Posted: 17/10/2014 at 16:56
I'd like to show a photo of part of my fence as I'm also a bit puzzled about one or two things, although I still like your fence.
Regarding those gaps. I've got similar fencing and don't have those gaps. Mine have been placed so they overlap about 1/2 an inch. Also I have upright posts about 6 foot apart plus horizontal cross bars going along the whole fence, 3 in fact, one near the base, one in the middle and one near the top. I also have boards (not sure of the technical name) along the base so there is no gap underneath. You can see it just above the shingle line below.
Another thing you might have to watch out for as this has happened to mine in recent years (my fence is 8 years old and never been painted)... is that some of those knots in the wood might blow through and holes can appear (handy if you're a nosey neighbour I suppose...lol) I've got several in mine but as I've got lots of bushes growing up, I don't notice them too much and I like to keep them as I can look to the fields beyond where often see wildlife, otherwise I'd have to get them replaced if I had a neighbour the other side. I think you can see from this how the panels overlap. I'm not sure whether this is right or wrong mind you.