I am making a 20'x15' dog pen area. The L-shaped fence will be against the house on each end. This is new construction, so I'm waiting on final grade.

Should I install the fence, leaving a 5" gap between the bottom rail and ground, then after the fence is done, bring in 3" of 1.5" rock? The fence manufacturer recommends 2" clearance between ground and bottom rail.

Or, should I bring in 3" of rock first, then install the fence?

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    FYI: Dogs will dig in stones if they are determined enough to get out, bored, or just feel like digging.
    – Tester101
    May 1, 2013 at 17:57
  • we have 2 lhasa apso's who would role over and die if they had dirt on their paws!
    – dan
    May 1, 2013 at 18:33
  • Maybe your dogs won't dig, but other folks who stumble upon this question might own diggers.
    – Tester101
    May 1, 2013 at 18:58

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I think it would be easier to put the rock down afterwards (or at least after setting the posts but before adding the fencing) as you won't have to deal with the rock being present while you are trying to dig holes for the posts.

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    What about installing the posts, pouring stone, then installing fence panels? Might make it easier to dump and spread stone without a fence in the way.
    – Tester101
    May 1, 2013 at 19:00

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