The property my dh and I live on backs up to a large nature park which has woven fence with two strands of barbed wire at the top that goes around the boundaries. The fence is only about 4 feet high. We want to be able to go from our property to the nature park. The reason for the fence is because the nature park is surrounded by farms and they don't want cows, sheep, etc...getting into the nature park. Does anyone know where I can obtain instructions to build a ladder or ladder stile that goes from one side of the fence to the other with a small platform on top. Thanks for your help. Deb
You could just build a little DECK over the fence
and make ladders that go to the ground on each
side of it. Is that what you mean? The landing
area would depend on how large you would want
it. IF you want to SIT on the landing [deck area]
you could make it elongated say 8 to 12 ft with it's
length going along the fence, and only extending
a few feet [say 7 to 10 ft] on each side of the fence
on your property and their's. Making it large enough
to sit a lawn chair on, OR to lay on and look at the
scenery or stars.
We built one for our pool (4ft above ground) we put a little deck on top just enough to turn around on but a bigger one to sit on and look out sounds wonderful. Another thing we did that you may want to do if one side of it is going to be on public property. We put hinges on one side of the ladder so we could pull up the steps and lock them on top when no one was allowed in the pool or in your case in your yard. I don't remember having a plan or anything we used 2x4s for the sides of the ladders and set the steps in about an inch for extra support. the deck was boxed out in 2x4s and we used 1 8ft piece of regular deck wood cut into 4 pieces so it ended up about 16" x 24" hope this helps sounds confusing written out but it is really easy.
I did a bit of looking and found this website. Check out the 5th picture down. A really neat concept for a modern stile. I think a tall post at the apex of the 'X' would be great for the stepper to hold onto for safety. http://www.the-stile.co.uk/projects.htm
I was happy to see someone use the term "stiles" - I grew up w/ those in rural WA state...folks w/ cows who allowed foot traffic across their land, but didn't want to deal w/ gates, provided these for the community. Hadn't thought about them in decades - and can't recall if I ever experienced any other ones.
I finally checked that link and am surprised to see them in a fashion that differs strongly from those of my childhood - but which would be much easier to construct. Ours were about 3 steps high on both sides w/ a flat platform at the apex - they were easy to walk over, straight ahead, just like a set of stairs coming up onto a porch. It would take a great deal more lumber to assemble those old ones.
Just what the thread title says - a ladder/steps over a fence. I remember pictures from story books just like wannadanc described -stairs up, flat platform, stairs down. They were used on walking paths in Britian and elsewhere, I'm sure, for giving access to people through fields, and keep animals in. http://www.the-stile.co.uk/projects.htm They have gotten much fancier and high tech now, although landowners are now encouraged to replace stiles with gates.