DIY Fence Installation On a Hill, Slope or Grade

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When dealing with a hill, a slope, or a grade, the iron fence installation and aluminum fence is a little different. Identifying the rise-over-run measurement for your hill, slope, or grade should be the first step in planning your project. This measurement is essentially concerned with determining how long a hill, slope, or grade extends in comparison to how much it lowers or climbs.

Tools for Fence Installation

This rise-over-run measurement can be simply determined with simple tools that you most likely already have on hand. The following are the tools and materials that you will most likely require:

Tape measure – You’ll need to accurately measure the depth of your post hole and also the spacing between the posts. A level is also helpful. Use it while setting your fence posts in the cement to guarantee that your posts are level when the fence is completed.

Rebar – You can find this in any home store, chopped into short lengths, and it is usually found among the cement and concrete supplies. It is necessary to hammer these into the ground and tie your string line around them in order to form your layout guideline.

Supplies for mixing — A wheelbarrow or tub for mixing, a shovel for mixing and scooping, and a hose or bucket for supplying water are the only tools you’ll need to get started with cement mixing. You may find calculators that will determine how many bags of cement needed to do the job. The brand doesn’t matter, by the way.

Bagged Gravel — You don’t have to buy this, however, it can be beneficial if you accidently dig your hole deeper than you intended.

Power tools — Blow off the dust off your power driver or drill. You’re going to need it to drive the self-tapping screws into the posts while you are mounting your panels to the wall or ceiling. You can rent a powered post hole digger from Home Depot if you don’t want to dig yourself.

The majority of fence installations necessitate the trimming of a fence panel or two for width. Fortunately, this is a very simple process. You might use a simple hacksaw or a reciprocating saw or a cut-off wheel to complete the task.

Rubber Mallet and Hammer — The rubber mallet helps to level off your posts in the cement and it won’t leave visible signs of hammering. With this hammer, you will be tapping your rebar into the concrete foundation.

Fence Installation on Uneven Ground

Now that you’ve obtained your rise-over-run measurement, let’s have a look at how the iron fence installation fares in these circumstances. Hills, slopes, and grades can all be accommodated for the installation of wrought iron fencing.

Wrought iron fence panels are welded together to form a strong structure. This indicates that all of the major components of the fence panel have been permanently linked and are capable of bending or “racking” to follow the grade.

Because the iron fences are solidly welded together, you will have to execute what is known as “stair-stepping.” The result is that you will be forced to step’ down the hill with hard, straight segments.

It is possible that you may need to divide your iron fence panels into smaller sections with more posts in order to ‘step’ down the grade more quickly depending on the severity of your rise-over-run.

If your rise-over-run is more moderate, you may install the fence evenly at the top, then fill in the space underneath with landscaping in the same manner as with the stones.