What is the best material to use for outdoor cat enclosure panels?
I will construct a large area (100' x 200') outdoor enclosure for my cat sanctuary. It will have a 28' climate controlled unit for them to turn into. My preference would be to make framed panels for easy alterations (additions, change in season positioning, & take down). It it southern exposure to a 75 acre cypress millpond with a plethora of wildlife in its surround.
PLAN: The frames would be treated 2'x4's with black vinyl coated chicken wire. 8' high with the 2' 45° inside fence safety top. Width up to 16'. These frames will be securely held in place by heavy duty steel U-channel posts.
MY CONCERN is the bottom rail sitting on the ground. It's moist & damp southeastern NC soil. I would like to use 1 1/2" PVC pieces to elevate the bottom lumber rail. I thought to cut them into 6" lengths with some holes drilled into their tops, placed at a right angle under the frames....every 2 feet or so. Pitched for drainage as well.
We are currently in a campaign to collect treated lumber, roofing panels, black vinyl coated chicken wire, hardware, etc. We'll be constructing dog houses as well & repairing our existing dog kennels. We design in accord to the materials at hand.
We are fortunate to have credit at Lowes. The labor will be donated. Blessed.
Ellie in the dog park.....she was adopted in Jersey!