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Old 03-11-2010, 11:39 AM   #1
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Re-grade backyard before installing fence?

We're getting a contractor to install a 6' wood privacy fence in our backyard. There is a section (maybe 1/3 of the yard) that we'd like to re-grade and add topsoil and sod as we get a lot of standing water after rain. Part of this area is along the future fence line. Should the re-grading be done first before installing the fence, or does it matter?

Personally I don't think there's anything wrong with burying the fence in another 7" of topsoil, only that it would effectively make the fence "shorter" (by raising the ground level). Any advice?
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:59 PM   #2
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I would re-grade first. It'll be easier and less expensive to get in and to move around with out a fence in the way.

Why would you want to start the life of a new wood fence by buring it in soil right away? Unless it's a pressure treated fence, it'll start to rot right away. Keep wood away from soil.

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Old 03-15-2010, 11:07 AM   #3
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Why would you NOT regrade first? don't have the funds? Other than something like that I see no benefit to doing the regrade after the fence.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:58 AM   #4
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regrade first, dont burry the fence.
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