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I am almost done with my graveyard fence.



I have not yet decided how I am going to place it on the ground. I could use what I have holding the pieces up right now which you can see in the picture (with some adjustments) but my front yard has a good slope to it. I have thought about pounding PCV into the ground and attaching the fence to it but I have really hard GA red clay just a few inches below the surface and worry about getting the post in the ground deep enough.

Any ideas?
 

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Rebar? Not sure how that would work on the clay ground, but it'd be easier than PVC. Are your vertical PVC pipes on the fence hollow inside? If so, rebar looks like it'll fit right in (plus they're obviously sturdy and will last you a long time).

I use rebar to hold up my cardboard-tube pylons. Works very well. Just make sure you get one with a enough length to get it in the ground and have plenty sticking up to slip the PVC over. I got mine at Lowe's - I think it was under a dollar for each piece of 3ft rebar.

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productList&N=4294961544&Ne=4294967294&Ntk=i_products&Ntt=rebar
 

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The tubes are hollow and I did think about something similar on the inside. I'd have to get the rebar cut and its probably an expense I cant do right now. My limited funds for this year are almost gone. (actually they are gone and have been dipping elsewhere)
 

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Why do you need to get the bar cut? I know for me, they came in two different sizes I believe - 2ft and 3ft.
 

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I use 1 1/2" PVC for the posts between the fence sections. In each of those I glued a 1/2" piece of PVC inside. I then place it over rebar purchased from Home Depot. They sell 2 foot pieces for a couple of bucks if I recall correctly.
 

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2 ft might do it. The last time I looked at the rebar at Lowes and HomeDepot it was three to four foot sections. I dont want to go too deep, one foot in one foot out might work. We have found from digging in the yard in the past that the ground has a lot of rocks in it, good sized ones too. (plus what the contractor dumped as fill) However the more I think about it rebar sounds like a good idea. Might have to go with that unless some other ideas come up.
 

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I use rebar. Longer ones (maybe 3 feet - so at least 1 foot is in the ground) at each end of each section of the fence, and a smaller one in the middle... Then, I use black ty wraps to hold each section together...
 

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Johnson724, I also use rebar, and two foot sections work perfectly. I use four foot pieces for the entrance columns, but two footers on the fence, and gates.
 

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Looks like rebar is winning. And I checked the prices so I might be able to scrounge a little cash from somewhere,,hmmm wheres the wifes purse?
 

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Depending on how much you need, if there is any major construction in your area, you may be able to find scrap on the site. Stop in at the foremans trailor and ask, worse thing that can happen is a no, now if you send a pretty lady up to ask......
 

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Depending on how much you need, if there is any major construction in your area, you may be able to find scrap on the site. Stop in at the foremans trailor and ask, worse thing that can happen is a no, now if you send a pretty lady up to ask......


Excellent idea...didnt think of that and there is a major construction project going on a block away from our office. I drive right by there all the time. Might have to pay them a visit in the Crime Scene Truck.
 

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LOL - 'The Crime Scene Truck'. That really made me giggle, Johnson!

We use rebar as well - 2 ft pieces inside the hollows at each end of each section. Although we don't use PVC on our fence, we actually use irrigation tubing because we like the warped effect it gave to the overall fence. Not to mention price! ;)

To attach the sections together, the Hubs uses double sided steel straps that he just screws onto each piece of the sections - one at the top and one at the bottom.

We got some pretty heavy/intense winds last year and the fence didn't budge.
 

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LOL - 'The Crime Scene Truck'. That really made me giggle, Johnson!

We use rebar as well - 2 ft pieces inside the hollows at each end of each section. Although we don't use PVC on our fence, we actually use irrigation tubing because we like the warped effect it gave to the overall fence. Not to mention price! ;)

To attach the sections together, the Hubs uses double sided steel straps that he just screws onto each piece of the sections - one at the top and one at the bottom.

We got some pretty heavy/intense winds last year and the fence didn't budge.

I had a stock pile of PCV from last year from the structures I built. I'm using wood this year because I think it will hold up better. We had some pretty strong winds a week before Halloween and it blew all the framing down. It was a little breezy on Halloween during the day while I was putting the plastic up and I was a little concerned.

Never thought of using irrigation tubing for the fence though.

And hey, the CST truck comes in handy at times. Also comes in handy to have our office located with the Coroner's office. Getting to borrow an old gurney for Halloween, just havnt quite decided on where to use it. For some reason the coroner wouldnt let me borrow a body.
 

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Rebar is the best IMO, cheap and already rusty.

But don't short change the depth needed for your fence. If anyone will be on close contact and may lean/push/pull on it, you will want as much in the ground as possible.

We are typically dry here in Oct, and driving them in can be a pain. If you have a grinder, put a little bevel point on the ends to help drive it in.
 

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Hey, after you are done with Halloween and the rebar has to come out of the ground....use a boxed end wrench. Just slide the closed or circle end over the rebar about 6" and then pull stright up! Works like a charm! If you dont do it this way go out and try it, you'll thank me! If this isnt clear let me know and I'll post a how to video!
And rebar is the best, I attach mine with electrical tape!
 

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Funny about pulling up rebar...no doubt if you have it in good - sure nuf it aint gonna wanna come out. Even if you wiggle etc. Good way to throw out your back. Definitely use a tool of some sort.

For even more leverage I have a old scrap 2x4 and about a foot from one end, is a metal strap. I loop that over the rebar, let the 2x4 rest on the ground and lift with the longer 'lever' section.
 
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