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Building Horizontal Slat Fence

Horizontal slat fence provides privacy and structure to a farm. The board-by-board construction of the slat fence gives you a custom look and a strong, long-lasting fence. This is a do-it-yourself project you can complete over a weekend. Focus on building a solid foundation for each fence post; and the hanging slats become the simple, pleasant part of the process.

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Instructions

Measure the circumference of the intended enclosure area with a measuring tape. Divide each side of the fence by six to eight feet to count the amount of distance that should exist between each fence post. Lay construction string along border of slat fence site. Hammer a wooden stick in the ground at the four corners and each was six to eight feet to mark where each fence post goes. Dig the post holes with a post hole digging in front of each point. Make the depth equal to one-third the length of the posts plus six inches and dig the holes about 12 inches in diameter. If the ground freezes in the winter, create a wider bottom to secure the posts. Use the construction string to align the holes so the fence will be straight.

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Fill 6 inches of post holes with crushed stones. Tamp the stones down with sabotage until they feel stuck. Set a record in the center of the hole. Have a helper hold it in place or support it with two wooden stakes nailed to opposite sides. Open a package of concrete mix and mix a small amount with the suggested amount of water until it feels thick as peanut butter. Fill the hole with concrete with a hand shovel. Tap concrete down when you reach ground level. High another layer of concrete around the foot to send water drainage away. Let the services listed in the basics night.

Attach wooden or metal rail brackets to inserts with two 2 inch galvanized nails at each end. Has a helper position rails 12 inches from the bottom and 12 inches from the top of the posts. Hammer each slider to the upper and lower rails with two galvanized wooden nails on each end. Leave equal spaces between the slats for privacy and a clean, uniform look. Draw a line that is parallel to the top and bottom 2-by-4s throughout 2-by-4 running corners to corners. Attach the electric miter saw at this angle and cut off the 2-by-4 to fit between the upper and lower parts to form a Z. Secure this piece to the pick-ups with 2-inch or screws.

 

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