INSTALLING A McGREGOR DOG FENCE: GRADE CHANGES AND the BOTTOM FOLD
- Attaching the Fencing
- Joining the Fence Sections
- Managing Grade Changes and the Bottom Fold
- Installing Dog Fence Gates
- Fence Maintenance
MANAGING GRADE CHANGES
What happens if you are running your fence along flat terrain and suddenly the ground slopes up or down? Obviously, you have to realign the fence to follow the new grade. Do this by installing a post where the slope changes and cutting the fence just after it passes this post. Then angle the next length of fencing up or down as much as necessary to make a straight run to the next post , following the new grade and being sure to leave enough fencing material along the bottom to create the desired 6, 12, or 18-inch bottom fold.
If you are going around a curve, you will find that the bottom fold needs to be cut at one or more posts along the curve in order to allow the fencing to comfortably negotiate the curve.
Especially with metal hexagrid fences and dogs inclined to dig, it is important to have an inward-pointing bottom fold. This digging barrier should be firmly secured with ground stakes. Use the 12-inch kinked galvanized ground stakes for most kinds of soil, reserving the larger 18-inch hooked rebar ground stakes for soils that are light, dry, or sandy. These ground stakes are usually placed between 1.5 and 3 feet apart, depending on the width of the barrier and your dog's digging inclinations, placing some at the place where the fence first hits the ground.
Regarding the addition of metal hexagrid skirts (regardless of whether a polypropylene fence is being repaired after holes have appeared in its lower reaches, or whether it is being combined with a metal hexagrid “skirt” 2 to 4 feet high at the time it is first set up) the resulting plastic-metal fence combination should offer no open seam for exploration by would-be intruders. The metal skirt (with its bottom flap) can be put on the outside of the fence for ease of installation, but it should be firmly attached to the plastic fencing with zip-lock ties or hog rings (roughly one per square foot), and both bottom folds should turn so that they point inward and staked down.