Most all everything created is due to a need. I came across a need, therefore had to get creative. Me and my wife love animals, especially dogs. We have decided to rescue and foster dogs in need. Military people deployed, people moving and not being able to keep their dog. We take in the harder to home dogs, the larger breeds. We also live in Alaska where the summers are awesome and the surroundings are gorgeous and we have to be able to get out. So with different dogs with different attitudes and lots of driving we needed a way to keep us and the dogs safe. Safe from each other, and from having 300lbs of dog flying into the back of us on hard braking conditions. We tried one of the basic dog barriers bought at a pet store. They work ok, but aren’t strong enough for larger and stronger breeds. That brings us to my instructable..
Step 1: The Parts
2 – 1/2” conduit, 10ft pieces
1 roll of your choice of barrier material.
6 – ½” compression conduit connectors
2 – ½” pipe t-fitting
2 – L brackets
2 – 1 ½” u-bolts
Step 2: Build the Frame
Next I set the frame into the vehicle and measured the distance between the ends. I subtracted 2 ½ inches from that measurement and then cut a straight piece of conduit to that length. The compression connectors I purchased put a ½ inch pipe thread on the end of the conduit. Putting this all together I created a full frame. I put a couple inches of conduit on the bottom that drops into a storage area in the suburban.
I had found electrical bases (which you can see in the parts picture) that would work in certain cars too. You could screw them into the floor of the car and then screw the conduit into them. Actually if you check into electrical boxes there are many ideas that can be used for your certain situation.
Step 3: Build the Mounts
Using a couple large L brackets I drilled and dremelled out the first hole to be large enough to go around the seatbelt bolt post. I then drilled another hole for the u-bolt on the other side of the bracket. Cutting down the excess and then grinding the edges so they weren’t so sharp. I then unbolted the seatbelts and placed the brackets behind them and rebolted the seatbelts in place.
Step 4: Cut the Barrier Mesh
I straightened the roll of wire mesh out. The best way I found to do this was running it across a piece of wood, as if you were trying to uncrinkle a dollar bill before putting it in a vending machine. Be carefull all the edges are very pointy and sharp. I laid the barrier frame on top of the unrolled mesh. Using wire cutters I cut the mesh leaving about an inch hanging over each side. I then rolled the edges over and cut the corners. Using a couple small pieces of mechanics wire I temporarily held the first piece of mesh in place. Then I laid the frame on the mesh again, overlapping 2 squares I then cut the upper mesh piece to fit. I then rolled it over the edges and tied it in place with small pieces of wire.