Sidestep obstructions to fence construction with these tips

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Whether it's to keep a dog in the yard, keep young children out of the street or simply provide a little privacy while lounging outside for a family barbecue, building a fence is an easy way to improve upon one's home.

While there are no specific building codes addressing fencing in the city of Craig, there are zoning requirements, said City Building Inspector Dave Costa.

People can build a six-foot privacy fence surrounding their yard as long as there is a 25-foot set back from the front property line.

Anything within that 25 feet from the front property line must be four feet high or less.

The four-foot high fence must be 2/3 open.

The 2/3 opening requirement would allow for a chain link fence or a picket fence with substantial gapping, Costa said.

If people would like to build a solid fence without gapping, it can not be taller than three feet within the 25-foot area from the front property line.

But one has more guidelines to follow if their home is located on a corner lot.

At many corners, the construction of a six-foot privacy fence is prohibited for driving visibility purposes at intersections.

But if a fence can be built at a corner, a builder must leave a 50-foot diagonal line from where the curb intersects, and cannot build outside of that 50 feet.

If people follow those guidelines, they can build a fence on their property in the city of Craig.

The following are basic steps for building a cedar fence, and what materials one must have.

Fence building -- step by step

Step 1: Locate your property lines.

Step 2: Check city code on height restriction, visual clearance and distance allowed from the street. Many neighborhoods also have neighborhood associations and regulations to consider.

Step 3: String line and mark your layout.

Step 4: Dig holes for posts 24 inches deep.

Step 5: Level and set posts in concrete (wet or dry).

Step 6: Check height of post (should be 6 feet, cut if necessary).

Step 7: Once the poses are set -- level the tops according to the grade of the landscape.

Step 8: Measure from top rail down 60 inches for the bottom rail 2x4.

Step 9: Post clips are used to fasten the rails.

Step 10: Measure the distance with a tape measure or put the 2x4 in the clip and mark the post and cut if necessary.

Step 11: 2x4 now fastened -- start with 1x6 fence boards (recommend stapling).

Step 12: Then place your 2x4 caps.

Step 13: If concrete was dry when setting the fence, make sure everything is level and wet the concrete in posts.

Cedar fence --

material/tool checklist

Fence boards: Cedar products most commonly used are cedar value fencing or tight knot cedar fence boards. The value fence boards start at approximately $1.19 per board and allow some open defect or knot holes. The tight knot fence boards cost about $2.10 a board and have no open defect or knot holes.

4x4 pressure treated posts: These posts are treated to resist rot and insects. Determine how many you need if spaced every 8 feet -- don't forget to add the posts for your gates.

Post hole diggers: Depending on the ground, you'll need to determine if you need a Clam Shell available at Parr Lumber, Auger or Power posthole digger. (Auger and Power posthole diggers are available at most rental companies).

Concrete: It takes about 3/4 of a 90# bag per post -- gateposts will require the whole bag. One bag of concrete can be mixed in a contractor size wheelbarrow for easy handling if you choose to use wet concrete. You may also use dry concrete, set the fence and wet the concrete when the fence is set and leveled one last time.

Level: A line level will help determine that your post height is even from post to post. You will also want a post level or 4-foot level to make sure your post is nice and straight.

6d galvanized box nails: 1 pound will fasten about 15-20 feet of fence.

Gate hardware: The standard gate opening is 42", which allows clearance for most lawnmowers and wheelbarrows - "Adjust a Gates" are used for wider openings.

For more information on rules and regulations regarding fencing, people can call Dave Costa at the City of Craig at 826-2013.

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