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How to install vinyl fence over a step-up in perimeter wall?

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Old 04-07-19, 06:12 PM
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How to install vinyl fence over a step-up in perimeter wall?

Hi,
I'm planning to install vinyl fence in my backyard.
Something like this type:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Veranda-...4878,1251,6178

I've already installed metal posts at 8ft on center, embedded into my concrete wall. I will slip a vinyl post over each post, trim height of metal post as needed, and probably fill the annular space with concrete (unless someone can suggest otherwise on how to stabilize the vinyl post I slip over the metal post).

But, at one panel, I will need to step up because the concrete wall steps up. Photo is attached.

How do people usually deal with this? Is there a way to modify a fence panel? Maybe, is there a way to install an ADDITIONAL lower horizontal rail somewhere in the middle, and raise this rail up while trimming the bottom of the vertical slats, all to accommodate the step-up (per attached sketch)? Can a lower horizontal rail be moved??

Advice appreciated.
Thanks!
Theodore
 
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Old 04-07-19, 06:22 PM
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This is poor planning because you need a post right at the step. It will need to be longer than the others on the right so that the top is the same height as the ones on the left.
 
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Old 04-08-19, 03:48 AM
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I don't see a specific need to put a post at the step. You could instead fasten the bottom rail at the brick wall to give stability. Use a metal bracket or sink a post only the heights of the brick wall. Anything to fasten the bottom rail.
 
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If using a pre-made panel like you linked you are going to have to modify the panel. You could have avoided it by installing a post at the step in the retaining wall and starting your fence there and work outward to the left and right. That would have allowed a full panel on either side of the step. Since your posts are already in place you'll have to notch the bottom end of one panel to go around the step in the wall. See if you can special order a extra horizontal rail from your fence supplier.
 
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I think I found a reasonable solution: add a surface-mounted post at the lower step per this example:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/b39g3QRzR78yHutW6
The spacing will be a little messy for this section, but better to do that instead of taking a lot of time to attempt to modify a panel and risk it looking messy in the end.

Option #2, of course, is to add 2-3 more concrete blocks and make the step much closer to the post on the right.

Thanks for all the suggestions and advice. This is not my expertise and sometimes takes me a while to understand the obvious as compared to "more seasoned" individuals who've been through this.
 

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Yes, thank you. I came to the same solution you did.
 
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Old 04-08-19, 04:29 PM
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Yep, that picture is the perfect example of how it should be.
 
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