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Debsroots
Northwest, MO
(Zone 5a)

February 14, 2005
11:58 PM

Post #1289003

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
TexasJewel
Myrtle Beach, SC
(Zone 8a)

February 15, 2005
2:25 AM

Post #1289193

Just a Thought:

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.

Jewel
old_rose
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

February 15, 2005
2:09 PM

Post #1289671

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.

Sandy

This message was edited Feb 17, 2005 6:58 PM

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

February 17, 2005
11:08 PM

Post #1294531

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

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

February 17, 2005
11:15 PM

Post #1294546

Click on 'Search', then put 'stiles' in the search by title box and you'll get more pictures. Some are really neat!
Debsroots
Northwest, MO
(Zone 5a)

February 20, 2005
9:25 PM

Post #1299231

Thanks for all your help...dh has come up with a plan...and when he gets it finished I will post some picutres. Deb

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

February 20, 2005
11:06 PM

Post #1299389

Can't wait...:)
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

February 21, 2005
7:27 PM

Post #1300918

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.

Vicki

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

February 22, 2005
12:22 AM

Post #1301388

Some on that website I posted above were so neat, I wish I had a fence!!

edited for spelling

This message was edited Feb 22, 2005 10:33 AM
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

February 22, 2005
3:25 PM

Post #1302254

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.

grins

Vicki

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

February 22, 2005
3:33 PM

Post #1302270

That's all I remembered from children's storybooks too. That's why I was delighted with that website. Such artistic work!
JodyC
Palmyra, IL
(Zone 5b)

February 22, 2005
3:36 PM

Post #1302275

Mom uses an old swimming pool ladder over her fence.A neat idea.

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

February 22, 2005
3:41 PM

Post #1302284

good idea!
JodyC
Palmyra, IL
(Zone 5b)

February 22, 2005
5:22 PM

Post #1302466

Recycled right out of someones trash.lol.
Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

March 2, 2005
9:51 PM

Post #1316893

Sorry, I always thought fences were to keep animals and people out. And if not, maybe a gate or a cattle guard would be used.

I've lived in both eastern and western Washington all my life and I have never seen what you all are talking about.

Jeanette

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2005
4:07 AM

Post #1317459

I've always believed stiles to be of British origin - but that's probably because of kids' fairy tale books. :)
JodyC
Palmyra, IL
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2005
5:36 AM

Post #1317518

kooger what are stiles?

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2005
2:14 PM

Post #1317816

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.
JodyC
Palmyra, IL
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2005
7:18 PM

Post #1318589

Thanks,Jody
Debsroots
Northwest, MO
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2005
8:30 PM

Post #1379686

As promised...a pic of the ladder.

Deb

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 2, 2005
11:17 PM

Post #1379902

Very good! Looks very sturdy.
Sidney

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

April 3, 2005
7:01 AM

Post #1380545

Hey, that looks great!
JodyC
Palmyra, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 3, 2005
5:02 PM

Post #1381092

Sure does,i could use several.lol.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2005
2:13 AM

Post #1392240

Great looking "stile"...it has great "style"...LOL Jo
Debsroots
Northwest, MO
(Zone 5a)

April 12, 2005
12:50 PM

Post #1397809

Great sense of humor Jo...:) Deb

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