Hopefully everyone is enjoying beautiful weather and the forthcoming spring!
Tim has taken advantage of the beautiful weather to work like a dog on the awesome new fence. He decided against railroad ties along the alley behind the property, and is building a gorgeous ornamental block retaining wall for structural support instead. The ties worked great between his yard and the neighbors, but for this large of slope, the ornamental retaining wall gives great support while being much more pleasing to the eye. Note the string line for keeping his levels and straight edges.
A retaining wall like this takes a few steps. First a string line is run parallel to the property line, and then a trench is dug slightly wider than the blocks up to the highest level of ground nearly equal to the bottom of the fence (a slight slope for water run-off away from the fence is suggested). The trench is leveled and smoothed with a bottom layer of pea gravel. Then you begin placement of the ornamental blocks, using the string line to keep your levels and your straight lines.
This new fence is going to require 280 new cedar planks. Tim has elected to pre-stain the boards by dipping them in the sealer in a tank, then standing them up to let dry (see photo below).
Meanwhile, he’s got all of his 4 x 4 posts cemented into the ground, including the extra tall one(s) on which he’ll mount his security cameras.
He’s nailed up the stringers and begun to screw on the boards. He’s using screws instead of nails for ease of replacement should any get damaged.
I have to say, the fence is coming along beautifully, Well done, Tim!
See the page Fence Project Begins… for the “before pix” of this project.
Or visit the photo gallery at www.CannabisOutdoorGrowing.com for all the photos of this project.
Feel free to contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about building the fence, or about growing medical marijuana outdoors!