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How to install a fence on a hill

Updated November 21, 2016

Fencing is an absolute necessity for livestock owners. If you have horses, cattle, sheep, goats, or any other farm animal, you must have good fencing. Although fencing is a relatively straightforward process, it can get tricky when the landscape creates some challenges. One of these can be the contour of the land itself. If you must build your fence on a hill, here are some tips that can help.

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  1. Begin by placing your corner posts. This is always the most important step and is always the first. These must be the best material possible and be sunk into concrete for at least 24 inches. They need to cure for at least 72 hours.

  2. Using a guide string and some stakes, run a line from corner post to corner post. Place a stake everywhere the line comes into contact with the ground. These are places you will need to put another brace post.

  3. Place your brace posts where you have marked the line with stakes. Again, these will need to be very sturdy and set with concrete. The simplest version is the "H" brace. This design will suffice.

  4. Run your fence from brace post to brace post. Because you are building on a hill, you will be building the fence in a step pattern, so you will need to stretch and tighten the fence at each "H" brace.

  5. Keep your fence taut, and when you are complete with the first whole section of the line from corner post to corner post, go back and retighten the lines to make sure the fence is at full tension. It is important to go back over your work, to make sure the fence is correct at every brace post.

  6. Tip

    Always use caution when dealing with power tools or other equipment.


    Always ask for professional help when beginning your first fencing project. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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Things You'll Need

  • Concrete
  • Pipe posts or 4-by-4 posts
  • Wire
  • Lumber
  • Fencing tools

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