Ah, see, here's a view of a lift off hinge. And as you can see, it keeps the dog off the deck too, haha! Can you spot his weird self?

updated super hip dog gate diy

And voila! Happy Finn on his happy deck safe and sound with me!


As with last time, you know your dog best. While this works fantastically for us, it may not for everyone. These are ideas and tips for your own gate. As always, don't leave your dog unattended; we only ever use this gate while we are on the deck with him.


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4 comments
  • Lisa Prater
    on May 16, 2019

    Sometimes all you need is a little Deterrent to keep them safe. Love the lift off hinges, I wasn't aware they existed. Definitely going to copy.

    • Becky at Flipping the Flip
      on May 17, 2019

      Indeed, sometimes just a little barrier is all that’s needed. The hinges are super brilliant, hope this idea works well for you! Thanks!

  • E
    on May 16, 2019

    Oh this is very clever & jentle enough to not harm pets (ofcouse with a little training). Thanks for sharing!

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