How to Build Fences

 


Article by: Tor Eivind Bjaaland

A fence can be useful for several things like privacy, weather , Dandelions, Friend or Foe? barrier, and containment for children or just for decoration. Your imagination is the only thing that's limit the design. , Decorative Stone Uses For Landscaping You can get some good ideas when you are looking at other fences in your neighborhood or when you are looking in home , Landscaping Lessons-Proper Placement Of Trees In Landscape Design magazines. You should also contact your city or residential association to make sure that there is no regulation for fence construction.

Layout of your fence. The basic theory is that you stake out where your fence will be and stretch a string between them. This will be a guideline when you are installing the posts. If your fence starts with your house , Reblooming Poinsettia you will probably like to have it at a right angle. It is a simple procedure to get this right. First stake the spot where you like your fence to start. Fasten a string to the stake and stretch it out roughly perpendicular to your house. , Landscaping Tips: What Mulch to Use for Trees Measure out 1,5-meter out on the string and mark it. Mark a point on your house , Read This Article if You Want to Stop Droughts one-meter from the stake. Hold a tape measure diagonally between the one-meter mark and the 1,5-meter mark and move the string until the distance between the marks is 2-meter.

Tie down your string at this place, , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers and it would be perpendicular to the house. , To Make Your Own Garden in a Pot Mark the position of your first spot, then measure out for the line to mark the rest of the posts. Thee string should be at the outside , Landscaping Lessons-Proper Placement Of Trees In Landscape Design of this post, so you have to measure in from the string for center of the posts. Mark this with a stake so you can see them. If your fence goes down hills you have two choices, you can have top of the fence to follow the slope of the hill or you can keep the fence sections level and step the fence down at each post. If you like to have step down fence, estimate the height different from top and bottom of the hill and divide this number by number of sections. And you will get the amount to step the fence down at each post.

Digging holes. You can use a clamshell digger to dig your postholes but this is a very hard fork and if you got plenty holes or you have hard ground it could rent a power , Planting Tomatoes in Your Garden auger but you normally have to be two people to run it. In most areas you need to have the postholes below the frost line to make sure that the post will stay in place , Teak Garden Furniture: A Natural Extension of the Home when the ground starts to heaves due to the frost. As a guideline you should bury about half of the corner posts and about a third of the line post underground.

Setting posts. It's a good idea to put a 30-40cm layer of gravel , Organic Gardening at the bottom of each hole to prevent rot and decay. The gravel , Landscaping Tips: What Mulch to Use for Trees will allow water , Decorative Stone Uses For Landscaping tat collects at the bottom of the hole to drain away. Set the end post first and line up the post edge along your layout string. To prevent water , Gardening - Schefflera Care from running down between the post and the concrete , A Rather Shady Affair you should fill the hole little bit higher than the ground and slope the top of the concrete , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers away from the pole a little. Brace the post in place , Need Landscape Design Help? This is The Time to Plan for Spring while the concrete , Tea’s Important Role in Reducing Disease cures. The line post doesn't need that much support. Normally it's enough to set them with dirt. Use a spacer to get a consistent distance between them and shovel dirt around them when you have the posts in position. When you have 15 cm filled with dirt pack the dirt down and keeps filling it up. When you have all posts set hard, trim of the tops to get proper height.

Installing panel. Stringers are the pieces that you have horizontally between the posts and are for supporting your panel board how many you needs and where to place , Tea’s Important Role in Reducing Disease them depends on the design , Free Concrete/Hypertufa Mixer Plans of your panel. But you should at least have 5 cm below the bottom stringer to avoid rot and to make it easier to move. To attach the stringers you should cut them to fit between the posts and nail , Dandelions, Friend or Foe? them to the posts. Always remember to use galvanized nails. , Growing Organic! Herbs, Flowers and Fruit What design , Gardening - Schefflera Care of the panel you like to have is up to you but it looks best if you keep the entire panel consistent and symmetrical.
Tor E. Bjaaland. http://www.toreivinds.com/handyman/index.htm

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