Building a fence on a hill is not as difficult as it sounds.
A DIY client of ours called the office recently. He was planning to build a fence, but the hill on his property was bothering him.
One of our Fence Supply Online experts solved the puzzle for him, but it got us thinking. Over coffee that morning we came up with a plan for dealing with a change in elevation. Building a step fence is easy but only when you know-how, of course.
Our plan on how to build a step fence includes the following top tips.
- Prepare the ground for the step fence
- Buying the right materials
- Installing the step fence
- Filling the gaps
Let’s take a closer look at each top tip.
Prepare the ground for the step fence
This is a vital part of installing the step fence on your property.
You will need to clear the ground, so you do not have any obstructions which could push you out of line.
Dig out any rocks or boulders, clear scrub, and bushes and cut back any stray branches. Give yourself a straight line on which to work.
The initial preparation will make the project a lot easier.
Buying the right materials for a step fence
Using panels is the only way to build a fence on a slope.
You will be stepping them up the elevated land, and one panel will follow another, but at a slightly different height each time.
The fence posts will be a different height, once in the ground. You can buy ones of differing heights or cut them to suit as you go.
We recommend buying posts of a length longer than needed, and cutting them as you install the fence.
Doing the math
When you get this part right, after the first couple of panels, the rest of the installation will be a piece of cake.
Hammer a stake into the dirt at the top of the hill and attach a mason’s line. Run the line to the bottom and hammer in a second stake. Attach the line. Use a level to make sure the line is straight and true. You now have an idea of the fence position on the slope.
Measure the distance from the line to the ground, at the bottom of your slope. This is the overall drop of your fence.
Now find out how many fence panels you are going to need; if your panels are six-foot-long, divide the overall length by six.
Divide the overall drop by the number of panels, which will give you the fall for each panel.
Installing the posts for the step fence
At the top of the slope erect the first post at the correct height for the panel. For the next post, install it taller than the right height for the fence panel. Run a line from the top of the first post to the second one, using the measure of the drop for each panel. Level the line and mark the position on the second post. This will be the top of the second post. You can cut the top off the post.
Repeat the measuring, marking, and cutting of each post as you place them in the ground. Make sure every post and line is level, before cutting, and that your calculations are correct too.
Always measure twice and cut once.
When your posts are in the dirt, you can install the fence panels along the slope.
Filling the gaps in the step fence
You will have gaps between each panel and the ground as you go down the slope.
You can build an elevated garden along the line of the fence to fill the gaps. Alternatively, you can plant bushes and trees. If you have pets or a wildlife problem, then an elevated garden is the best solution.
Use Puppy Panels if you have an aluminum or iron fence on the slope.
At Fence Supply Online we know all about fencing on a slope.
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