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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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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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Should I attach the fence post(s) where my fence meets my house? How do I do it?

I'm going to be building a 6 foot tall cedar privacy fence in the spring (with pressure-treated posts) and need to determine what to do with the two posts that meet the side of my house. In order to ...
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How do I remove a 4x4 fence post that is snapped off at ground level?

I'm trying to come up with a cheap and easy way to remove a broken-off fence post. It's a 4x4 lumber post that's snapped off flush to the ground, without any concrete around it.* I'd like to pull it ...
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How can I dog-proof a chain link fence?

I have a dog who has recently discovered that she can squeeze under a portion of the chain-link fence we installed in order to keep her on our property. Is there any effective, but reasonably ...
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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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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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How do I work around a tree in my fence line?

I have a fence that was built about 4 years ago. There was a large oak tree that I wish to keep on the fence line. The fence was built around the tree; it not only removed the tree from my yard, but ...
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What's the best way to adjust a leaning gate post?

I recently built a large double wood gate using 6x6x8 posts. Each post was set with concrete in a 26" hole. After some settling, one of the posts is now leaning about 1/4 inch toward the middle. ...
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Can I install 6' 6x6 fence posts onto a cement driveway?

We would like to install a 6' privacy fence with 6x6 cedar posts, between our house and driveway, that would involve 3 posts on top of our cement driveway and 1 in the ground. My intention was to ...
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How can I build a long lasting low maintenance fence?

I'm needing to replace a blown down fence, and have been seeking advice and quotes from fencing contractors. There seem to be two conflicting schools of thought. One contractor advises that using ...
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How long should I wait before painting new lumber?

I am building a fence. I just bought some treated 4x4s from the lumber yard and they are water logged from being out in the rain for an unknown amount of time. The weather has been cool and wet for ...
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What can I do to a chain link fence to make it dog proof?

I have a chain link fence which is pretty high but my neighbors' pit bull constantly climbs the fence to get over to my yard. I am scared of this dog and the Law Dog has been called numerous times ...
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Is a brad nail gun suitable for attaching pickets to a fence?

I have a large fencing project and I'm thinking about purchasing this nail gun: RIDGID 2-1/8 in. 18-Gauge Brad Nailer: Would this be suitable for attaching pickets to the rails, or is there a ...
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How can I best create a motorcycle tie-down point on or through my cedar fence?

I have this style of fence abutting my driveway (but this is not my fence): Currently, I don't have a good way to attach my motorcycle's inch-thick cable lock to it (or to anything), other than to ...
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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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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 should I paint cedar and pressure-treated pine?

I recently built a fence from white cedar (pickets) and pressure-treated pine (posts and rails). I have been told that I need to wait before painting or staining the fence in order to give the cedar ...
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How do I drill into an existing galvanized fence post?

I have an existing metal fence post, set in concrete, in which I'd like to drill a new hole in that post. Normally, I would use a drill press to drill into a curved surface like this. Since the 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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What are the basic differences between a mesh and regular/iron pool fence?

I'm about to move into a house and need to fence the pool before I move the family in. In searching the web I find that pool fences seem to fall into two categories: mesh or iron. What are the ...
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How do I remove a fence post from a Wedge Grip support?

I'm in the process of replacing my back fence. One of the existing posts was damaged (crushed) during a tree fall. After finally digging this out, I discovered one of these in it. What I can't ...
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Fixing broken fence posts with Simpson Strong-Tie E-Z Mender and concrete

With a recent wind storm, most of backyard fence fell over in the adjoining school yard. The fence posts were set in dirt I believe and snapped; we didn't build the fence... In the past, I have used ...
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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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How can I build a fence next to existing neighboring fences?

I would like to fence in my back yard. Nothing super fancy, just a black metal fence like you see everywhere. I got some quotes from some contractors and they wanted $6k+ (!!) to build the fence. I ...
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How much will a board-on-board (shadow board) fence reduce the wind load?

I have had problems with a fence on one side of my garden because of wind in Montreal. The posts end up leaning away after a few years. Part of the problem might be how the posts were put in (perhaps ...
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How do I stain a pressure treated pine fence?

I am putting up a pine PT post fence in front of my home. The fencing is new and green and I would like to stain it a natural wood color.I don't want to put it up green or wait for it to dry or turn a ...
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How do I reverse erosion which is lowering earth around fence posts?

