|Forum topic by GregD||posted 01-13-2012 06:49 PM||6965 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
01-13-2012 06:49 PM
I have resisted for 20 years, but now I need to fence in my back yard. Homeowner association rules pretty much dictate that , for my situation, I need a 6’ (nominal) cedar fence.
Fence height:: I can go with 6’ pickets. I can also run a 6” rot board at the bottom and put 6’ pickets above that for a total height of 6’ 6”. However, it will meet up with my neighbor’s fence which is 7’ 4”, so it might be as tall as that.
The critical section of fence is 69’ along a sidewalk. I’ve got a corner lot and this sidewalk is the edge of my back yard. I do hate edging, so I was thinking of installing the fence so that the a rot board butted up to the side of the sidewalk. That would put dirt up against the bottom inch or two of the rot board. Any problems with that?
Rot board: Good idea? I suppose that should be installed so that it can be replaced easily. I’m pretty sure that can be pressure treated pine. Would you suggest a 1×6 or a 2×6? I’m thinking 2×6 with the bottom of the pickets resting (nail’s width gap) on the top edge.
Rails: I”m thinking 3 2×4 rails. Is it best to have the wide side vertical or horizontal? For attaching the rails to the posts do butt-joints last? I suppose I would use 3” deck screws. If the wide side of the rail is vertical I could cut dados to trap the ends of the rails, but if I do that would 1-1/2” deep dados weaken the post significantly, especially at the bottom rail?
Setting the posts: The standard seems to be to set 8’ posts into a 2’ deep hole with cement. An alternative are metal post anchors. Does anyone have experience with these – installation and performance?
Thanks for your help.
-- Greg D.