We often get asked by customers ‘How can I pave along a fence line if it isn’t straight?’
It’s a common problem and one that delays many property-owners when finishing a fencing project.
How you do the job can vary, depending on the length of your fence and how far you want to pave along it. As with all jobs preparing well is half the work and as the old saying goes: ‘failing to prepare is like preparing to fail’.
There are a few basics to pave along a fence line which isn’t straight:
- Use The Right Paving Material
- Have The Right Tools
- Draw A Plan
- Get A Builder’s Line
Let’s take a closer look at solving this little problem.
Use The Right Paving Material
What I mean by ‘right’ here is all down to the work you are doing.
When the fence line is not straight, you may need to cut and fit the paving quite a bit during the job. Doing all that cutting can be tricky, so choose a paving material that is easy to work with and not one that may break or crack.
You may need to cut the stone often and to differing lengths, so choose blocks if possible. Large paving may crack and can be challenging to cut right. Blocks are also easier to carry along the line of a long fence.
If you watch a professional cutting paving stone it can look easy but doing it yourself may not be so simple.
Have The Right Tools
A bad workman may blame the tools but using the right ones will make the job a lot easier.
Always use a quality-name block cutter to edge and shape the paving. We recommend that you use an angle grinder with a diamond cutter, though people may use a hammer and a stone chisel on smaller jobs.
You will need a block hammer of either rubber or wood to knock the paving into the design. You may need a compactor, hire one for the day, on larger jobs to get the paving level along the fence line.
A trowel will be vital for spreading the sand in which you are laying the paving.
A spirit level is vital to ensure you lay each block evenly.
Draw A Plan
It may be obvious but many people, especially DIYers, forget to draw a plan before beginning.
The plan should include the design of the paving and should, of course, take into account that the fence line isn’t straight.
Many people go for the traditional herring-bone look and this may need a lot of block cutting where it meets the fence.
A good plan will address the uneven fence line and build it into the overall design.
Corners and curves may need special attention.
It may be a good idea to consult an expert to let them run their eyes over your design plan before you begin.
Get A Builder’s Line
The most crucial tool in getting this job done correctly.
As the fence line is not straight, you could be changing direction quite a bit during the paving work.
Do not rely on your own eyes to get the line of the paving straight
A builder’s line is nothing more than a good quality string wrapped around two sharp pegs. If you are making one yourself ensure that the string is durable and brightly colored
Use the builder’s line to guide your paving work and stick to the line as you go.
If you go wrong, especially early in the work, the finished paving will not look so good along the fence line.
We are here to help you with all your fencing questions.
There is a good chance that we know jobs like yours from experience
We will help you find the best way of doing it properly.
Getting a fencing job right and finishing it well, is crucial when doing it yourself.
Call us today for the best of advice and for a great quote on that fencing project.