If you have children in your home or simply have cats or dogs or want to create privacy with your neighbors, then fence is a simple and cheap solution.
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Stone Fence Ideas
When it comes to fencing, it can be very expensive for even a plane Jane perimeter fence. But you create a beautiful natural fence with stone…
Many homes from the late 1800s and early 1900s used stone as a fencing material, stacking it and placing it just so to create a 3 to 4 foot high wall called a stone fence. In rural communities, these fences are still prevalent and add old world elegance to a home that cannot be copied by any other material. If you are willing to get your hands dirty, you can build a stone fence for free.
Collecting the Stones
An important aspect of collecting stones is that you will need to be able to move them, so do not pick out anything that is much over 12 to 14 inches in diameter. Try and use stones that are similar in color and shape. For example, round stones should not be mixed with flat stones as this will look awkward in the stone fence construction.
Where to Collect the Stones
Not too far outside of any city in the world, are farm fields. Every year, farmers cultivate their land, and every year, they remove stone after stone after stone that works its way up through the soil and needs to be removed. Farmers generally have piles in different areas of their farm and are happy to give away these stones if you are willing to do all the hauling yourself. With a trailer and a pair of gloves, you can begin to haul stones to your house for the start of your stone fence.
Constructing the Fence
Start by laying stones in a line on the ground. The stone fence is dry stacked, meaning that there is no mortar to hold the stones together. Stacking the stones takes time and trial and error to get the stones to fit properly together. The sections of the fence should be about 18 inches to 24 inches thick to create a sturdy structure that each side of the fence can lean against.
There should be a slight pitch from the bottom to the top making it easier for the stones to reinforce the stones that are lodged into place. This process takes a lot of time initially, but will go much faster as you get used to building the fence.
If you live in the city, make sure that you follow lot line rules on fencing as this qualifies as a fence and is not easy to move once constructed.
If you have small children, it is a good practice to glue the top row of stones to the stones below with PL 400 construction adhesive so that if the children climb on the fence, the stones will not dis-lodge and cause any injuries.
Stone fencing is a beautiful way to give your home some old world charm and it doesn’t have to cost you a dime. Be proud of what you have created and when people ask about it, tell them how you constructed it. Just don’t be surprised if they want you to come over to their house and help them with their stone fence project.