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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How can I build a fence with posts that rest on concrete?

We have a townhouse complex that is on the second floor. The building is a "U" shape. There is a central courtyard in the middle of the U that has some private use space for each homeowner, which we ...
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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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Will my horizontal fence sag with 10 foot boards?

I'm building a fence with horizontal slats made from cedar with pine posts. The posts have dados cut into them and I'm planning to slide the slats down the dado and affix them to the post using a ...
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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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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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Will 2x8 spruce/pine/fir fencing rails last as long as 2x6 redwood in a hot sunny dry climate?

Can I expect unpainted, unstained 2x8 or even 2x10 spruce/fir/pine lumber used as fencing rails to stand up as long as 2x6 redwood in a climate (northern New Mexico) with the following characteristics?...
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What is the maximum eves height allowed on a log cabin when you have dug down?

We have built a log cabin in our garden, believing it to be "permitted development", and therefore not need planning permission. We have two things that we are not sure about though and are a little ...
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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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Is there any way to build a fence without putting posts in the ground?

I want to build a nice looking wooden fence around my property. However part of it has dirt, part of it has concrete. Also, there are already block walls between my two neighbors. I don't want to ...
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Small pergola — 4x4 posts okay? 8“ or 12” footings? etc

We are planning a small narrow "pergola". Actually it is a weird combination structure. My husband wants a pull-up bar, I want it to be a landscape feature that looks nice, and it will be alongside/...
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What's the best way to ensure a wood fence is straight when the post stirrups are not level?

I am building a hardwood fence with 100mm posts. A contractor set 90mm post stirrups (don't ask) in concrete on the fence line as part of a spoon drain. The stirrups were level when placed, but have ...
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One plank of my PVC privacy fence came loose at the top.

How can I get one plank of a PVC privacy fence back in place? I'm not sure how it come out. The rest of the fence is intact. I can't bend it back into place. I'm thinking heat would help but I'm ...
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I can only dig 25” deep for a vinyl fence post . Is that enough with concrete? The fence is 6”

Can I get by with a 25” deep fence post for vinyl fence post ? It’s for a 6’ vinyl fence
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Gap in gate post 4x4

I put up a fence with swinging out gate on downhill driveway. I have a gap between the gate and 4x4. How do i fix gap? I tried cutting 2x4 in a traced pattern of gap.
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What length and gauge screw to attach a 2x4 fence rail to a 4x4 post (face screwed)?

I'm constructing a picket fence and need to attach the 2x4 rails to the 4x4 posts. I've seen some conflicting information of what length and gauge. I'm leaning towards 3" #9 screws. This will ...
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Post hole drainage in sandy Florida soil, is gravel necessary?

I am installing 6’vinyl privacy fence in FLORIDA. I would like to think the sandy soil would drain well enough. The labor and cost of digging deeper holes and buying and delivering gravel doesn’t ...
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Installing privacy fence - hung panel 45 degree corner

I am planning a hung panel fence. My intent was to rip a 4x4 at a 45 and mate it to the interior face of each end post. This corner is to allow for easement clearance for an electrical pole that sits ...
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Incense cedar vs. western red cedar for fence pickets

I'm building a fence with cedar pickets, and I can get pickets made from two cedar species: incense cedar and western red cedar. What I've read seems to suggest that western red cedar is more ...
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Florida Building codes concerning T-Post Fences

I've got a vacant lot in Lake Placid Florida ( Highland county ) just north of lake Okeechobee. The lot is not on a paved street and is a good mile from a paved street and houses. It gets no mail or ...
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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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How to extend a capped wooden fence?

How do you extend a capped wooden fence? Uncapped wooden fence can use something like this, but capped fence won't fit. I thought about screwing a vertical post to the existing fence, and install ...
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Should I wedge a twisted fence post to reduce stress on the rail?

I noticed in high winds that a rail had come loose from a post on my 6ft picket ("green treated" wooden) fence. As a temporary fix, I clamped the rail in place, and noticed that the post face was no ...
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Wooden gate drags when opening

The door has been sanded and works for the summer season. When it rains the wood swells and the door drags. Does the door need to be rehung?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to install a vinyl fence gate on a pool deck?

