We have a creek that runs across our property near the road. Normally
it is a little thing about six inches deep and maybe three feet wide.
But when it rains hard it swells. Yesterday it was as big as I have
ever seen it. Maybe four feet deep and out of the banks.
My neighbors have fenced their yard to keep in their three dogs. All
large dogs that were rescued from abusive owners. One of them can
climb the fence and comes to visit occasionally. She would like to
come close and be petted, but just can't quite trust me enough to get
closer than about five feet away.
Anyway where the fence crosses the creek, debris catches in the
fence. Makes a mat that blocks the water, causes water to overflow
the bank, and often the fence get bent over.
So I told my neighbor that I would fix the problem. And started to
build a section out of rebar that would be hinged at the top and so
would swing to let the debris pass under it.
Last night I came up with a simpler approach. I am going to make a
section about five feet wide and 30 inches high ( same size I was
originally going to have swing ). But instead of covering it with
wire fencing, I am going to make it with one bar vertical in the
center and three horizontal bars. So the opening will be 7.5 inches
high and thirty inches wide. That should let the debris, mostly small
sticks and leaves float through. The section of fence will be held by
wire at the top and some plastic cable ties at the bottem. The idea
being that if there is enough force on this, the ties at the bottom
will break and the water can swing the section horizontal. But the
section will normally be held securely in place so the dogs can not
So there will be some welding of the rebar. I have not welded a lot
of rebar, but so far have never had any problems with the welds
Will let you know if Mark one mod zero does not work , and there has
to be a Mark one mod one.