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cibula11 07-06-2007 09:45 AM

Making A Fence More Sturdy
I have started constructing my 4ft wood fence. I noticed that the panels shake when I try to move them. I'm sure some movement is normal, but is there any way I can make sure the panel doesn't move quite as much?

I was thinking of driving a steel stake near the middle of each panel and then attaching the stake to the bottom rail of the fence. Didn't know if anyone had any better advice.

inspectorD 07-07-2007 08:20 AM

Well getting the fence up was half the battle.
When I install my fence posts I pack the dirt around the post solid by using a sledgehammer or axe on the soil around it AS it gets filled in ...about every six inches .
If you do this firmly you should have minimal movement.
Some folks use stones or concret unmixed but I just go with the soil. When it is firmly compacted it does a great job.

Depending on how loose a post remains I may run some watter at the post to compact and settle the dirt further..

Happy tamping.:D

Deacon 07-14-2007 05:05 PM

Not only will an inconspicuous rod at the middle of the bottom rail stop movement, it will also keep the bottom rail straighter.

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