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Questions tagged [fence]

Use this tag when the topic is about a normal fence like around a yard. It can be wood or chain-link, etc.

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Round Metal Gate Fence Post is Spinning When Gate is Opened

I need to correct a small problem with a metal gate post. When the gate is opened to its full opening, the leverage of the gate pulling against the gate post causes the post to spin inside the post ...
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Retrofit fence post to retaining wall

Hi all, I'm looking for something sturdier to replace this steel plate that is holding this fencing to the retaining wall. The fence post (?) is 4x4 and the retaining wall is 6x6 and have no idea ...
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What to do about these fence post bases

I have no idea how to resolve this, the posts are all wobbly and move at the bases, one area in middle starting to cause a lean. I installed this fence, 6' H, roughly 7' post spacing, only 3 months ...
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Drilling a vertical hole in fence post

I have an old fence with round metal post that are concreted in and in good condition but I want to replace them with timber posts. To avoid digging everything up I would like to cut the metal post ...
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How to weather protect plywood fence?

My handyman guy used the wrong lumber to make this fence gate. It just regular plywood used for subfloor: It's too late now to take it down. But it looks OK so I want to see if there is a way to ...
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Fence posts too shallow on slope

I have a slope and my fence installer only dug down into the clay hardpan 1.5 feet for a 6' fence. He put concrete in the hole but I think it's way too shallow. Since the land slopes I am thinking of ...
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horizontal fence DIY?

seeing if yall could advise at all. I'm on the fence about building a fence vs paying a contractor. I've got quotes from $3600-$4600 or I could buy materials and do the labor myself for about $1500-$...
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How should I install fence panels on posts that aren't level?

Needing to install a 24 foot horizontal board privacy "wall", we sunk one 6"corner Superspike and three more 4" Superspikes. The fence will be in two 12' sections. Our problem is that with uneven ...
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Fence gate sagging. Post twisting. Any ideas on how to solve this?

I build a fence a few months ago in the winter and over time I have observed the post that holds my fence gate (5.5ft) started to twist. At the same time, the door when I installed it, it was straight,...
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Patio gate not at right angle to the house

I am currently building a fenced in patio, and the entrance gate will not be at a right angle to the corner of the house. My question: should I angle the post that sits beside the house to be square ...
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How do I calculate the concrete needed for a fence post?

I'm trying to determine how much concrete I'll need to set fence posts for a 6ft tall privacy fence. From what I've read these are the parameters I'll be using for each post hole. Post: 4in x 4in x ...
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Reinforcing water damaged wooden fence posts, will it last, will it be strong enough?

Backgound On a wooden fence I have several posts that are water damaged at ground level and the fence isn't holding strong anymore. The remainder of the fence is in very good condition. I believe I ...
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Attach 2x4 to a warping 2x4 wood rail?

I have a 2x4 wood rail between two 4x4 wood columns. It looks something like the drawing below: The 2x4 rail is warping a little bit, so I want to attach a 2x4 under it so that it can straighten the ...
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What is the correct tool/method for digging out existing concrete holes for fence posts

My garden needs a new fence as well as two new fence posts. There is an existing concrete base along the boundary which is already securing three posts and has holes where two posts snapped in the ...
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Fence post behind retaining wall, drainage concern

I need to replace an old 2ft retaining wall(railroad ties) along my property line. There is not currently a fence there so I was going to take this project to add one. I am located in the PNW so there ...
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How deep should a fence post be with respect to the bottom of the concrete base?

Seems like a simple question, but I have been searching for a while. Everything I find is about the depth of the hole for the concrete, not the depth of the post. I want to know how far a post must ...
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Method for setting 6' wood fence posts in clay soil

Background Currently in the process if planning/designing a privacy fence after recently removing the old posts from the ground. I'm now at a point that you might call analysis paralysis involving ...
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Retaining Wall Supported by Fence

I am working on building a 1.5ft retaining wall in between my yard and my neighbors yard. There was a previously a wood retaining wall but was poorly designed and blown out and I am replacing it. My ...
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Are fence posts sturdy enough to support an addition of a wooden cover?

Trying to figure out how bad of an idea is adding a ~3-4’x6-7’ pergola type ”roof” supported by pressure treated fence posts. How to understand if it will hold or not? It's in the US PNW, so no ...
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Free standing planter fence

I'm in Ohio, USA for reference. I have some old chain link fence that I would like to remove and replace with a free standing planter fence. I'm curious what sort of problems I might encounter with ...
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How can I close a gap between my fence and my neighbor's that's on his side of the property line?

My heighbor erected a fence about 4" into his property. I recently erected my fence and put the post about 2" from the property line. I then extended the fence (boards only) to come as close to his ...
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Minimum fence height next to ravine

My homes backyard goes into a ravine, right now there is a 4 foot fence surrounding the backyard (see picture). I would like to replace the fence with a 3 foot fence or shorter (to better see the ...
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Privacy fence to gate issues

how do I straighten my my gate attached to the neighbors privacy fence?? I can not open the fence due to the leaning into my yard, it was working great before winter hit
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Adding a gate to a hollow post

I want to add a 48" gate to an existing vinyl 4x4 post that has nothing in it. Should I fill it with concrete or add a 4x4 wood post for added support
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Do wooden fence posts require concrete?

