|Project by rooster||posted 01-28-2011 02:08 PM||2157 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
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.