Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How to Build a Low Border Fence

We are marking our territory by installing a home made low border fence somewhat reminiscent of a picket fence.  It's low enough for small animals to jump over and plenty of room between the pickets (shims) to crawl through.  It is simple to build but a bit time consuming and then there is the pride of doing it yourself.

The following is for a 40 foot fence and the material may be found at any home improvement center.  You may want to take a look at their ready made low border fences, too.

Instead of wood that decomposes too quickly, we used PVC pipes for posts going into the ground. We used four (4) 1/2" schedule 40 PVC Pipes that comes in 10' lengths.  The pipes were each cut into 4 pieces per pipe, 30" long.  A total of 15 pieces are needed for the 40' fence.

A post is attached with sheet metal or wood screws at each end of the 8' section and one in the middle for stability.  Pipe shears or a hack saw could be used for cutting the PVC pipes.

Ten (10) 1/4"x2"x8' Furring Strips were used for rails and two (2) bundles of Dry Cedar Shims placing the narrow points downward were used for pickets.

If you like to paint your fence, lay the wood out on a table or other flat surface that is convenient and paint as many strips as possible at one time.

We used a staple gun with 1/2" narrow crown staples (1/4" wide) to put the wood furring and shims together.  Sheet metal or wood screws were used to attach the finished fence to the PVC posts.  The two rails were spaced so that they are 7" apart (from top of one strip to the top of the other or 5 and 1/2" between furring strips, the rails).

The pickets were spaced approximately 7" apart by using a cutting board to place between the pickets/shims.  Anything rectangular may be used to set between the pickets to determine the space.  The pickets were placed with the thick side up extending 2" above the upper rail (furring strip).

Assemble the sections before installing.

Prepare holes by hammering a rod or wooden stick a foot into the ground, remove it, and then insert the posts and tamp them down.  Voila!  Now, you have a cute and durable home made fence marking your territory.

Not so fast!  It is strongly recommended that you ask your city fathers if a permit is required.

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