The St Meloir Panel is made from planed, ‘Tanalised’, pressure impregnated treated FSC certified timber and finished in a pale green colour, with the latest generation wood preservative.
It is the most popular of all our European range of fence panels and adds elegance to any garden.
In order to protect your fence panels and add years to their life span they should be isolated from the ground by either a timber or concrete gravel board. We also offer a range of timber and concrete slotted posts that will help insulate your panels from damp.
Traditional closeboard bay fencing is built in-situ and is very strong. It is especially good for gardens with sloping ground because the fence can be erected to follow the ground contours, which means fence stepping is not needed.
The mortised posts and the gravel boards can be either timber or concrete. Traditional closeboard bay fencing with concrete mortised posts and concrete gravel boards is the strongest of domestic garden fences.
Step 1: Fixing the posts
All posts should be concreted 2ft deep in the ground using post mix, with the mortised holes in line with the boundary line.
Step 2: Fixing the arris rails
The posts have mortised holes to allow shaped arris rails to fit inside of posts.
Step 3: Fixing the gravel boards
For timber posts and gravel boards measure from the top of the post down 1.65 metres and nail the timber gravel board cleats in the centre of each post. Cut the length of the gravel board to fit between the posts and nail to the cleats.
For concrete posts and gravel boards use the 2-pin cleat kit. The cleats have two prongs on one side, which slide into the pre-drilled holes in the concrete posts, and a pre-drilled hole in the other side through which it is bolted to the concrete gravel board. The concrete gravel boards have short slots at either end to allow the bolt to pass through.
Step 4: Fixing the centre stump
For timber posts and gravel boards dig an 8-inch deep hole in the centre of the fence bay and insert the centre stump with the angled top facing up to fit under the bottom arris rail. Back fill earth around the stump and nail the timber gravel board to the stump.
For concrete posts and gravel boards dig a 8-inch deep hole in the centre the of fence bay, in line with the pre-drilled hole in the concrete gravel board, and insert the centre stump with the angled top facing up to fit under the bottom arris rail. Back fill earth around the stump and bolt the concrete gravel board to the stump through the pre-drilled hole.
Step 5: Fixing the featheredge boards
Starting from the left of the fence bay sit the first featheredge board on top of the gravel board, with the fat edge towards the post, and nail it to the arris rails. Take the second board, overlap it by one inch on the first board – again with the fat edge towards the post – and nail it to the arris rails. Repeat until the bay is complete, always with the fat edge towards the post and the thin edge overlapping by one inch.
A step-by-step guide to installing panel fencing on timber or concrete posts.
Grafter or spade
40mm galvanised nails
Ensure the area is clear from obstructions such as old fence posts, bushes, or anything that may interfere with the new fence line.
Check all underground services. The area must be clear of pipes and cables for at least two feet underground. Erect the string line to mark the fence boundary.
Select your concrete or timber post.
Dig a two foot deep hole and insert post.
Ensure that the post is the correct height for the fence, allowing for gravel boards if used. Use a spirit level to make sure the post is upright. Put ‘Rapid Set Post Kwik’ into the hole, add the correct amount of water and mix.
Concrete slotted posts do not require panel clips. For wooden posts attach the panel clips to the posts and then fix the panels to the clips. Keep a spirit level on top of the panel to make sure the fence remains level on top.
Repeat steps 4, 5 and 6 until all your panels are installed. The last panel may need to be reduced in width to finish off the gap. This can be done with a handsaw.