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Old 04-27-2018, 10:03 PM   #1
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About to build a 1500' fence for horse pastures. The pasture is somewhat hilly. The homeowner does not want the fence to follow the land but instead create straight runs in between major elevation changes and corner posts. In the past when building these kinds of fences I've used either jetline or chalk line mark the top of post and rail lines. Usually the elevation changed enough that every line of fence wasn't much longer than 40' - 75'.

On the fence that I'm about to do i have couple runs 100' - 150'. I'd like to use mason twine and chalk line for everything because jet line is hard to see. Does anyone have a mason twine brand or chalk line they swear by that doesn't sag much? And while I'm asking, anyone know how much either of these 3 kinds of lines sag on average (per 50' or something)? thanks everyone
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Old 04-28-2018, 07:40 AM   #2
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If your longest run is about 150', I'd go with a laser. (It helps that I already own one)

Failing that, I'd use a water level.

No sag in either.

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If your longest run is about 150', I'd go with a laser. (It helps that I already own one)

Failing that, I'd use a water level.

No sag in either.
I would use a laser or a transit if i needed a level line. i don't need a level line though. I need a straight line from point A to point B, 150' apart and they are different elevations. thanks
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You can still use a laser. Some lasers can be set for slope. 100-150 feet with a stringline I would be more concerned about which way the wind is blowing.
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You can still use a laser. Some lasers can be set for slope. 100-150 feet with a stringline I would be more concerned about which way the wind is blowing.
Any specific brand of laser you like that can be set at an angle? Ive always tried to stay away from lasers outside except for when i am using a receiver simply because they are hard to see.
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On 100ft & mason line, figure about 1/4" sag & you'll be plenty close for a fence.
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Any specific brand of laser you like that can be set at an angle? Ive always tried to stay away from lasers outside except for when i am using a receiver simply because they are hard to see.
Any laser that has manual adjustments for level. Set a bench mark same height at each end and adjust the laser's beam to cross both. Works best to have laser very close to one end.

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