Erosion has exposed several fence posts behind the back yard. I've considered building a retaining wall, buying dirt and filling the area in then growing some ground cover, or eventually rebuilding ...
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How do I paint the steel crossbeam on a colorbond fence?

I have a colorbond fence. If you don't have colorbond in your area, it's painted steel panelling that can be used for fences or roofs. My fence looks like this: But what you can't see is the back ...
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How do I dig out a hole for fence posts in a concrete patio?

I'm installing a short fence to run from the side of my house to the external garage. It will run along a seam where my asphalt driveway meets my concrete patio. I'm fairly certain that the footers ...
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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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Can I build a retaining wall along an existing fence?

Our yard has a small slope to it, and we wanted to make it level. (Mainly so we can put a swing set in for our kids.) I was thinking I could build a small retaining wall and just fill it in, but would ...
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How can I estimate square footage of fencing for stain?

I have a fence that looks like the following: I plan on staining this fence with a paint sprayer and this stain product. The product notes that one gallon will cover Coverage Area (sq. ft.) 250 ft². ...
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Should I add landscape rock before or after installing a fence around a dog pen?

I am making a 20'x15' dog pen area. The L-shaped fence will be against the house on each end. This is new construction, so I'm waiting on final grade. Should I install the fence, leaving a 5" gap ...
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How can I add a chain link fence on top of a cinder block wall?

I have a cinder block fence in my front yard that has two courses of cinder block and a row of cap blocks. It is about 24" high. It is set on a very nice, solid cement footer. I want to add a 48" ...
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Wooden pale fencing

I want to replace some fencing in the back garden. Ideally (if I can find it) I want to do this with Convex Pale Fencing. The fence is around 3 ft high x 6 ft wide, and I'll be using 3 panels ...
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Should a post in a circular concrete form go through the bottom?

I am replacing a fence post that was in a circular 2-ft form. The old one had rotted where the concrete and post meet at the top - the next one will have the concrete above water level! But - I ...
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What size posts do I need to use to build a wooden driveway gate?

I have just built a 6 foot fence all the way around my property. To finish it offI need to build a driveway gate. The gate will be 15 feet wide and have two swing gate sections. I have used 4x4x8 foot ...
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Does anyone know if concrete blocks with half-moon tops are made?

I'm planning to finish a concrete block fence and would like to cap it with a rounded half-moon style block for aesthetics (the whole thing will be covered with surface-bonding cement for an adobe-ish ...
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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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How to set metal fence posts?

I am getting ready to build a 6' tall 80' long wooden fence, but instead of 4x4 wooden posts I am going to use metal fence posts. The fence will have 1 walk through gate and a larger gate that can be ...
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How can I build a privacy fence?

I'm about to install a privacy fence around a decent sized area of land, both for privacy and to keep my 3 year old daughter and our two basset hounds safely away from the road. I'm installing the ...
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Is there a name for thin (3/8") redwood/cedar boards for basketweave?

I have to replace a "basketweave" style fence section on my property. The horizontal fence boards in the existing fence sections are 3/8" thick redwood boards (approximately 4" high, 3/8" thick, 8' ...
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How to install invisible pet fence in frozen ground?

I recently adopted a dog on short notice, and can't afford traditional fencing. I looked into wireless invisible fences, but the layout of my property does not work well for a circular radius. So, my ...
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How do I rebuild a large fence gate?

I have a concrete driveway that continues to the side of my house, with a double gate (a person gate, and a large vehicle gate). The gates are very old and made only with 2x4 frames and standard ...
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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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How can I keep the top of my dog ear fence level when the ground slopes?

I've been working on a privacy fence for our yard. I purchased individual 1x6 dog ear PT fence pickets and cut them accordingly to fit the contour of the yard. However, at one point the yard slops ...
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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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How secure is a live bamboo fence compare to chain link or barbed wire fences?

We're about to start working on securing our house. One thing we know we need on the back part of our property is a fence of some sort. I'm trying to keep costs down but security up. I know that any ...
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What gauge fence post should I use for a 36" wide wooden gate?

I want to attach a gate to a fence where the fence will be attached to a 2 3/8 in. metal post. What gauge should the post be for proper support? The fence will be a six foot wooden fence, as will ...