Fence rails

I had a fence to build! The details, materials, and design were fleshed out. I was itching to to convert the theory into an actual, built product.

The fence posts were in place, which allowed us to install the bottom and top rails. Because the bottom rail will sit right at the pavement edge, we had to excavate a little more along the sidewalk. The curb side edge was already excavated from our paver edge installation.

We cut the top and bottom two by four rails to length and attached them with structural connectors to the posts. At the same time, we pre-drilled the two by two rails that will hold the rebar and attached them to the back of the two by four rails.

I chose to only install the fence rails around the perimeter, because I still have to excavate for the rain garden. That will be easier to do if I can move up and down the parkway and in and out at the path crossings.

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About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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