Organic Gardening, June - July 2011 by Ethne Clarke (Editor in chief)

By Ethne Clarke (Editor in chief)


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Hold one end of the 2×4 on your reference line, raise or lower the other end until the bubble centers in the middle vial, then mark the spot on the other post. Using a Water Level A water level is a traditional, effective, and cheap tool for finding level over long distances. It’s nothing more than a hose or long tube filled with water. The water levels itself at both ends of the hose, no matter how many twists and turns the tubing makes. You can make a water level with any length of 3/ 8 " or 5/ 16 " clear vinyl tubing.

Rails are cut to fit exactly between the posts and are fastened with nails, screws, or special metal brackets. Fence brackets are inexpensive, are easy to install, and create a strong connection. They don’t look great, but you can stain or paint them to blend with the fence (prime them first with a metal primer). If you use just nails or screws, drive them at an angle (called toenailing) through the rail and into the post. Drill pilot holes to prevent splitting the wood. Face nailing is the quickest approach for installing rails on edge.

Most common post size and spacing. A good choice for rail fences and other light-infill styles. C. Strong size and spacing combination. A good choice for heavy vertical-board fences or other styles that showcase the framing. D. Strong but graceful spacing. Suitable for nearly any fence style. indd 37 12/19/14 9:56 AM Fence Post Rules of Thumb • Use only pressure-treated wood that is rated for ground contact. Budget permitting, consider “premium” PT posts with a water-repellent factory finish. • Choose the posts yourself.

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