One of the advantages to building your own dog kennel is your ability to adjust the size of the kennel to best suit your dog. The kennel should be built so that the dog will have adequate room to exercise and move around in. Building a wire dog kennel may seem like a daunting task for anyone who has never done it, but it is a fairly simple task that can be done in a short amount of time.
Use a hammer to drive a stake into the ground at each corner of the area where the kennel will be built. Tie a string to one stake and run it around the perimeter from stake to stake.
Use spray paint to mark each corner and the gate location on the ground. Paint down the string to mark the outline on the ground. Remove the stakes and string.
Use a posthole digger to dig holes at each corner for the posts, as well as each side of the gate. Plant the posts into the holes and pack dirt around them to make the posts secure.
Nail boards along the top edge of the posts, spanning them between the posts. This will act as a brace for the fencing wire.
Use fence staples to attach one end of the wire fencing to one gate post. Roll out the wire fencing around the perimeter, securing it with fencing staples to each post. Keep the wire fencing as tight as possible between each post. Attach the end of the wire to the opposite gate post. Cut the wire fencing to end at the post, if necessary.
Attach boards to the posts at the bottom of the wire fencing. The boards should rest securely on the ground. Secure the wire fencing to the top and bottom boards. Place the fencing staples about a foot apart.
Install the hardware for the gate on to one of the gate posts and hang the gate.
Items You Will Need
- Wire fencing
- Wooden posts
- Fencing staples
- Post hole digger
- Spray paint
- You can staple a tarpaulin over the top of the kennel, if desired.
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