Fence Update – April 10, 2011

by ben smithson on

Lots of things going on at the house this weekend. The fence is officially 60% complete, and we are super excited to see it all come together. I took off early on Friday and installed 2 3’X3′ steel raised beds. The tomato plants look like they are struggling. I may need to tweak the soil ph level or something.

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2 comments

  1. We found your blog while searching for horizontal fences in Dallas. Not many fence builders up here in Carrollton have much to say about horizontal fences! Would appreciate: a) information about your choice of wood posts vs. steel posts and b) anything else you have learned along the way about horizontal fence pros and cons.

    Thanks.

    David

  2. @David So no takers on building a fence for you like this? Or nobody offers it as standard fare?

    We based ours off this design here: http://www.kirsch-korff.com/Pages/picture_portfolio_arbor_deck_fence_gate/fence15_modern_horizontal_cedar_los_angeles.htm. This design looks like it, too, has some drift in the pickets.

    My experience with steel posts: not much.
    I wish we could afford to do steel, but it was more hardware, more pain, more time, more money. I have read that steel, if done right, last a very long time. If they remain level, then you can just re-do the wood and keep the already dug-in posts when it’s time to re-do the fence.

    We have ours built 6ft-on-center. The red cedar pickets move a little bit (vertically, horizontally) so there’s a little bit of a shift in a few spots. I think we may go back and add some tweener (at the 3ft mark) supports to help stave on any additional movement from the pickets. Also, we’re using 1×6 pickets, with a 1/4 inch gap. Sometimes, though, we are noticing up to a 1-inch gap where the pickets have drifted a little bit wonky.

    If money were no object, I’d have the entire fence built out of redwood or ipe. But that’s nutty-crazy! Overall impression – it’s beautiful, even with a small amount of drift/gaps.

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