The customer wants a wooden fence and a wide gate to enclose her back yard. She also asks for the ‘good side’ of the fence to face her back door. As the area is quite small, I recommend a 4ft high fence.
Measurements are made. The ground level is established. Positions for posts are calculated.
The site slopes, which means the fence will have a ‘stepped down’ look to compensate and keep everything level and plumb.
The ground is mainly wet sticky clay, has poor drainage and area quickly turns muddy/messy. Digging post holes is challenging but successful.
The pressure treated fence posts are deeply set in concrete – particularly important with this ground.
I fit a treated single-sided closed picket /cottage style fence to the posts.
The gate is fitted between strong posts and within easy access of the back door of the house.
The customer now has a strong functional garden fence and gate that should last for many years to come. Although it is a treated fence, I recommend that it is kept painted every year to prolong life even further and of course this will impove the overall look.