I am trying to install a vinyl fence between a deck and the pool in a backyard. The homeowner wants the fence (Wam Bam Vinyl Fence system) to run the width of the backyard until it gets to the deck ...
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Settings fence posts above bottom of hole?

When setting post in hole, should you put it a small brick or mixed concrete in the botoom before setting post?
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8-10" Retaining wall on bottom of fence

I'm looking to replace a shared fence with a neighbor and his ground level is around 6-8" higher than ours. A section of the current fence has a retaining wall (or I guess also called a kick board) at ...
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Which wood is better for fencing STK Cedar or Knotty Eastern White Cedar

The below prices are in CAD Home Depot has both varieties Porcupine 1x6x8' STK Cedar S4S Fence =$9.42 Irving 1x6x8 Knotty Eastern White Cedar =$10.20 The Lowes version of the same board Top ...
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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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How to remove privacy slats from chain link fence

I need to remove privacy slats from a chain link fence. They're thick, about 3/16", and they've been installed vertically through a five foot tall fence. We've tried to push them through with no ...
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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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Fire retardant spray on cedar fence

I have a cedar fence stained with ready seal, an oil based stain. The end posts go pretty close to the house as expected. I am putting a shed up, to store flamables and such, and I have an ...
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Where can I find fence panels with 4" pickets?

We had some work done on a tricky part of our fence last year. We hired a professional to install the corner and the gate with the plan of extending the rest of the fence as we could afford it. He ...
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Rails for fence?

We're working on installing a fence in our roof. I want it to have a minimalist look (something like this without the top rail), so that it doesn't interfere with the view. We've already installed ...
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How to reinforce a chainlink fence

I cut down some trees to clear a path in my yard for a new privacy fence but the existing chainlink fence I share with my neighbor is now tipping over. How do I reinforce the chainlink fence without ...
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What are the pros/cons to installing fence posts using expanding foam instead of concrete?

I just found a product that basically takes the place of pouring concrete to secure fence posts. This is the first time that I'm hearing of this product. I know from their website that one of the ...
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Splicing Vinyl Fence Posts Together

I want to heighten my existing 4 ft vinyl fence to 6 ft. I figured every thing out except how to splice an additional 2 ft of post on top of the existing ones. An internal vinyl coupler set with vinyl ...
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Ways to build a gate that butts up against neighbors property/house

Here's a picture of the my driveway. I live in the house on the right. The left side is my neighbors house. I want to build a gate where I've outlined the picture in red. (Note: my neighbor has a ...
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Faking fence post corner

I have an issue with a street light wire weaving in and out of my property line. I was able to dig one hole about as safely as I could near the front of the house. I need to bring it up a little ...
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Fence question: bury PT posts in tamped earth, or use HDG anchor? Corrosion/rot

I know this questions can't be answered, since it depends on so many factors, but let's call this an opinion survey. Fence will be 5' high, with a 2x4 pressure-treated pine (PTP) wood frame and horse-...
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Easiest effective way to use reed fence

I bought 2 of these from home depot (except they are like 16' wide instead of 25' and incidentally only $24): I am doing a "pallet project" wherein I've built a "tiki hut" bar out of old pallets, ...
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What type of hardware do I need for a heavy fence gate?

I am fencing in my back yard ('dog-ear' wooden picket fence) and am planning to make a large gate, say 10 ft wide, so that vehicles will be able to access the back yard if need be. Specifically the ...
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How should I attach a wooden frame to legs?

Amazingly simple question that I can't seem to use google to find me the correct answer. I need to build a rectangular frame built from fence posts that is also supported by 3x3 6ft fence posts. I ...
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Should I Let my PT Fence Dry Before Installing

I'm installing 300+ LF of fence in the next month or so and am getting ready to start ordering my materials. My main question is should I dry out my PT lumber before installing, posts rails and ...