Fences with issues!

A fence with issues

This can be what your horizontal fence looks like in a few months, if not made with proper wood type and grade selection, proper design, (vertical cleats spacing), proper fabrication and fasteners, etc.

A horizontal fence is a relatively simple but stately concept, but it’s easy to end up with a warped fence if design, fabrication, lumber selection, lumber moisture content, and details aren’t properly optimized and employed.

At Woodway, we design and select the best lumber for the desired grade, and fabricate with correct glue and stainless fasteners – to ensure that you do not have a horizontal fence that looks like spaghetti after a couple months in the weather! Take a look at our Moderna and Highland Park panel screens – you’ll see the difference!

A Highland Park panel screen with no issues!

The big fence project

The first six panels!

Consider this post a bit of a running commentary on a home project we recently completed. Using Woodway’s Tongue & Groove Fence Panels (30 of them!), we set upon the task of replacing an aging Cedar fence.

Because our fence is “shared” by two other neighbors – who were thrilled they’d be getting a “new” fence to look at – we started in one corner, with the most stable post that existed. Our process was simple: starting at that corner post, we had to remove the existing fence, and also remove all the other posts – because the previous fence hadn’t been installed using the common 8-foot on center posting method.


New and old!

After demolition of that first run of fence (about 80 feet), we attached our first panel to the existing post, dug a hole for a new post, braced a new post, attached the panel to the new post, and dropped two bags of quick set concrete in the hole. We followed that method for the remainder of the fence – and got six panels installed on the first day!


A few caveats, regarding our project:
1. We live in an ancient riverbed (near the Columbia River), which required the rental of a post drill and auger – the BEST investment we made on the project.
2. Though we completed the project with just two people, a third person is quite helpful for installation.
3. We made a quick decision regarding the height of our panels, which informed the rest of the project: we chose to align our panels using the middle rail of the panel – you may choose to align by the top or bottom!

Next time: completing the fence, including converting a fence panel into a gate!

The old!

The new

One side complete