dirt against wood fence


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Old 03-14-09, 04:57 AM
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dirt against wood fence

Hi all. Part of my yard slopes down in the back, which has a wood fence on the border. I want to make the yard a little more level. To do so, I would have to add dirt about a foot up on the fence.

My question is, what's the best way to protect the fence from the moisture of the dirt? I want to take up as little room as possible. Would plastic sheeting be good enough? If so, what mil would you recommend.

Thanks for the help.
 
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Old 03-14-09, 06:37 PM
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Remove the fence, grade and re install!
 
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Old 03-16-09, 10:31 AM
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I agree w/ airman! How long is it?? Are they pickets or is it a privacy fence? If you put dirt up against plastic even, it will aid in a fast deterioration of the posts/pickets. GOOD LUCK
 
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Old 03-16-09, 02:47 PM
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The fence is about 80' long. There is a steep downslope to a creek behind the fence and I don't want to replace it if I have to.

I just might end up putting a small retaining wall by the fence and leaving a gap.

The fence has another 10 plus years left and I'd hate to replace it now.

Thanks.
 
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Old 03-16-09, 02:51 PM
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Also, I'm sure you've already thought about this...but make sure any re-grading isn't going to impact drainage.
 
 

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