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Project by rooster posted 01-28-2011 02:08 PM 2791 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The town we live in decided to bless us with an unnecessary road that passes right along the back side of our neighborhood. Guess who owns a home on the aforementioned back side of the neighborhood. That’s right! Yours truly was forced to build a castle wall to block out this mess.

Here is my solution. Build a big, sturdy fence. This one is made with treated 6×6 posts, tamped into the ground using gravel screenings to fill the holes. I used PT 2×6 rails which I pocket hole screwed on the back side of the rails. I used the KREG weather resistant blue coated 2 1/2 screws. I tried to leave a large shoulder for the pocket holes, but this results in a shallow hole. So, just to be safe, I then toe nailed the front of the rails with 3-1/2 ring shank nails using the framing gun.

The big orange box had 5/4×6 deck boards priced the same as 1×6 boards. So I went with the 5/4 for the pickets. Added a cap rail from a ripped 2×6 and built my own post caps out of 2×8 and 2×6 boards. It’s hard to see from the pics, but I also added some chamfers on the post, cap rails, and post caps to give the fence some character. I stepped the fence to follow the property slope, but I maintained a level fence towards the bottom of the property. Most places the fence is about 7- 7 1/2’ tall but does go to 8’ at the low spot of the property.

I only completed the fence on the back side of the property. I’ll do the sides when I get the $$$$. I still need to build a gate too, so I’ll take any advice from those of you who have gate designs that would match the fence style.

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 02:57 PM

That,s a great looking fence !! I like the 6×6 much better then 4×4s

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 03:04 PM

Nice looking fence! As a guy who sells fence for a living….no concrete? Now I live in a climate where it freezes, thaws, frost, etc…........maybe no concrete is how they do it in NC. Just curious!

-- Jim, Michigan

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 03:26 PM

Hey Jim. Thanks for the comment.

I read a lot of conflicting info on concrete vs gravel pack. Some say the makeup of the concrete could actually interact with the post and increase rot. Others swear by it. I was on the fence (pun intended), but decided to go with gravel screenings. I sunk the post 3 – 3 1/2’ in the ground and tamped the gravel pack really well. There is almost zero wiggle on these things. However, when I do the large double gate on the front/side of the fence, I will definitely set those post in concrete.

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 03:39 PM

That is one sturdy looking fence. I like that you did the deck boards in place of the pickets along with the 6×6 posts. Great job.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 01-28-2011 05:47 PM

That’s an awesome fence! I love the top rail and cap feature. Do you plan to stain it? I see one small tree looks real close to the fence in the pic. Will you be taking it down? Just curious.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 01-29-2011 12:29 PM

Great work looks solid!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 01-30-2011 12:52 AM

I love it – and completely understand your motivation.

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#8 posted 01-31-2011 03:20 PM

Thanks for the comment Vicki.

I do plan to stain it. I’ll let it dry a bit and build the gate before staining. And those trees are actually fully mature dogwoods. I’ll try to save the 3 on my side of the fence as long as I don’t see any problems with roots. Unfortunately the two on the backside of the fence have been covered by a dirt berm and I expect that they will die within the next few months. All because a 10 yd buffer was too much to ask for from the town. Thanks again to the town planners for really sticking it to us.

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#9 posted 01-31-2011 06:32 PM

Thanks for the details. That’s a shame about the town not giving a buffer. I look forward to pic of the gate and the stained fence.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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