Among the various exterior landscaping works that each of us may be required to carry out, the installation of rigid metal fence panels remains in itself a relatively simple and quick operation, provided, however, that we do not leave adventure without having planned your project well beforehand and of course… that the terrain lends itself to it!
On the flat and regular ground, no problem! With a little common sense and method, it is now perfectly possible to erect several tens of meters of the fence in a single day.
On the other hand, when the future fence has no choice but to follow the relief or the natural slope of the terrain, the installation inevitably becomes a little more technical.
A slightly chaotic ground, a slight slope, or a significant and uneven drop are all parameters that must be taken into account. From a not only technical but also an aesthetic point of view, the topology of the land on which the fence will be placed plays a major role in the choices of implementation that we will have to make.
Simple and effective, the “staircase” laying technique
This laying technique also called “stepped” laying, is undoubtedly the easiest to implement when there is a slight drop. Indeed, once the first post has been correctly positioned, all the work then consists of simply shifting each panel vertically, following the natural slope of the ground. Please note… as a precautionary measure, and in order to be able to adjust the various elements as well as possible, each post will only be sealed definitively as the panels are put in place.
Simple to implement, it should, however, be known that this technique of installation quickly finds its limits when the difference in height becomes too important. Indeed, the steeper the slope, the more the space between the ground and the “downstream” end of the panel increases. It is, therefore, quite easy to imagine that beyond a certain threshold, the final result is very likely not to be completely optimal, neither from an aesthetic point of view nor from a functional point of view.
Although there is no precise rule as to the maximum height that can be left between the panel and the ground, around ten centimeters nevertheless seems to be the “norm” most frequently adopted in most cases.
A fairly widespread and easy-to-implement trick makes it possible to limit this space on the ground without having to embark on major and costly earthworks. All you have to do is divide each panel into two equal parts and add an intermediate post so that this spacing is, in turn, reduced by half.
If the main drawback of this technique, apart from the time devoted to cutting, obviously remains the multiplication of the number of posts and, therefore the increase in the overall cost of the project, the result obtained often proves to be very satisfactory.
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