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How to Install Vinyl Fence Panels on a Slope? 

If you have a sloped yard, installing vinyl fence panels can be a bit more challenging than if your yard is level. However, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier. 

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  1. Get your permits and regulations in place before you start the project.

When it comes to fencing, it’s important to talk with your local city or county offices and make sure you have the necessary permits for your project. This will help you avoid any legal problems when it’s time to complete the fence and in the future. 

  1. Remove bushes, trees and other landscaping around the area where you want to install your fence.

Once you have your permits and a plan in place for the fence, you need to remove any bushes or other landscaping that may interfere with the installation of your fence. You can do this yourself or hire a tree service to do it for you. 

  1. Select the best fence style for your sloped yard

There are a few different options when it comes to choosing a fence style to fit your sloped yard. First, you should decide whether you want your fence to be a straight line or if it will follow the shape of the slope. If your slope is mild, you can install a fence that follows the curve of the ground. 

  1. Use a post leveler or plumb bob to ensure that each post is level with the other posts.

5. Set the end posts in concrete. 

If you want your fence to be a straight edge, it’s best to set the end posts in concrete before you attach any rails. This will allow the concrete to set enough to keep the post level as you attach your fence panels. 

  1. Adjust the mason’s line between the end posts as you install them.

If your fence requires brackets, attach one on each end post according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Some fence styles have mortise slots into the face of each post; others require metal brackets that are fastened to the post’s front face with screws. 

  1. Set the bottom rails of each panel into place (on most fence styles) using screws.

Once you’ve finished setting the bottom rails, insert each of the vertical fence boards into the groove on the top edge of the bottom rail. Then, attach the top rail to the fence panel. 

  1. Put the rest of your fence sections in place.

If you’re using vinyl fence panels, assemble each panel one at a time. If your fence is a stair-step style, insert the bottom rails into each post and then the pickets. You can then hammer or screw each panel into place. 

  1. Add pea gravel to the bottom of each hole for drainage.

When all the sections are in place, add the remaining posts to the concrete. Then, level the entire fence line. Typically, this takes two 60-pound bags of concrete per fence section.