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How to Build a Fence on a Slope

DIY Instructions on How to Build a Fence on a Slope

Do you want to learn how to build a fence on a slope? If yes, then the following article is for you.
Rutuja Jathar
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2018
The fence adds up to the visual appeal, privacy, security and distinctness of a house and hence, it is an essential addition for every dwelling, farm and private property. In order to make the fence more protective and appealing, different kinds of fence styles and materials are used for fencing private estates. Some homeowners choose to hire the team of professionals who are the best at the job of installing various types of house fencing; while the rest of them like to try the do-it-yourself method of building the fence.
People who are totally new to the field of home improvement and yet want to build the fence by the DIY method of fence installation; are likely to face a few initial problems. One can easily refer to the plans and instructions for building a fence that are available on Internet as well as guide books. However, when it comes to building up the fence on an uneven part of the ground; you may start feeling helpless. If you are in one of such situations, then the following Gardenerdy article will definitely help you out. Continue reading as it contains the tips and instructions that are helpful for installing fence on uneven land.
Tips on Building a Fence on a Slope
According to many experts in this field, there are two basic styles of installing fence. You can choose either of these methods, in order to install durable fence on a sloped land. These methods are namely, the parallel method and the step method. In parallel fencing method, the fence conforms the slop; while in the step fencing method it rises along with the level. If you have purchased the preassembled fence panels, then it is better to use the step method. But if you have loose fence components, then the parallel fencing method is ideal for you. In order to complete the DIY project successfully, first you need to observe the desired land then mark the highest and the lowest points of the land.
It will give you an exact idea of the size of the fencing material that you may need to purchase. In order to measure the slope and build the fence, you may need the things like level, tape measure, string line, chalk line, work gloves, post hole auger, hand saw, power saw, hammer, chisel, nails and screws, hatchet, hammer, the kind of fencing material that you are using and concrete. Along with gathering all the material, you may also need to inform the local authorities and seek permission for installation of fence. You may also need to check the building and zoning codes in your area; for the specifications of fence height, privacy type and the distance that you may need to maintain if the fence is too close to the streets.
  • Measuring the slope will give you an idea of the exact height of the fencing material that you may need to purchase. As the first step, start by installing the fence posts. For that, dig holes for the posts as you would normally do for the regular fencing proceedings. Then add concrete to the base of the hole and then put the post in upright position. At the end, fill up the hole completely, with concrete.
  • Once the posts are installed, then is the time to install the cross braces. For that, nail one plank to the fence frame which is at one end of the fence. Then add another plank to the opposite end of the fence frame. In order to put both the planks in level, you can use string line and adjust their levels if they are not correct.
  • Once you successfully determine the level of the starting plank, then you can easily level the rest of the planks by nailing them to the cross braces. After you are done with the installation of the planks, you can trim off the posts that are too high above the planks. If they are not, then be assured that you have successfully installed the fence on a slope!
Now that you are well aware of the how to build a fence on a slope, you may also like to brush up your knowledge about building a fence. If you are not well versed with the basics of such DIY projects and if the area is too steep; then you may need to contact the team of professionals. Well, on that note I conclude this write-up. I hope it helped!
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