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How to attach cedar boards to a removable fence frame?

So here is the fence. The purple things are J hinges which make the panel removable The frame is installed flush with the 4x4 so that when I attach the planks to the frame the planks will be flush ...
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Horizontal Fence on a slope; what's the best design?

I am replacing my neighbors low, 4' tall fence on the side of my yard with a new wooden fence. I like horizontal fences. I am going to put the horizontal fence boards between the posts. The span ...
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How to attach a bolt down post support to a fast set concrete post built with

What is the procedure to attach a bolt down post support to a fast set concrete base post? WHat type of bolts and what size should I use to attach this? One of the posts will support a 39" wide gate, ...
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How should I support a large gate in a vinyl fence?

I'm adding a new gate in my vinyl fence; a full width (6') gate. I'm concerned about support. The fence posts are decently moored, but there is still some wiggle. Would it be better to dig out and ...
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Cleaning and staining a fence with segments of different color and age

I have a fence that I share with my neighbors and I have a couple of questions related to how to properly clean and stain this fence. You can see it in the picture below. There is another segment ...
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Need suggestions for a removable or mobile fence for a parking spot next to the garage

Below is the layout of the space that I want to close with a fence. What is not shown in the picture is a large driveway that goes from the street to both the garage and the parking spot that I want ...
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I need to join my fence with my neighbor's; Can't use his post..how do I dig the hole for mine close to his?

As shown in the picture my neighbor's fence is already in place (the vertical fence) Mine will be horizontal and I need to set the post as close as possible to his. My post will support a gate (72" ...
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How to protect soil up against new wood fence base

Landscaping the back yard in our new house, the landscaper brought up the dirt level. But now the dirt level is so high soil is up against our fence covering 6-8" of it vertically all around the ...
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When is a fence considered light weight and how do you chose if you need a heavy or a light fence?

I have two other related posts regarding fences (if you are curious) . I am now trying to decide what kind of base I should implement for my fence... Here is what I am trying to build I would like ...
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How do I join my horizontal slat fence with my neighbor's fence (vertical fence)

I am thinking about building a horizontal fence to close the open space left by the previous owner to the left of my garage. How do I join my fence with the exiting fence of my neighbor. Do I have to ...
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What are the steps for pouring more cement around metal fence posts that are leaning?

When the wooden fence was built, they used metal posts but only filled the 2' hole with one bag of concrete. The posts are leaning at about a 25 degree angle. I want to dig out the hole again, then ...
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How to put a 1ft piece of a 4x4'' post onto existing one without the connection being visible?

I have a fence which I would like to raise by 1ft. The posts are 4x4'' pressure treated wood. I would like to cut a new 4x4 post into 1ft pieces and put on top of existing ones. What's the best way ...
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Why did a gate post rot after just 6 years?

My friend put a 4 inch treated wood gate post in the ground and we filled the hole with concrete. A neighbor built a fence around the same time, using similar-looking posts. Six years later, the ...
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Can wrought iron or aluminum fence be re-used and secured with concrete?

I need to section an area off for my dogs in the backyard. I have a lot of wrought iron or aluminum fence pieces leftover from the front-yard fence - some that were removed when someone crashed into ...
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Setting posts for a sturdy garden fence

So spring has arrived, and we have decided to build a 20' x 40' enclosed area in which to place a garden (we have many deer, rabbits and other garden veggie thieves in the area). The plan is to build ...
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What's the best way to ensure a wood fence is straight when the post stirrups are not level?

I am building a hardwood fence with 100mm posts. A contractor set 90mm post stirrups (don't ask) in concrete on the fence line as part of a spoon drain. The stirrups were level when placed, but have ...
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Using Fence as a retaining wall

I have a fence, nearby which around which the ground is not level. the Kick boards (pressure treated) are around 2' high. Can i fill dirt and use fence as retaining wall. there is a post every 4'. If ...
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Wood Fence Designs

I plan on building a wooden fence out of pressure treated lumber this spring. I like the idea of 4x4's as posts and 2x2's for spindles. My wife and I do not like privacy fences. The function of this ...
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How can I fill in the gap between my chain-link fence and it's gate

So we have a couple of gates in our chain-link fence and bunnies and large rodents like to squeeze through them. Anyway I would like to fill the gap some how so the gates are still usable and looks ...
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How long can I leave a wood fence after power washing, before staining?

If I were to pressure wash my fence this weekend. Could I leave it and not stain it until fall? The only reason I ask is I have the time to wash the fence and my house, but I probably couldn't stain ...
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How to cut a 4x4 fence post lengthwise and at an angle?

I need to make lengthwise cuts down the entire length of an 8 foot long 4"x4" fence post like so: In that diagram the blue lines represent the cuts I need to make, and the purple areas are the ...
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Placing fencepost close to house?

I am installing a privacy fence that will go right up against my house. I began digging a post hole that is about 6 inches away from my house, but about 20 inches down, I hit a bunch of cement which ...
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Are there any advantages to using metal post spikes set in concrete when building a privacy fence?

My neighbor and I are considering alternatives to wood-in-concrete fence posts for a privacy fence that can have significant wind load in an area that gets up to -30 degree frosts in winter. The ...
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Who do I contact to have the property line marked?

I'm looking to install a fence on the property line, and I was wondering who do I speak to about having it marked? Thanks!
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How to make custom stringers for wooden/picket fence?

I am building a wooden picket fence for my backyard, and have decided to go with a pressure-treated dog ear fence available here. The problem is my back yard has a lot of uneven terrain, and so there ...
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What water:cement:sand ratio gives the strongest mortar?

