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New Fence Install

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by cgaengineer, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Last weekend I purchased all of the materials to build a fence. The fence is to be wood across front and wire on sides and rear and will be 4' tall. These are some shots of one finished side including a 48" wide gate and the construction of the other side that is not yet completed. Home Depot had the fencing boards on sale for $0.97 last weekend along with the pressure treated lumber for 10% off. All posts are installed using concrete and every stringer has a dado notch. Fence boards are mounted to stringers using 4 deck screws each. Sitting back and looking I see no other fence around here built with better detail then this one. I am very happy with the appearance and the fence follows the terrain very well. The right side had a combination of 2, 5, and 7 degree cuts to match terrain. A 2x4 was used to space the boards from grade. I do have a bit of tweaking on the finished side next to the house (Boards need to be lowered).

    This is what happens when you put 3 land surveyors/civil engineers on a fence project!!

    Right side completed



    Completed gate


    My patented portable chop saw table


    Myself (Orange shirt), friend from work (Camo hat) and my father (Grey shirt)

  2. jimmyburg

    jimmyburg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 701

    looks good! is that lag bolts you have for the gate?
  3. palm boy

    palm boy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    looking good. Need to do one myself, but will have to go with PVC. The constant heat & humidity take their toll on wood quickly down here in Florida. Hope your friend did not miss the game! GO DAWGS !!
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    I thought about all the different fence materials and thought wood fit my budget and style better than other materials.

    I plan on staining this fence with white stain so hopefully it will last a bit longer then the plain wood.

    About the game...its funny you mentioned it...my friend was whining that I had no radio and when we would take a break he would sit on the couch and watch game! He was happy we won though.
  5. palm boy

    palm boy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    I hear ya. I would go with wood if I still lived up your way (used to live in N Atlanta Mableton area).
  6. Precision Lawns

    Precision Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    nice job. My only suggestion (if you're open to them) is to flip the direction of the diagonal support on your gate. it needs to run from the bottom hinge corner to top latch corner in order to properly support the weight over time.
    Like I said before great job on craftmanship!
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Thanks precision.....Are you sure about this? I think I would argue with you on this!

    (Just looked it up and you appear to be correct!)
  8. GreenT

    GreenT LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 42,962

    Precision is absolutely correct. You want to transfer the effect of gravity (weight) down to the bottom hinge and into the ground. As it is, it's pulling from the post and eventually will bring you grief.

    Otherwise you did an outstanding job following the contours and it looks well built. Next year when the fence is stained and your grass is nice and green I'm sure your property will look great.

    Are you planning to do any landscaping?
  9. Truly Beautiful Lawn Care

    Truly Beautiful Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    Whoa! Nice looking fence Bro! That thing looks nice. Is your opening only 48" or is it dual 48" gates?
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Yes, lag bolts they are!

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