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Description of building a cedar privacy fence with corresponding photographs.

Our Cedar Privacy Fence is Built!

Several weeks have passed and we have finally finished building our cedar privacy fence. All that remains is to secure the Wi-Fi cameras and lights to the outer ten-foot-high perimeter poles. One central security pole remains intact after all of the demolition, and we retained two standard posts from the old fence to attach wire fencing for growing pole beans in our garden. We grow our Cannabis right alongside our vegetables and everything is organic. More photos will be forthcoming in future articles featuring the vegetable garden and the growing Cannabis.

As we proceeded around the yard building the new fence, we had to keep in mind our two escape artists; therefore we retained the old back wall as we added the new, keeping the dogs safely fenced up all along. As soon as the new back fence was completed, Tim cut down the old one in sections; we enjoyed several bonfires (with legal permits, and following all  fire safety laws) to eliminate the waste.



The three-foot front gate.

The three-foot front gate.

We built two gates for the yard — one for front yard access and one off the alley. Always being security-minded, we added three latches to each gate, with only the top latch accessible by string pull. When we leave the premises we latch all three positions — top, bottom, and middle — as well as padlocking the top latches of both gates. Due to the heaviness of each gate we will be changing the two small hinges for three medium strength hinges. Note that hinges are always placed on the interior of a yard, to keep a clever thief from simply unscrewing the hinges to remove the gate.

North fence

North fence





These finished results are worth the months of hard work. Our cedar fence is completed, with triple stringers and eighth-inch gaps between stained planks. The north and south sides that adjoin neighbors’ yards have the planks facing interiorly, while the alley has the planks facing outwards for security purposes. It is harder to scale the smooth planks than it  is to climb the three stringers.


Tim hasn’t forgotten his construction background — the completed fence is both beautiful and functional.

To enjoy our complete set of fence photos, see our photo gallery at As always, feel free to ask Tim questions about growing Cannabis or building fences at


Happy Easter! The fence project continues…

Hopefully everyone is enjoying beautiful weather and the forthcoming spring!


A stone retaining wall shores up the back length of the yard and looks beautiful besides!

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.



What a beautiful approach to the back fence!

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.

IMG_0034-45This 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.


These boards have been dipped for sealing and stain, and are now curing prior to placement.

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.




Here the cedar boards are going up.


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 for all the photos of this project.

Feel free to contact Tim at with any questions about building the fence, or about growing medical marijuana outdoors!