I need to build a fence along the north and east side of my house. The
total length is about 240 feet. I prefer stone fences but the cost is just
prohibitive, I am not a fan of vinyl PVC fences or metal fences, so I
started to look at wood fences and bamboo fences. The standard 4'x8' HD
vertically slatted board fence do not appeal to me and after looking at
books and web site I found something that is close to what I am looking
for - something clean line and simple.
I think construction wise, it is the same as the standard wood fence. Set
4x4 PT posts at preset intervals into concrete. Then screw the slats
horizontally one by one. I assume the slats would have to be cedar or teak
in order to withstand the extreme hot/cold/rainy weather of south Florida?
Perhaps the slats can be stained darker...or perhaps the slats may be
such that it is flushed with the posts, and the posts be painted to achieve
framing effect. Not sure what size these slats are...2x1? or 2x0.5? Do they
to be pressure treated or not? Just have to find a lumber yard that can
a lot of these at reasonable cost. I don't think I can use the cheaper PT
strips? or can I? Those probably do not have the nice color and may be
or warped too much I would think.
Any idea or comments welcome.
Teak??? And you're worried about what stone would be?
Cypress would be another alternative...
Can't tell exactly what the dimensions are there, but I'd guess on the
order of 1 to 1-1/2" wide and a little less than full 1x
thickness--half to 5/8, maybe. Don't look like are full-thickness 1x.
Is thicker (and would have to be) than the slatting like for a
lattice-work fence, however.
Those are obviously PT -- look at all the knot and it's starting to
bow/twist/warp already and I'd suspect the pictures were undoubtedly
taken within a relatively short time after completion.
Virtually anything you put up that is that light weight a material is
going to move a lot unless it is very straight-grained, good quality
As for making such an animal, it would definitely be time-consuming but
as for the material, I'd make it more substantial and simply rip
material down from 1x6 or 1x8, the selection being made to get an even
number of pieces of whatever width seemed to most nearly match what I
wanted as the look. For selection, if it weren't almost prohibitively
expensive any more, I'd suggest redwood. Don't know what you could get
cypress for down there. Cedar would be an alternative. To use PT
would require hand selection of every board and controlled long term
drying before using to have much of any chance that it would look like
anything other than spaghetti in a year, imo.
clean line and simple? yes. a fence? no. Looks to be more
of a trellis. and very prone to damage from kids, whatever running
into it. a few years of FL weather should produce lots of warping
and turning. at 240' feet, am i correct to assume that this is on
the property lines? The only thing substantial would be the
A neighborhood kid climbing up a panel would reduce it to
rubble. even a dog could damage it easily.
yes it looks good, if you don't mind lack of privacy. But it
doesn't appear to be *durable* at all.
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