How to Build a Privacy Fence on a Slope

What You'll Need
String line
Tape measure
Stockade sections of fencing
3 Rails for each section of the fence
Pressure-treated (PT) posts

People want privacy fences for various reasons, whether to protect property, keep in pets and children, or keep out neighbors. To add this type of fence on level land is easy, but a slope can cause problems. Aside from complicated construction, sloping areas also require more security from outsiders and animals. Follow the steps below to simplify this project.

Step 1: Set the Corner Posts

Before you start building the fence, clear the area. Make sure there are no stones in the area.

Set all the main pressure-treated (PT) posts. Start at the top, and follow the slope of the land. If the fence is 8 feet high, then the posts should be at least 6 inches higher.

The next step is to level the soil for the beacon posts to be level and sturdy. Insert them into 2-foot deep holes, and fill the holes around them with concrete to reinforce them. (You can also use stones in the holes to keep them sturdy). Leave them overnight to set in the concrete. You must also set a post on top of each slope or hill. These posts will then serve as beacons or guidelines for building the rest of the fence.

Step 2: Fit the Rails

The PT posts have pre-drilled holes in them. At least one 3-inch deck screw is drilled into each section connecting the post to each one of the 3 rails to ensure the sections don't separate over time.

Insert the stockade panel, checking that there is an inch or two clearance at the bottom of the panels from the ground to allow the wind to blow through underneath and to prevent contact with the ground. The stockade will rot as any wood will if the stockade has contact with the soil and water.

Step 3: Paint or Polyurethane

You can paint the stockade sections but they look very appealing when done in clear polyurethane as well. The polyurethane also serves as protection against rotting and will save much in maintenance costs.

It does not matter how big or how small the area is that you fence in. If you treat this fence well with a few layers of polyurethane, you will have the joy of a privacy fenced off area in your yard where you can take advantage of the outdoors away from the prying eyes of strangers. Also you will not need to maintain it on a regular basis to ensure fence solving your purpose.