A typical mortar mix ratio is 1 cement : 3 sand. But what is the water ratio? Is it 0.5:1:3? Would a 0.5:1:2 ratio be a stronger mortar? Our next door neighbor has a dog that digs like a pro. The ...
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What type of hardware do I need for a heavy fence gate?

I am fencing in my back yard ('dog-ear' wooden picket fence) and am planning to make a large gate, say 10 ft wide, so that vehicles will be able to access the back yard if need be. Specifically the ...
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How deep should I sink a gatepost for a 7' wide gate in my fence?

I am a first time fence builder, which will be 6ft cedar. I need a gate that is 7 to 8 ft wide. I live in Oregon and the frost line is only a foot deep. I was planning on a 7ft gate with a 6x6 post. ...
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When is the best time of year to install a fence?

Is there any right time to put the fence up in the backyard considering you have saved enough $$$s? Looking at the winter season we have and snow in coming months, is this the right time or should i ...
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In CLAY soil, looking for best method to set wood fence posts?

I am getting ready to install a wood fence. My problem is I have soil that is mostly clay. What is the best method to install posts in poor draining clay, giving me the best longevity?
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how do i replace a fence post that was also used as a deck footing?

So I removed the old broken 4x4 post that was for the fence and deck. I have the deck sitting on stone slab after I held it up with a jack. It had two bolts that I had to cut out that are still in ...
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What's better for fence posts - wood or metal tbar?

I have a nice post digger tool but my dad claims its cheaper and much easier to use metal bars. He has been using 3" (?) metal poles and pounding the ends into a sharp flat surface and then hammering ...
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How to keep a vinyl fence gate from bending inward

I have a large Vinyl fence gate to give access to the side of my house. There's one large 6' gate and one standard 3' gate. Last night we had some pretty severe wind that bent the main anchor on the ...
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How do I fix a sinkhole in my backyard?

I have a sinkhole in my backyard along the fence line which began expanding during the last few months. There's a slight depression in the ground about 6' in diameter centered around one of the fence ...
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Do I have to remove the existing 6' fence posts to install an 8' metal fence?

I would like to replace a 6 foot fence with a 8 foot fence. The current fence has metal post. Will I have to dig up the current post or can I weld an extension to the existing post.
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How can I build a wood fence to block sound?

I live on a busy street that is separated from a highway by a restaurant parking lot, and I would like to replace my wrought iron fence with a wooden fence for both privacy and to block sound. I am ...
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How can I install a fence on top of this wall?

I'd like to install a fence (180cm x 90cm) above a small wall (shown in photos below). Initially I wanted to screw C-shaped metal clips like 20cm below the top edge of the wall then vertically along ...
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How do I replace a wooden fence post that was set in concrete?

I need to replace a wooden fence post that was set into concrete. The post has snapped through rot at the base and the rot has set in so far that the post snapped about 2 inches beneath the surface. ...
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Does a 4 ft. chain link fence need concrete footings for the posts?

I am about to install a chain link fence between my deck and pool. My pool has a 4 inch slab of concrete and I have about 5" between the deck and the start of the concrete. The chain link fence will ...
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How do I place a terminal fence post next to my house?

I'm about to begin setting all of my terminal posts for a chain link fence. However, upon digging the post hole for the terminal post that goes up against the house, I ran into a possible problem. ...
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Can I use metal brackets to install a wood fence across an existing concrete driveway?

We want to install a wood fence on top of a 4", 3000 psi wire meshed concrete driveway. I want to hold the 4" posts up using base plates that are made of approximately 1/4" or thicker steel. The ...
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What is the best way to connect a farm fence to a vinyl fence?

I'm fencing our 11 acre property. For most of the fence we will use wooden posts and woven field fence, but in the front we plan to go with vinyl split rail. What's the best way to handle the ...
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How do I repair a chain link fence?

A wind storm took down one of the trees on our property and it landed across a chain link fence Given the height of the tree, the overall damage was fairly limited. I have attached pictures with ...
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How can I convert a shadow box fence to a solid fence?

I currently have a shadow box style fence around the backyard of the new house I purchased. As there is a pool in the backyard, I prefer more privacy than the shadow box fence provides. In addition, ...
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What type of 6ft fence should I get, that can take a lot of high winds?

We need to replace our chain link fence with a 6ft fence because 2 of our dogs can jump over it. We just don't know what type of fence can take a beating from the high winds we get due to the fact ...
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What is the best type of 6 ft wood fence to block wind in a yard?

We moved into a newly built house and I had a large clearing done. I was short sighted and had the loggers clear too much. Now we have a big very windy yard. I am going to plant trees and put of feces ...
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Should I set fence posts in dirt, gravel, crushed rock, or concrete?

I have received conflicting advice about how to set wooden fence posts. Many web sites suggest setting them in a concrete cylinder. Someone at the local hardware store had seen posts set in concrete ...
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Resetting fence posts in very wet condtions

This winter the Minnesota frost heaved up 5 fence posts in my yard. I've pulled out the 5 posts, and have found basically puddles of water and very very wet mud. I shop-vac'd out the standing ...
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Should I use wood or metal for an 8" gate post?

I am replacing the wooden gate post of my farm's entrance. I have a solar-powered electric opener and am using a 16 foot tubular gate. I want two 8" posts, 12' tall, either metal or wood. Which would ...
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What type of posts should I use for my gate? [duplicate]

I'm working on building a 10ft double door gate, with 1½" steel supporting frame and wooden 5½" pickets. I really don't want this thing to sag, or done incorrectly, so I want to make sure I get the ...