Questions tagged [fence]

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Uneven poles for fence with wood railing?

What can I do if the steel poles used for a fence are uneven? They're all supposed to be the same height, but for some reason, they're uneven (ie. surface is uneven, the welder din't measure correctly,...
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Prevent Dirt Movement Down Slope Through Gap Under Fence

I have a fence that separates my land from my neighbors and I'd like to figure out how to prevent dirt from washing onto my land from the 2" gap under the fence. It's a painted wood fence with ...
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What kind of wooden fence is this and how do I go about staining it?

This fence was put up about a year ago. Ideally I would like to stain it but I wanted to get everyone's opinion first. First of all I have no idea what kind of wood this is and what I should do about ...
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painting fence during exceptionally rainy summer

I have powerwashed and scraped wooden fence on both sides. It is pretty bare. We have not had 3 days without rain since I did this. How dry does the fence have to be before I prime and paint it. ...
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fence post setting regular quickcrete vs.fast setting

hey so i've been building a couple fences lately and have been premixing with a concrete mixer i bought which was a couple hundred. my question is can you mix the standard quikrete that comes in an ...
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Aluminum vs galvanized vs stainless tubing for fence with railing?

I'm building a simple fence that's composed of 1" or 1.5" OD x 0.065" wall x 4-ft tube soldered to a stainless steel base that's bolted to concrete. This fence will have a wood rail at the top. ...
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How deep of a notch can I cut into fence post?

I have a 100 x 75mm fence post and want to cut a notch for a 70 x 45mm rail. If I cut the notch the full thickness of the rail it would only leave 30mm on the post. I'm assuming that's too much. Could ...
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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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Aluminum Fence posts set into concrete

I am putting up short sections of aluminum fencing inside my patio in the back and up one side, to deter people & pets from jumping off the patio at those points. A gazebo is going to be ...
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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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Should I grade my property or put dirt against chain link fence?

I recently installed a chain link fence. It's a long story why, but our neighbor's property is about 6" lower in elevation in some spots where the chain link fence is. We installed the chain link ...
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Possible to have wire mesh fencing plus a couple live wires for wild animals?

We bought a small former horse farm a few years a ago. We reinforced the old horse pasture with wire mesh fencing to keep our dogs in. Now we want to fence in a wooded part of our property for the ...
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Why is my electric fence killing birds?

I have an electric fence/wire around the top of my split-rail fence surrounding about 1 acre of land. I keep finding dead birds right next to/under the fence wire. Not just one or two, but actually ...
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How to notch out fence posts so rails are flush with post?

My posts are 100 x 75mm and my rails are 70 x 45mm. What would be the best way to notch out the posts so the rails are flush with the outer face of the posts? I can't notch out the posts the full ...
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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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How to fasten wet dog-ear pine pickets

I got some fence pickets for a small, outdoor project (a garden box, something like this). They are super wet (I literally get sprayed when cutting on a tablesaw!) and SUPER soft - with a little ...
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How do I attatch my fence gate hinges

I have these hinges And I want to attach it to my fence but it the holes will miss the cross board. The bolts they gave me aren't long enough to reach the post. Should I just get longer bolts and ...
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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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Tighten steel wire across several wood posts

I have several 4" x4" wood posts, with one single piece of steel wire going through each post. Something like this: Is there anything I can use to tighten and secure the wire in each post? The ...
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How do you attach this fence panel to a 4x4 post?

For less elaborated fence panels you use hangers to support the horizontal 2x4 boards but with this desing that is not possible. These are pre made panels Should I use this type of hangers at the ...
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Reproduce/build 4“x4” steel bases using brackets?

I was searching for bases that will be used to anchor 4-ft x 4"x4" posts to concrete, and I saw this 12-gauge base for $18. I was also looking at these bases, but they seem a little flimsy. I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to safely dig a 12 inch diameter hole with an 8 inch auger

I need to dig a 12 inch diameter hole for some 4x4 fence posts that I'm digging but I only have access to an 8-inch power auger. My experience drilling holes in wood tells me that if I try to drill a ...
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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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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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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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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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Bases for anchoring 2" tubes?

Is there a base, similar to this simpson 4" 12-gauge ez base, that can be used to anchor a 2" steel tube/pipe? It would be exactly the same thing, but instead of a 4" square, it would be a 2" round ...
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How can I fill in the gap between my chain-link fence and its gate

We have a couple of gates in our chain-link fence and bunnies and large rodents like to squeeze through them. I would like to fill the gap somehow so the gates are still usable and look halfway ...
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Reinforce aluminum pipe attached to wood posts in fence

I recently installed a fence where the posts are 4" x4" pressure-treated wood with an aluminum pipe rail, similar to this: fence and this, but without the wood rail: fence with wood rail I use a ...
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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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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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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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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 ...