Building a fence on a slope

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Building a fence on a slope can be challenging for the novice builder, but in truth it is a simple process that can be accomplished quickly and easily. To get your fence started, you first have to determine where your highest and lowest points will be--the top of the hill and the bottom of the hill. Finding the height of these points will help you determine how long your fence posts and boards will need to be before you purchase them.

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Sinking Fence Posts

After determining the height desired for your fence, it is time to begin construction of the fence. The first step is sinking your fence posts. This is done by digging a hole for each post, inserting the post and filling the hole with concrete mix to ensure that the fence doesn't move in the future. When digging these holes, be sure that the height of the post will be equal to the length of your fence planks.

Levelling Your Fence

After sinking the posts, cross braces should be nailed to the posts so that you have somewhere to nail the fence boards. Starting at the end of the fence, one plank is nailed to the fence frame and a nail is hammered into the top of the first fence plank vertically. To this, tie a string and run it the length of the fence to the opposite end of the fence. On the opposite end, another plank will be nailed to the frame and another nail hammered vertically into this plank for the string to be tied to. This second plank is to be cut to length so that it is the same level as the first plank. Put a level to the string and adjust until the string is level with the height of your first plank.

Finishing the Fence

After the plank level has been determined and levelled, the rest of the planks can be nailed to the cross members. Trim the planks as needed to accommodate the slope. Any posts that are to high (stick up above the planks should be trimmed of with a saw.

The key to building a level fence on a slope is a simple piece of string and a level. If you can read a level, then this is an easy project.

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