Fencing around armour stone/on a hill

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Posted by: from Guelph
5/21/2012 at 8:44:26 AM

The area I want fenced is a terraced area, which means it has walls going up and walls going down on any given side, like a tread on stairs. I require a fence around this terrace to provide privacy and to keep dogs in. There is going to be an armour stone wall (lime stone) at one end and armour stone (footing?) holding up this terrace at the other end.

I have read extensively on the experiences of people who have had fences secured to the top of the armour stone...every single experience is that over time (sometimes a brief period, sometimes a couple of years) the static fence and the dynamic wall (by the way, the walls are dry, floating) part ways. There is too much strain on both the rock and the fence.

All I can come up with is to install sonotubes along side the rock and then have the fence specially designed to go up and down with the slope, revealing the rock beneath it. I'm hoping against hope that somebody with experience is going to see this post and offer up an idea that only a professional could come up with.

Thanks so much!

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Date/Time5/22/2012 at 1:37:05 AM

If the stone is installed properly, it shouldn't move at all. If they just place them on the ground, yes it will move and settle.

However if you are worried about it, have the fenced installed with some sort of sliding connection to the posts, to allow for some movement of the post/stone combination. Or wait a year or two before the fence goes in to allow the stones to settle and stop moving.

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