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Step By Step Guide To Building A Fence On A Slope

Building a fence on a slope is not an easy job. It is not a job that is too difficult for a DIYer though, and with a little help, you will be an expert in no time.

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A fence on a slope can look great, and there are quite a few ideas on how to do the job properly.

Your approach to building the fence on a slope depends on whether you are building one of individual pickets or a panel fence, one you buy preassembled.

The methods may differ, but you will still have the following points to follow:

  • Decide on materials and map the fence
  • How to build one of individual pickets
  • Putting up a fence of panels
  • Filling the gaps

Let’s take a closer look at each point.

Decide on materials and map the fence

The first step in building any fence is to decide the material you want to use.

If you are going for an individual picket fence, then choose between vinyl and wood.

For the preassembled panels, you can use vinyl, wood or aluminum, each with varying degrees of difficulty when building the fence.

You will need the standard tools such as a hole auger, a fence post tamper, a saw and an electric drill with screwdriver action.

Map the fence area, to get an idea on where the fence will run, the amount of material you’ll need and time it will take.

Consult a map, and with a neighbor, when building along a boundary line.

How to build one of individual pickets

This method works well, regardless of the size of the incline, though you will have a lot of work to do.

You will need a saw and your toolbox to get an individual picket fence right.

The picket fence will follow the contours of the hilly area, almost curving like a snake over the landscape.

As you will be following the curvature of the slope you will need to cut each picket to size as you go.

Fit the posts into the ground but remember to keep them plumb as you work.

You will need to be very accurate with measuring and cutting the pickets and posts.

If you get it wrong, the fence will look a bit of a mess and will catch the eye for all the wrong reasons.

Putting up a fence of panels

The method for erecting the fence using panels is known as stepping; you fit the panel, then step up to the next level.

Preassembled panels take away the worry, and difficulty, of measuring and cutting individual pickets.

The posts will need to be of a graduated height, to keep the fence straight and in line as it climbs the slope.

When ordering the posts, you will need to get ones of different lengths, and you may still need to cut them to keep the fence plumb. It may be a good idea to tell the supplier what you are doing and ask their advice on size and numbers

This is true whether you are using vinyl, wood or aluminum fencing on the property.

Start at the end of the slope and work up. Erect each post in line with the previous one and attach the panel.

The step method leaves a gap at the foot of the panels which you need to fill.

Filling the gaps

You can get creative on how you fill the gaps at the foot of the fence.

Raised bed planters make great use of this space and can run the length of each panel.

Again you will be stepping up the slope with the planters, but you can build them to whatever height suits you.

Fill the planters with good growing soil and compost.

Our clients grow flowers, produce and shrubs in the planters.

Excellent use for what would be just empty space by the fence.

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