If you’re a dog owner, you know that dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a wonderful curiosity about everything happening outside their own fenced yards. If your dogs are anything like mine, they thoroughly investigate every inch of the yard and even try to push the boundaries as often as they can. Enter this roll bar fence DIY & my Dad to the rescue. FYI we’re not a professional builders, just dog owners that needed a solution and this totally helped us with our problem.
Trust me, I’ve already found ways to deal with my diggers by finding ways to patch the bottom of the fence to keep them from digging out, but I never thought I had to worry about them jumping the fence since I mainly had dogs under 20 lbs. Once I adopted my 70 lbs of muscle however, I knew I had to figure out a way to keep him in without having to re-fence my backyard.
Instead of spending thousands of dollars to redo the fence, the roll bar on the top of the fence is intended to keep your pets in by making it difficult for them to grab the top because the roll bar makes them fall off with its spinning capabilities (much like how a rolling-pin works). The added benefit is that it also keeps other animals and/or predators like coyotes from entering your yard.
After 3 months of use, it seems to be doing its job, which is why I wanted to share this roll bar fence DIY to help other furbaby parents who are running out of low-cost options.
What You’ll Need:
- tape measure
- 2 sizes of pvc pipe (1 in. inner roller & 3 in. outer roller)
- steel/braided wire
- L-brackets – we used 4″ x 7/8″
- crimps/wire anchor locks
- electric screwdriver/drill with enough power to get through the top of your fence
- wrench, to tighten down the bolts on the crimps/wire anchor locks (or whatever it is you buy to lock down the ends of the wire rope).
- Bolt cutters, or wire cutters, to cut the wire rope.
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Measure your fence line to determine how many feet of pvc pipe and wire you’ll need (feel free to purchase extra feet of wire for cut-off & tie-down purposes). Then measure out small sections of your fence line (try to break it up into 4 ft or smaller, to help it work right) so you’ll know how many L-brackets and crimps/wire anchor locks you’ll need, along with how many cuts you’ll need to make on the pvc pipes. Once purchased, use your hacksaw to cut your pvc pipes into the appropriate lengths, leaving about a ½ inch to ¾ inch leeway to allow the tubes to spin freely.
Attach the L-bracket to the fence, making sure the L is facing towards the center of the wire run.
Now you need to measure for your next L-bracket. Leave about ¼ inch gap between the roller’s end cap. Secure one side with the lock, then thread the wire rope through the smaller PVC pipe, slide the larger PVC pipe over that, and feed the wire through the next bracket.
Secure that end with the lock.
Make sure you keep as much tension as possible on the whole thing to keep the PVC up and spinning free above the fence.
Continue this process until the entire fence is complete.
So far this has proven to keep my muscle-bound, climbing, hurdler in check. Fingers crossed it continues to work and that it helps keep your furbabies safe and out of harms way in your yard too!
What DIY techniques have you developed to help keep your pets in and/or others out?
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