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    Default How to Fill in a Gap Under an Outdoor Gate

    That garden gate may be enough to discourage people from walking into your private yard -- but if the gap under the gate is too tall, it's probably not adequate for keeping your small dog from wriggling out. Fortunately, you have lots of options for fixing that problem, whether the gate is made from wood, metal or something else.

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    Secure chicken wire or wire mesh to the bottom of a chainlink, wood or wire gate. Cut a piece that is roughly double the length of the open area and as wide as your gate. For example, if the gap is 3 inches tall with a width of 36 inches, cut a 6-inch by 36-inch piece of chicken wire, using a pair of wire cutters. Hang the wire toward the bottom of the inside of the gate, letting the 3 inches hang down to the ground. Attach the wire to the gate with industrial staples or bits of wire wrapped around the existing gate and the wire. Having a little extra wire attached to the body of the fence will give you more places to secure it to the gate. Putting the wire on the inside of the gate -- where your dog may reside -- may seem counter-intuitive, but it will make it more difficult for the dog to push through it completely. For a really determined dog, however, this might not be enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielhowell View Post
    Secure chicken wire or wire mesh to the bottom of a chainlink, wood or wire gate. Cut a piece that is roughly double the length of the open area and as wide as your gate. For example, if the gap is 3 inches tall with a width of 36 inches, cut a 6-inch by 36-inch piece of chicken wire, using a pair of wire cutters. Hang the wire toward the bottom of the inside of the gate, letting the 3 inches hang down to the ground. Attach the wire to the gate with industrial staples or bits of wire wrapped around the existing gate and the wire. Having a little extra wire attached to the body of the fence will give you more places to secure it to the gate. Putting the wire on the inside of the gate -- where your dog may reside -- may seem counter-intuitive, but it will make it more difficult for the dog to push through it completely. For a really determined dog, however, this might not be enough.
    Secure a piece of firm rubber, like what you might use for weatherproofing your front door, to the bottom of the gate. Attach with bits of wire to a wire gate or industrial staples to a wooden gate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harrison Jordan View Post
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    Lay rocks or river stones in the gap under the gate, if concrete is not feasible. This isn't going to be ideal for a large digging dog, but it might detract a smaller one.

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    Raise the ground underneath the gate with concrete, being careful not to pour the concrete so high that you can't open and close the gate. To allow the concrete to form a bump below the gate, try cutting a wide piece of PVC piping in half to use as a form under which the concrete can set; but first ask your hardware store for a releasing agent to spray on the PVC. Alternatively, purchase a paver mold, and make the "bump" first and then set in place. The raised concrete will be similar to a speed bump, meaning it can be tripping hazard, so place reflective tape on it. For extra measure, you may want to place a cautionary sign on the gate, next to your "Beware of Dog" sign.

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