How to build a PVC dog kennel

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How to build a PVC dog kennel
PVC Pipe (Jupiterimages/ Images)

PVC is a popular alternative to more costly materials used in dog kennels. It is durable and able to withstand water damage. There are many things to consider when building a PVC dog kennel: the size of the dog, the placement and the weather in your area. While PVC is widely used for outdoor structures, it is mostly meant to be temporary.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 84 feet of 1-inch PVC pipe
  • 8, 1-inch PVC 3-way connectors
  • 1 tarp
  • 4 ground stakes
  • Wire fencing
  • 24 feet of rope
  • 5x6 Pre-made PVC gate
  • Zip Ties
  • Wire cutters
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • PVC cement

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  1. 1

    Determine where to place the PVC dog kennel and clear the area. The kennel can be placed on dirt, grass or concrete. Concrete is suggested due to the ease of cleanup.

  2. 2

    Cut the PVC pipe into sections. four six-foot sections, four five-foot sections and four 10-foot sections. The dimensions for this kennel are five feet wide, 10 feet long and six feet high. Adjust the dimensions depending on the size of your dog.

  3. 3

    Connect the lengths of PVC pipe using the 3-way connectors. Use PVC cement to create a more secure connection. This will be the frame of the kennel.

  4. 4

    Wrap the wire fencing around three sides of the frame. Leave the front 5-by-6 section open for now, the gate will be placed there later. Use the zip ties to secure the wire fencing to the corner posts and to the top and bottom pipes on all three sides. Cut off the extra lengths of zip tie using the wire cutters.

  5. 5

    Attach the pre-made gate to the open 5-by-6 section.

  6. 6

    Drape the tarp over the top of the kennel, making sure it is even on all sides. Cut the rope into four even lengths and tie one piece to each of the four corners of the tarp. Hammer one stake into the ground at each of the four corners and tie the rope to the stakes.

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