DIY PVC Pipe Gate With Snap-on Hinge

9 Materials
4 Days

With the addition of Mac the greyhound a year ago, Steph has needed a more permanent solution to fencing her backyard, which included the need for a backyard gate.

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Here's where the new gate will go. This was set up temporarily to keep Steph's greyhound in the backyard. It was awkward as we had to take it down if we wanted to go from back to front yard! It was time for a more elegant solution!


For the frame of the gate we are using furniture grade PVC from the company Formufit. The advantage to this pipe is it is UV resistant and does not have writing on it and they come clean, unlike regular PVC!

Measure and Cut

The measurements for our gate is based on the space where it is to be installed. It's basically a 3 foot square. There is about 3-1/2 inches between the center bars. To cut the PVC, we put the pipe in a vice and used a Husky ratcheting PVC cutter to make the cuts.


Once everything was cut we moved on to assemble. At this point nothing is secured permanently. Once the placement of the bars was finalized, the tops were secured with small stainless steel screws which we put on the backside.

Check the bar placement by the grey!

Since we didn't want Mac to be able to get through the spaces in the bars, we put the frame in a doorway to see if she could get through. She could not so we moved onto installation.

Plan B

Oh, we thought we were ready to install, but we decided the gate needed a bit more presence. We cut multiple sizes of PVC pipe and glued them into each side of the gate. See our PVC Privacy Screen for details on this process. Once all of that was secure, THEN it was time to install!

Dig Holes

Once outside, we used a variety of tools to loosen and remove dirt for the PVC posts and wood posts.

Add Concrete

The hinges are secured to the PVC post and then we set the posts in place and added Rapid Set concrete to secure them. We like this concrete because it sets up in about an hours.

Add Latch

The last step is to add the latch and test. We brought in Mac to check for quality control--it passed the greyhound test! She is safe and secure in the backyard, yet she can see the world outside the backyard.

Closer look at the PVC hinge.

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All done. It's a perfect and functional addition to Steph's yard.

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2 questions
  • Patti
    on Mar 27, 2020

    I don't see where you included the cost for this project?

    • Flipturn
      on Jun 10, 2020

      Right under the title beside the little wallet icon, it says $125.

  • Michelle Lynes
    on Apr 19, 2020

    How does it handle your fur baby jumping against it? Love the idea but I have a husky pup...

    • Mother Daughter Projects
      on Apr 19, 2020

      Mac doesn't jump on it. I don't know if it's all greyhound, but jumping is not her thing! If she did, I don't think it would open. But I would be concerned about her getting a leg stuck. She is never left alone in the backyard, so if something were to happen, one of us would be right there. You really have to know your dog's personality to know if this would work. For a greyhound, who is a sight hound, it totally works. She basically just needs a visual barrier to keep her in.~Vicki

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  • Crafty
    on May 7, 2020

    I really like this!!!! My husband wants a gate at the back of our yard where the neighbors fences don’t meet. Nice job 👍

  • Flipturn
    on Jun 10, 2020

    All you need now is a putter and a golf ball, and you can play 'vertical mini golf'!

    The dog can trot off to retrieve the ball when it rolls away.

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