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The Fence Bible: How to plan, install, and build fences and gates to meet every home style and property need, no matter what size your yard. Paperback – March 15, 2005
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“Excellent source of information. Benke covers all the angles on fences…”
“This guide contains all the information you need to build the right fence for your property.” –Los Angeles Daily News
“…the volume abounds with excellent ideas for designing and building all types of fences…..” –Library Journal
“…a one-stop resource for all questions about building fences. It covers a variety of materials (e.g., wood, metal) as well as a spectrum of designs, both practical and purely aesthetic. Clear and evocative photographs abound.” –Library Journal
“…helping you plan, install and build fences and gates to match your home style and yard, no matter what size it is.” –Daily Press
“…this book will give you all the information you need…”
–Kane County Chronicle Homestyle
“…all the options homeowners can consider for the yard or garden.”
–Garden Center Merchandising & Management
“…an accessible home owners’ guide…” –Landscape Architecture
About the Author
Jeff Beneke is an avid woodworker, house renovator, gardener, and gourmand who has written more than a dozen home-improvement books, including How to Build a Fence and The Fence Bible. He lives in Sebastapol, California.
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I was building a 370 foot, cedar privacy fence and this did provide some helpful tips like using a clear tube with water to find level from post to post or the nifty trick to know your corner is 90 degrees.
However, the author suggests strapping two, 2ft levels to each side of a post to determine plumb. It was unrealistic to do this for 52 posts. I also used the recommended braces with clamps on the first 15 or so posts and again, abandoned this because ultimately the post would move even with a brace and it was more hassle than benefit. Put the post in, find plumb, have someone add concrete, check plumb again, move on to the next post and come back in ten minutes and check plumb again.
I would recommend this book if you can get it from the library but the tips are worth buying the book.
The most common fence for the majority of North Americans is the "vertical board fence." It gets two pages - yes, two pages - in this 260 page book. On pages 108 and 109 it shows five photographs of tall, solid wooden fences. It discusses no construction details and says little about how one would reproduce the designs in the photos shown. It helpfully mentions "Vertical board fences tend to be... more visible than other fence styles, and thus worthy of careful and thoughtful design." However you are on your own for that design, this book has less to offer than most magazine articles.
Wish I had done more research before purchasing. This one is headed for the used book shop.