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water drainage and fence building

I am a new homeowner and with the first summer coming up I am looking to do some renovation outside. The first thing I'd like to do is fence off my back yard so my dogs can roam instead of being ...
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What can I add to make small-gap privacy lattice more private?

A few months ago, I added some privacy lattice to the top of my wooden fence. It's plastic lattice with 1.1 inch diamond-shaped holes. It's done a good job of making harder to see onto my deck/into my ...
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Removing a section of vinyl fence with wood beams inside posts

I Googled it, and found a lot of videos about removing sections from the fence. There is also How do I temporarily remove section of vinyl fence? However, all of this does not seem to apply in my ...
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Can I prevent a neighbor from building a fence against my house? [closed]

I live in a townhouse community, and the side of my house acts as a fence for my neighbor's yard. He wants to now put a fence next to my house so he doesn't have to look at the side of it. I have ...
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How much weight can 14 gauge 3” square tubing support?

I’m trying to determine the load that will be subjected to a fence I want to build. The idea is that the posts of the fence will be constructed or 3x3-inch 14 gauge square tubing with stringers sized ...
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Do I need to saw off excess for timber posts and fence spike DIY?

First off - this is NOT A PRODUCT REVIEW I have a leaning fence problem, and I want to fix it myself - fast. I wanted to buy a timber pole (100x100mm) and a spike support (100x100mm) to solidify it ...
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Leaning fence due to loose posts

I purchased a home recently and I am just getting around to fixing the 6 foot privacy fence. A few of the posts appear to be loose in the ground and the fence is leaning fairly substantially around ...
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6’ wood fence concrete or gravel?

I am looking for advice. I live in the Chicagoland area and I am installing a 6’ privacy fence in my backyard. The fence post are pressure treated wood for ground contact use. I am reading conflicting ...
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We had wood fence installed & one area at a corner, the ground dips downs 3 feet. Can I fill that area with stones?

We had wood fence installed & one area at a corner, the ground dips downs 3 feet. Can I fill that area with stones? The area is the right side of photo. I want to level the area with stones. I don’...
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Suggestions on constructing dividers for my chest freezer [closed]

I have purchased a 14.8 cu ft freezer and I want to divide up the space like so, but with taller dividers: The divider shown in the picture is out of stock, and I cannot find a similar product, so I ...
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How to prevent pool gate plunger latch/lock from freezing?

This MagnaLatch lock is a really nice product, but rain/snow/ice gets under the plunger, then inside the cylinder, then freezes. I have tried rubbing alcohol to unfreeze the latch, but the best ...
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Best practice to renovate wrought iron?

My outdoor wrought iron railings have been painted more than 10 times over 40 years. I now want to remove the old paint and apply high quality glossy black paint to last multiple decades, if possible, ...
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What kind of wood are these fence panels made out of and can they be restored?

I do have about 100 wood fence panels that I want to reuse to build a fence. I know next to nothing about woods. What kind of wood is this? I don't know whether this wood has been treated or not. ...
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Putting wood over chain link gate

I have a chain link gate that I'm looking to put some wood fence panels over and increase our backyard privacy. I'm looking to use cedar fence planks, and just screw them onto metal frame of the fence ...
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Calculating pocket hole settings from 4x4 post to 1x4 redwood rails

I am building a horizontal fence with 4x4 posts and 1x4 redwood rails. I want to hide the fasteners. So I thought I could use pocket hole joinery and screw in from the side of the 4x4 into the redwood ...
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Best way to reinforce double-gates for high winds?

Background I live in an extremely windy area where it is not uncommon to get gusts up to 40, even 50-60mph. My property is completely fenced in. The fence itself has metal reinforcement posts that ...
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Dealing with remnants of old fence post

I'm still working on the world's slowest DIY fencing project. If you look at my old diagram from a few months back, you'll see I had a spot for the terminal post picked out next to my house in front ...
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How do I fix a wooden fence that has shifted and won't close?

There's no visible sag so I don't even know what part to adjust, or how. It used to fit but in the past few weeks has become misaligned so that it won't close. Nothing seems loose or moveable
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Replacing fence posts: embed in concrete or use mounting brackets?

We've got a fence that needs mending. Several panels and even more posts. The current posts are set in concrete. I'm wondering.. do I dig up the concrete and replace it with the same? Or should I pour ...
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I have painted posts and unpainted horizontal rails on my fence. Can I stain the rails after I install them or will the stain harm the painted posts?

I currently have my 4x4 posts installed for my fence. I am going to be installing horizontal 1x4 redwood strips between the posts. I am going to seal the redwood with an oil based stain/sealer. Do I ...
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How can I attach lodge pole rails to 5" wooden fence posts?

We want to build a lodge pole fence. Each pole is 5" x 8'. Each rail is 5" x 10'. Posts will be concreted in every 10'. One rail at the top, between posts. Second rail at bottom, 1' above ...
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What kind of sander do I need to get the paint off this kind of fence?

I have a fence with a tricky structure with regard to how to sand it. What kind of sander should I get to remove the paint from this fence?
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Can I use composite decking material for a horizontal privacy fence?

I have 4x4 posts in concrete for my front yard fence. They are spaced 48" on center. Can I use composite deck boards for the horizontal boards instead of cedar? Or is that too long of a span? ...
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Advice for fence placement at an angle with a tree in the way

I'm looking to replace a fence section that was taken down by some contractors a few years back. They said they had to take it down because that was the only approach to my back yard that was wide ...
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Can a fence post spike set in concrete hold a light gate

I have a light gate thar collapsed because the post was rotten and it needed to be replaced. I want to replace the post but to avoid setting it in concrete so I am thinking of using a post spike and ...
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Direct Burial high voltage lines in path of where I need to put fence posts

Along the side of my property are high voltage direct bury electrical lines, I haven't uncovered them but before you dig service marked 3 red paint lines right down my property along the border. I ...
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Righting slightly leaning fence posts

I am rejuvenating a wooden fence. It is 8 feet tall, around 80 feet long, in a straight line from the NE corner to the SE corner of my property. I am stripping it down to just the 4x4 posts (set in ...
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How can I use 8' chain link terminal posts for a 6' fence?

My sister bought some material so I could build her a chain link fence. I never built one before and don’t know what exact measurements would I need. She wants a 6ft fence so she bought the mesh as ...
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How can I cut railed horizontal fence boards for a 50-degree angle?

I am installing a horizontal WPC wood composite fence that uses aluminum posts with embedded rails. The tongued boards measure 0.6" x 6" x 72". I need to make one 50-degree turn in the ...
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Building Fence Adjacent to Neighbors (Lewis County WA) [closed]

We have been having trouble with our neighbors with noxious weeds and property line disputes. They want to move their fence a foot after having the line resurveyed to the property line, which we don't ...
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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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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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