Feather edge board fencing

23 May 2006
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United Kingdom
I am about to replace the old 6' high x 30 meter long feather edge board fence that I errected just over 20 years ago with a similar one.

I made the original fence from 6" wide x 1" (at the thick end) feather boards, but I can't seem to get that size anywhere now (not even from the place that supplied the originals) I've tried wood yards thinking that they would cut to order, but even they seem to buy in, so all I can find is 5" x 1/2" which I guess must be strong enough if that's all that's available, unless anyone knows of anywhere in the Leeds area that supply bigger/thicker.

Also, this time I'm thinking of capping the top, but with the boards being so narrow, there's little to fasten to, so I was thinking of putting the top (4" x 2") arris rail right to the top of the boards to give some width to nail to. Is there anything wrong with doing that? (there will be 3 rails)

I have recently read somewhere, that the posts should be about 4" higher than the top of the fence. Anyone know why?

Lastly, if I use tanalised panels, do they not need any further treatment for a while (apart from the cut edges)

What do the experts think.
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