We wish to straighten and 'position correctly' the garden fence that we
share with a neighbour in an adjoining terraced house.
What is the best way to get the fence at exactly right angles to our houses?
The garden is about twenty metres long. Thanks for advice.
On Tue, 08 Jul 2008 07:41:15 +0100, john westmore wrote:
=================================Get a large sheet (6' x 2')of chipboard or an old door and lay it flat
with one short edge along the wall of the house. Use this board as a
'square' and run a string line along side it to give you a straight line
at 90 degrees to your houses.
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The OP is in the UK, and the EU has forced them to use metres for
measurements. Of course this changes everything. If he wants to use
3 metres and 4 metres, he's going to need a trig calculator to find
the length of the hypotenuse. Just wanted to warn you, OP.
Or for a more accurate measurement, use Pythagoras's theorem. Lay a 3
unit length against the wall, a 4 unit length as the boundary guide, and
a 5 unit length to make up the other side of the right angled triangle.
As others have said, the 3:4:5 triangle with a bit of string will do that.
However, it doesn't mean that it is necessarily the right place for the
fence.. With any luck, if you toddle up the garden you may find the
(remains) of the boundary marker. Which may be just a small wooden post
in the ground.
The original builders may not have been that precise with the right
angle as you seem determined to be. Your neighbour may not be too happy
if your efforts leaves the boundary post well and truly your side of the
As others have suggested, use the 3,4,5 rule (it's what the builders of the
pyramids in Egypt did).
If the houses are 20 meters apart, you can use 15, 20, 25 meter
However there's one difficulty you may encounter. The wall may be square to
one house and crooked as a dog's hind leg at the other.
I recommend bushes.
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