Questions tagged [fence]

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Can I set fence post concrete next to large rock?

I have holes dug for my fence posts about 3 feet deep, 12 inches wide for tubes and they will be about 6 feet high. 2 of the holes have a large rock in the way (partially). I can reach the depth for a ...
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Picket spacing on fence [closed]

I have a design/look question for the picket fence I am building - putting rails in-between posts. I intended to build post exactly 8'/96" apart but made mistakes and their distance now vary ...
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Rail hangers vs toe-screwing for fence rails

1st-time DIYer here. I am putting a 4 feet picket fence and planning to join rails to post in-between (as opposed to outside). I will be putting 2 rails between 2 posts. The posts are 8 feet apart and ...
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How to Anchor to Top of CMU Cinder Block Wall?

I want to install a fence along the top of a retaining wall. The wall is made of standard 8x8x16 CMUs and is filled with 3500psi concrete and #4 rebar in every cell. The posts have 4"x4" ...
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Width of fence gate for heavy construction vehicles to drive through

We live in corner lot with 20-24 ft drop in elevation and plan on doing a home addition requiring heavy equipment. There’s a cedar fence around perimeter of entire lot. Currently only way for vehicles ...
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DIY Fence Screen made with EMT Conduit

I would like to install some black mesh screening material to hide an area of my yard. I was thinking that I could zip tie the mesh to 3/4” EMT conduit. Any suggestions on easiest way to anchor the ...
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What is a suitable post hole depth for a 4' fence?

Would 21 inches of post below ground be enough to support 4 feet picket fence (wooden)? I have dug holes 25-26 inches and planning to fill 4-5 inches of gravel. I am planning 8 feet panels (only 3 or ...
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Material/style for a BB-safe fence

My neighbors placed a BB gun target on the border between our properties. They shoot at it from their property. They miss sometimes, especially when they've been drinking or toking. I don't mind BBs ...
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Deck Rail Fencing For Cat

I need to install some kind of fencing on the sides of my deck to keep my cat from jumping to the neighbor's balcony (lol). I have pots there now to prevent him from his adventures. I was thinking a ...
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New aluminum fence posts loose in Quiikrete

I installed an aluminum fence using 80 pound yellow back Quikrete and after about 12 hours some posts were loose. Now after closer to 18 hours they seem better. How long does it take before the fence ...
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What is the right way to prevent twisting on a 8 foot gate that opens over a sloped surface?

I had an 8 foot gate installed recently. The rails are pressure treated 2x4 and there are 4 hinges attaching it to a post. We put a spring loaded wheel on the end to hold it up (it opens over a slope ...
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How to fence corners on a lot that is not square?

I'm interested in installing a wood privacy fence myself. I've watched a bunch of tutorials and feel pretty confident with the process except for one thing. Everything I've seen talks about squaring ...
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Fence post footings

I am looking to build about 60' of wooden fence, with 6x6 posts. I will hire a company to come and dig the holes, but I first wanted to find out the best way to fasten the posts. I know that many ...
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What are my options for erosion control under this fence?

I am looking at options for mitigating erosion under this fence area. It is also an easement area shared with us and the higher neighboring property. I need: 1. A simple and cost effective solution to ...
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Using 4x4 or 6x6 for 5 ft Gate

I am building a fence by myself and was wondering if 4x4 pressure treated posts will be sufficient to support my 5ft gates? I would use 6x6 but they are going to bee too heavy for me to handle by ...
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What size metal gate post for 5’x6’ gate?

Can anyone advise on the right steel post size for a 10’x6’ double gate? I am building a 10ft wide double gate, (two 5ft wide sections). The gate will be 6ft tall and use cedar pickets. Any posts will ...
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Installing chain link fence gate, need advice on terminating the existing fence top rail

I'm installing a fence gate in a chain link fence (with neighbor's permission, of course) I would like to use the existing fence post as the terminator post for that chunk of fence, rather than ...
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Are posts at 8 foot intervals adequate for an 8 foot high fence?

I have a 6 foot wood fence that is using metal poles in concrete in a retaining wall. The poles in the retaining wall are spaced about 94 inches apart. Fence has existed without issue for 16 years. ...
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Building a deck… Pier Size / Loading Question

I am building a deck. I have most of things sized out properly I think. I just want to confirm that 12" piers are enough for what I am doing. This is a freestanding deck next to a pool. Did I ...
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Adding fence section on 45 degree angle

I live in a condo development and our patios are next to each other. Our neighbor recently removed some bushes that helped with the privacy. There exists two 8 foot sections of fence between the ...
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What is this grill-like thing on my chain link fence?

New house, just found this in far backyard, behind a tree and under a jungle of vine weeds I ripped out. Seems like an odd place. What might it be, or used for?
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Can I have utility location done well in advance of a fence project?

Disclaimer: Before any work is done I'm going to have all utility companies come out to properly mark the utility locations. I'm looking to get a fence installed by a fence company. However, in order ...
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Care and maintenance of wood fence that is rotting because of damp leaves on the other side

I have a wooden fence around my garden. I share parts of the fence with my neighbour, who has a shed close to the fence on his side. Between the fence and the shed on my neighbour's side, leaves ...
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What can I use to create a “chair rail effect” for my outdoor privacy fence to separate the two different materials?