I plan to install a wooden fence using 8-foot 4x4 posts connected to wooden panels. All of the lumber is pressure-treated. My plan is to set the posts in holes that are about 3 feet deep (below the ...
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Will 2x4 remain straight?

I was able to straighten a slightly warped 10-foot piece of pressure-treated wood with clamps. Will it warp again? If so, is there anything I can do so that it doesn’t warp? This 2x4 is being used ...
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How long should concrete set for a post before I perform additional work?

I'm installing a gate for a fence around the house and have set wooden posts in concrete foundations for support. I'm using Quikcrete and the bag states that I need to wait at least 24 hours before ...
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Building a wood gate too hard for DIY newbie?

The gate in my carport is falling apart, having been built very poorly by the previous home owner. The quote to replace from a reputable firm is $2,850. I'm wondering, given the posts are already ...
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How to hide fasteners on a horizontal wood fence?

We’re about to build a horizontal wood fence, and I’d prefer not being able to see the fasteners on the face of each plank. What’s the best way of achieving this?
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Do you need to use concrete for permanent garden fences?

I was at the hardware store today, and saw they suggest using concrete for footing the posts. Is this step really necessary as the mycelium in the soil will hold the posts in place, and there won't be ...
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How should I build a garden fence on the edge of a swamp?

I'm currently building approximately a 60' X 100' garden on the edge of a swamp (1-2 feet above the water table), and am wondering what to build the fence out of, and how to build it as this is also ...
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Fencing backyard on the lower side of a retaining wall

Trying to fence my backyard, so that the dog has some room to play and burn some energy, as well as joining us outside during gatherings. My backyard sits on the low side of a retaining wall, which ...
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What is the best way to remove and reuse wooden fence boards?

I ask the question generally, but for my situation these are 6' tall and 7.5" wide boards with two nails each at top and bottom rails. My access is on the front face (nail head side).
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What's this plastic thing along my sidewalk pavers?

I just moved into a new house and am unable to close my gate because there is something nailed to the ground at the threshold that is sticking up too high for the gate the close. Any idea what this ...
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How can I repair this sagging gate door without replacing it completely?

This gate is rubbing up against the wall of this house, and the locking mechanism is on the incorrect side of the post where the lock is and now the gate will not correctly open. I think the problem ...
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How do you correctly pull the steel wire and crimp so it's tight enough for turnbuckle?

So I'm installing wire between two 4x4 wooden posts. I've done two but it seems to take forever, so I know there's a more efficient way. Here's what I'm doing: The wire's plastic-coated, so I remove ...
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Do reverse-thread eye screws exist?

I know I can't ask shopping questions, but please bear with me. I don't want to purchase turnbuckles for my wire rope fence, so I want to use what someone here suggested: use a reverse-threaded screw ...
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What wood joint can I use to connect railing members over a post?

For the fence we'll be using 2"x4" pressure-treated wood that will be attached to 4"x4" PT posts with wood screws. What wood joint should I use so that I don't need to buy any more hardware to make ...
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galvanized or stainless turnbuckles for exterior wire rope fence?

I'm working on a wire rope fence that looks like this. The difference is that we live fairly close to the ocean, which means lots of salty air. I've bought 1/8" galvanized steel with plastic coating ...
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How can I reliable crimp aluminum ferrules without a specialized tool?

Is there another way to crimp aluminum sleeves without having to buy a $40+ crimping tool that I will only use for this one project? Or at least is there a crimping tool that has another use? I don'...
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Are turnbuckles required for cable railing?

I'm installing wire rope for a fence. It would look something like this fence here: . I was thinking of using a hand winch to tighten the rope. So let's say the winch does its job, I crimp the ends, ...
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Would I use a reverse thread lag screw swage stud for tensioning cable?

I was watching several videos showing an installation of wire rope for a fence, and the lag screw swage stud on one end would be driven clockwise while the other goes in counterclockwise. That way it ...
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What are these called for tightening rope wire?

What are these called for tightening rope wire?
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Attaching conduit to fence

Can I attach pvc conduit to an existing chain link I am installing a storage shed and I don’t want to dig a ditch
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What are wire rope thimbles for?

What are wire rope thimbles for? Will the wire rope strength be compromised if I don't use them? They will be used on a fence. Thanks.
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Need help with sagging gate double gates

My gate used to be a single very large gate, but a local handyman cut in half about 3 years ago and made it a double-sided gate with a latch in the middle and a ground rode on one side. Both sides ...
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Refilling extra space between rail and posts for inserting screws?

I'm working on a wooden fence, similar to the picture below. It has a 2"x4" wood rail that will be the length of all four 4"x4" pressure-treated wood posts. This rail will be attached to the posts ...
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Correct crimping tool for these sleeves? Are these the correct sleeves?

I recently bought these aluminum sleeves for 3/16" wire, and this crimper tool. They will be used with this 1/8" wire coated to 3/16" I started using it today, and it seems the tool is too small. I ...
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Wood plank falling off fence

A wooden plank on my fence is sagging. It's stuck so it's very hard to push it back up. How do I put it back in place and what tool should I use?
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Tightening wood posts in simpson ez bases?

I bought several of these Simpzon ez bases for our roof. Due to the climate here, I need to check and maintain the bases and the wood periodically. For this reason, I shaved of some of the wood so ...