How to Build Stepped Wood Fence Sloped Yard Design, Metal Posts


We’ve taken a chain link fence down, and we are going to put a wooden fence in it’s place. So, here’s Roland with the magic post. There we go. We just make up a post out of one by six, cut down to three and a half and a inch and three quarters, and then we stick it over top of the steel post and then it never rots. Or if it does, it doesn’t rot in the ground, just rots a little bit on the face of things, but we’re going to lift it up a little bit, so it doesn’t rot. So, that’s how to make
a chain link fence and turn it into a wooden fence, without reposting everything. What
do you think Roland? It’s nice. Make a fence from a post. A fence from a post. Ha ha ha. So, this is about the halfway point on the fence. And what I’m going to show you is how I fastened this. What I do is set one board at each end, and I tack that in, and level it in at the bottom. And this end too. You’ll see the height difference here, so then after I’ve got one board set at each end, this runs downhill a bit, so that’s why the height difference, then I level in the top board, with a spirit level, and I bring all the rest up, so that
they have that three quarter inch gap, and I can set my lattice into that. Now, this is a very good fence to build because you can stay with the bottom grade pretty easily, and still stay level on the top. Not like those kind of fences that are just made with sections. It can stay level on the top, look nice and neat, and you can still have your bottom closed so that, you know, animals can’t go under it, blah blah. That sort of thing. So, you’ll see I have these just sitting in here spacing, and when I’m done with this
section, I’ll put one section in each of these. I’ll show you that in a bit. So, I’ll show you how I set these posts. The post is, I put these bottom pieces in first, like you’ll see here, just to spread it, and then I attach one post to each end here. This is a high end, and the bottom sort of slopes over this way. So, I attach one at each end, one post,
or one picket, and then I take the level, and I make the spreader across the top of this, which is just a one by six cedar, and I set if for three quarters at that end, because I have a lattice that I want to sit in there, and at this end, I just go level and whatever it ends up to be, that’s fine, because I have lots of play in that. And when I put my pickets on, then I carry them down at three quarters and then that end one just drops off, and it’s whatever it wants to be. That’s just an interesting way of building that fence so that the tops all look nicely stepped up in a proper level fashion, and the bottoms
close the gap. It doesn’t matter where that bottom one ends up, because it’s right at grade level, and you want it to stop the little animals or plants from creeping under. So, it doesn’t have to be level in this design. Then afterwards, of course, I’ll put my lattice in, and I’ll put another facing piece on the front. And I’ll show you that. So, here’s the finished fence. We put these little tiny caps on here that hold the, they help to hold the post together I guess, a little bit, because they drop down over the top a bit. That’s the fence. Very nice. Closed Captioning by Kris Brandhagen. [email protected]

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  1. capitolcitydean

    It could be drilled into post as you wish… I used 16 ga heavy galvanized pins to hold things together then nailed or screwed the stress points after it was all together

  2. capitolcitydean

    i made a compost box out of pallets, so a fence could look cute, just make your frame and attach the pallets, i think the uniting feature could be the stain… if the fence is shared check with the neighbors tho…

  3. Julian Cook

    I love this video. It is exactly the kind of fence that I am looking to build. I don't have steel posts in place already though. I'd be interested in sinking some posts, putting on the rails and then slat in the boards. Again, a wonderful fence. What I'm wondering is how you prevent wood rot on the rails and slats. Any suggestions?

  4. capitolcitydean

    I just toe nailed it, Add some angled deck screws after if you dont trust the toenails – make sure you have your crowns up on all the 1×4 stringers, it adds a lot of support

  5. capitolcitydean

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