A dog that wanders throughout the house may satisfy its curiosity but wreak havoc on furniture, shoes, and other items. A pet gate will keep the dog out of unwanted spaces whether the family is home or away. Gates are sold in stores but making one can save money and results in a customized version that complements the home décor.
You will need:
• PVC pipe
• Four T-shaped PVC pipe corners
• PVC pipe cutter
• Two spring-loaded shower curtain rods
• Wire screening, mesh cloth, sheet, blanket, or fabric
• Cable ties
• Adhesive felt circles
• Scissors (or screen cutter if wiring screening is used)
• Tape measure
Step 1: Use the tape measure to measure the doorway where the gate will be installed. Purchase two pieces of PVC piping each approximately four inches shorter than the width of the doorway. Purchase two PVC pipes with the desired height for the gate. If only standard lengths are available, the pipes can be cut to the appropriate lengths with a PVC cutter.
Step 2: Connect the cut pipes with the PVC corners, inserting the end of a pipe into a horizontal or vertical receptacle in the T-corner. Leave the outer horizontal ends on the corners open. This creates a frame for the gate.
Step 3: Use the scissors or screen cutter to cut the screening, cloth, or fabric to fit inside the frame. Secure the cloth or mesh to the PVC pipes with cable ties.
Step 4: Insert a spring loaded shower curtain rod into the open receptacles on the top and bottom T-corners. Run the rod through the PVC pipe so it comes out the opposite end. Use the rods to secure the gate in the doorway. To prevent the rods from leaving marks on the doorway, place an adhesive felt circle on each end of the rods.