The year John installed our garden fence, we were in a hurry. We didn’t think it was a good idea to plant more tomatoes until we had a fence up, since the deer had just finished plucking three young tomato plants right out of the ground, ate pretty much everything except the vine, and then dropped the vines on the ground. “All done. Thanks for dinner.”
We needed a fence gate FAST.
John quickly threw this together as a temporary gate. It’s not glamorous, but it does what it was meant to do: opens, closes, and keeps critters out.
While we use this as a garden gate, it could also be used as an animal fence gate. It would need one more latch, a middle latch, if it were to be relied on for that purpose.
Since we did not take photos during the gate construction, hopefully these photos are mostly self-explanatory.
Here’s what you’ll need to do to build a gate like this:
- Wrap your fencing around the corner post.
- With wire cutters, at the very end of what will be the gate, remove the ends of the horizontal fence wires. This will actually remove the vertical section.
- Cut a board the same height as the gate.
- Drill holes in the board. Space the holes according to the fence wire spacing.
- Feed the horizontal fence wires through the board holes. Wrap the wires around the board, and twist the wires as seen in the photo.
- First Latch (top hook): Bend the very top wire to hook into the loop around the post.
- Second Latch (top loop): Drill a single hole (so the latch will pivot). Place a thicker aluminum wire through the hole; bend it over the board (see photo); and create a loop at the other end.
- Third Latch (bottom hook): Bend the very bottom wire to hook into the loop around the post.
Below are more photos.
To close the gate, I lift the gate just a little; place the loop over the fence post; insert the top hook into the loop around the fence post; and insert the bottom hook into the loop around the post.
To open the gate, I start with the bottom hook/latch and work my way up the gate.
It takes a matter of probably 3-5 seconds to open/close the gate.
What easy fence gate have you made? How did you make it?