DIY PVC Pipe Gate With Snap-on Hinge

9 Materials
4 Days

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See the project update here. We repaired a few things and added to the gate to make it more functional.

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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  • Patti Patti on Mar 27, 2020

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

  • Michelle Lynes 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...

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  • Cynthia McDaniel Chadick Cynthia McDaniel Chadick on Apr 10, 2021

    We have a doggie door in our wash room and our dog loves going outside when it has rained from the porch doggie door. So we wanted a small gate for our washroom so we could leave him in there and clean his paws good before he comes in. Or if we are gone on a rainy day, we can let him stay out and use the washroom doggie door. This would be just right for that use since we don't want a full door on our washroom. This is so cute with the design you added. It could even be spray painted to match my walls and blend right in. Great idea ladies!

  • Donna Bates Donna Bates on Mar 26, 2022

    I love the design and Mac is gorgeous