Questions tagged [fence]

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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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How can I reliably 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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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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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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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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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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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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Filling post holes where fence was removed - suburban backyard environment

My next door neighbor had their fence replaced recently. The new fence is further from the property line than the old fence was, so I have either 5 or 6 holes where the old posts were located. I am ...
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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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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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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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How do I place a terminal fence post next to my house?

I'm about to begin setting all of my terminal posts for a chain link fence. However, upon digging the post hole for the terminal post that goes up against the house, I ran into a possible problem. ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Freestanding Fence Base Size

I'm trying to build a free-standing fence or barrier that will sit on top of concrete similar to this picture: The fence I want to build is a bit taller - 6-8ft. Two questions: How wide does the "...
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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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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

Our neighbors yard is elevated and they water their yard a lot. The water flows over into our vegetable garden and floods it. I would like to add a barrier. Some ideas have been slim pavers with a ...
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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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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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Fence post hole near utility lines, digging advice

I am looking for advice on how to go about digging fence post holes 42 inches down (to exceed 40 inch frost line) safely.and properly. I was told that I must manually dig the hole within 18 inches ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any advantages to using metal post spikes set in concrete when building a privacy fence?

My neighbor and I are considering alternatives to wood-in-concrete fence posts for a privacy fence that can have significant wind load in an area that gets up to -30 degree frosts in winter. The ...
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Contractor is installing a vinyl fence and posts but is not using any water with concrete. Is he doing it right?

I hired a reputable local company to install 6 foot vinyl fence around my yard. Salesman was telling me how they would be using cement to hold the post in place. To my surprise I see the workers use ...
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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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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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Fence posts through patio stones

Is it a bad idea to put a fence post "through" patio stones? We're building a patio and then enclosing 2 sides of it with a privacy wall. I want to make the patio larger than the enclosed area so ...
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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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