We have a couple of gates in our chain-link fence and bunnies and large rodents like to squeeze through them. I would like to fill the gap somehow so the gates are still usable and look halfway decent. Here are a couple of pics of the gate. The gaps are about 5 inches wide.

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If you don't care about how it looks, a piece of plywood or other rigid material mounted to the gate would bridge the gap. You could attach it to the vertical part of the gate using a variety of types of u-bolts/brackets.

Otherwise the easiest thing is to replace the gate with a wider one. Another alternative is to move the posts to reduce the gap on the existing gate but this requires installing posts and replacing the section of fence.

  • I am not sure plywood would pass the looks test, but some other type of material might. How would you fasten it to the gate? – Off The Gold Jun 1 '15 at 1:17
  • @OffTheGold I've updated the answer – Steven Jun 1 '15 at 1:23

Use a chainlink "terminal post" the appropriate diameter and length and attach it to the existing posts using a zip-tie or ideally a chainlink "brace band." I got the idea from watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GulJ53J-nYs

  • Thanks for the idea, but i doubt i would be able to close and latch the gate then. – Off The Gold Jun 19 '15 at 12:07

I had the same problem at my house and my dog always got out of that gap in my chain link fence. What I did to solve the problem was put in a little bit of chicken wire. It doesn't look that great either, but I thought it looked better than a piece of plywood. Hope this helps.


For top picture:

The cheap solution is to buy a new cross bar for the left side of the gate. Buy one size longer than what you have. Cut to size. Splice the existing cross wood by one picket and extend the chain-link accordingly. In theory, you can reuse the bolts and ties. The ordeal is a pain but not that hard or expensive. I'd say less than a day and less than $100 if you DIY.


All but the largest rodents will get through the chain link itself, bunnies & squirrels included - It's a loosing battle.

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