This is a question on improving the aesthetic of my outdoor space. I did an extension panel on my cinderblock fence to help improve privacy and I'm very happy with the look. I used shade fabric that ...
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Spanning a Gap Between House and Garage with Chain Link

I bought this house a few years ago and the previous owner decided that this embarrassment was the best addition for this garage. Needless to say, it's horrendous and I want to take it off. (and the ...
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Best way to source concrete for a long fence project

I've done several small fence projects before, and hand-mixed concrete in a wheelbarrow for each post as I set them in place. However, I'm now looking to build a wood guardrail around a parking lot at ...
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Exterior rated/grade adhesive to add final touches for my shade fabric applied to EMT rods?

all. I was wondering if anyone had a sound suggestion or experience with my particular query. My original thread was started here: Inexpensive ideas to extend the height of my fence cinderblock wall ...
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Building a 4’ picket fence with steel posts?

I’m prepping to build a 4’ wood picket fence in our yard. I’ve been seeing a lot of blogs and videos about using steel posts instead of 4x4s for wood fences for better durability. most of them seem to ...
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How Do I Make Metal Post Attachable for Neighbor

I'm in the process of building our backyard fence. We agreed with the neighbor to use metal posts. One problem I haven't solved is where our back corners meet. There will be 3 panels attached here. ...
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Understanding Fence Code for New Fence

I'm planning to build a privacy fence around our property. I want it to be as tall as the local code allows. I'm having trouble understanding the code for out lot. Does the plan above follow code? ...
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Need to caulk between mount and exterior wall?

I'm going to help a friend repair a small fence for keeping her small dog contained. The fence is lightweight plastic of some sort, and mounted to a rail that runs along the exterior wall of her house....
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What's the right size of gravel for fence posts?

I am going to put up a compost bay system with 125 x 125mm (5"x5") square posts. The plan is to not use concrete, but backfill the post hole with gravel. What's the best size gravel for the ...
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How can I protect existing fence pickets/rails from raised garden/lawn soil rot

I have an existing fence which goes some way into the soil and we are cleaning and painting it then we plan on further raising the garden and lawn. What are the best ways to protect the partially ...
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fencing under electrical transmission line

I'm a week from closing on a house (in Indiana, USA) which includes an adjacent undeveloped 1-acre lot. Running above that lot is a high-voltage transmission line. I don't know the voltage, but the ...
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Can I use an “impact driver for concrete” to drill or drive screws in wood?

I'm making a slat board fence with old weathered wood and 2x4s. My new cordless drill has 2 battery packs. I bought an impact driver for concrete but never used one before. Can I use my impact driver ...
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Landscape + drainage along fence line

I am on a corner lot and my backyard receives water runoff from my neighbor behind me and my neighbor beside me. I have a french drain installed where the backyards come together and didn't have much ...
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Can I attach corrugated steel to cinder block for added privacy?

After looking for ways to help improve privacy between me and my nextdoor neighbors I thought about buying 8ft long panels of corrugated steel and fastening them to our six foot cinder block wall. I ...
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Bending horizontal bars of Iron fence

We have a metal fence in front of the house and it has very strong iron rods both vertically and horizontally. The issue is with the horizontal iron rod as its bend and also its vending on the other ...
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How to repair damaged fence to its original strenght

am farming with cattle. Lately my fences were cut by a team doing exploration. The fence consist of 2.24 fully galvanised steel wire, 4 strains of wire. Straining posts are 500m apart with poles ...
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Notching 4x4 to Use as Fence Rail

I have a 6 ft tall fence (standard home-store pickets) that was installed before the home was purchased. A tree, that I assume was planted prior to the fence going up, has grown up through the fence ...
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How can I fix pooling water due to my fence?

I got my fence installed a few months ago on a down sloping part of my yard. I need to resolve the nagging issue I have of water pooling due to it not being able to get through the fence fast enough. ...
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How can I raise grade near my fence without making soil contact?

My house is on slightly sloped land, and I am trying to fill soil to level the ground to make it more flat to lay lawn. There will be 30-40cm height of soil that would go against the fence, but I don’...
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How to replace loose 4x4 wood fence post with a steel post

The original 4x4 wood fence post for my home's side gate (that holds the catch part of a gate latch) is very loose and wobbles. The post is surrounded on 3 sides with my concrete walkway, and the 4th ...
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Can I use Type-S mortar and rock to set wood fence posts?

I am trying to set a fence post by the house to fix up a gate door. The usual "bag mix" for this job is a mixture of quarter inch stone and cement and lime. However, I also have a bag of ...
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Can I install a fence post immediately adjacent to an existing one?

I want to install a new all-wooden fence across the far end of my garden. Ideally, with my neighbour's permission, I would have attached the far left panel to the last post of their end fence which ...
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Determining property lines using actual measurements and county survey records

I am currently in the process of determining the exact dimensions of my property in order to install a fence. I have located three marker pins, though not the fourth one yet. After searching through ...
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Building Gate between house and garage with concrete slabs

We are fencing our backyard for the safety of our autistic son and what we have left is a gate between our house and the garage. They do not line up evenly and there are concrete slabs and rocks in ...
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How deep should posts be set for an 8 foot privacy fence? [duplicate]

I am planning to build an 8 foot fence and will use galvanized post due to high moisture in the area. Looking for some advice regarding the depth of the post. These are 10 foot post so I was planning ...
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Are intermediate vertical supports necessary for horizontal fence rails?

We are putting up a fence with horizontal wooden pickets on posts spaced 6 ft apart. I have seen some fences with 2x2 vertical supports going up the middle of the pickets to help support the boards ...
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Is it possible to do a vinyl fence with differing colors on each side?

So basically my neighbors want a plain white vinyl fence. I think the two tone look is much nicer (white posts and rails but grey slat panels in the middle). I've been looking for double sided slats ...

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