to Dodge a Tree
If a tree is near the fence line within your property,
build it around the tree, leaving enough space for growth and taking care not
to damage roots when digging the fence posts. If a tree straddles the fence line,
between you and your neighbor, leave a gap in the fence. Attach framed sections
to the end posts if necessary.
How to Leap Frog a Rock
might need to raise the bottom rail if a large rock blocks the fence line. Shorten
the siding, raise the rail and install a brace on each side of the rock. Lengthen
the siding to adjust for a ditch.
to Stake Out a Slope
You have two ways to accommodate a sloping area.
A post and rail fence is the easiest choice for a moderate slope because the rails
can be installed parallel to the ground. A stepped fence is slightly harder because
the panels must be cut individually to fit the slope. Post heights and spaces
between posts may vary.
A Gate Makes a Statement
or entry can add flavor and functionality to an otherwise ho-hum fence. A wrought
iron gate, for example, will provide an ornate, distinguished look. A wooden gate
with diagonal braces will provide relief to the vertical geometry of a board fence.
Check the lumber carefully to make sure it isn't warped, and use heavy-duty hinges.
Setting Fence Posts
Set fence posts no more than 8 feet apart,
and use 4x4 or 4x6 pressure treated wood. Cover each post with a cap to prevent
decay. In stable soil, postholes for fences under six feet tall can sometimes
be poured with gravel or well-tamped soil. But loose soil requires poured concrete
to properly encase the post.
Be sure to
get detailed directions from the manufacturer, the home improvement center, or
other sources, and follow them to the letter!
Now go out there and start
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