C loseboard Fencing – AKA Feather Edge .
Closeboard is the strongest of all closed wooden fences, It is built to last decades. It is more expensive than panel fencing or interwoven fencing. It is usually constructed on site from a kit, although ready made panels are available.
When the pales are attached to the frame they can be butted (edge to edge) or feather edged (over lapped). Capping rail is fixed onto the top of the fence to protect the pales from the rain and to give a professional finish.
Close board fencing is fencing which is made up of posts and rails, with feather edge boards fixed vertically to the rails. The posts should ideally be 4 x 4 inch treated timber, set into the ground in a hole 2 ft (600mm) deep and concreted with a concrete mix as shown in our concreting fence posts project. It is an accepted rule that the outside (good side) of the fence is shown to neighbours.
First the posts are concreted into the ground, then the gravel boards are fixed to the outside of the posts. Try and get the gravel boards as level as possible and if your garden slopes you may need to “step” the gravel board
Once the posts are secure, the rails need to be positioned.
The rails can be flush with the front of the posts, which will allow the feather edged timbers to sit on the gravel board and be fixed easily for the length of the fence. Some people like to set the gravel board & rails back so the feather edged timbers sit a little inside the posts. The choice is yours.
The rails can be screwed into the posts through the sides and supporting brackets can be used to give extra strength. 3 inch number 8 screws are usually needed for this.
Again all timber should be treated.
Close board fencing can also be done using proprietary concrete posts. These posts have slots in them in which the rails can be inserted.
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