Questions tagged [fence]

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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 ...
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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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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 do I fix a sinkhole in my backyard?

I have a sinkhole in my backyard along the fence line which began expanding during the last few months. There's a slight depression in the ground about 6' in diameter centered around one of the fence ...
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How can I fix the issues I'm having with large double gates?

I have a privacy fence in my backyard that includes a large double gate. It was built maybe a year and half ago. The whole span is about a 11' 4" opening. The gates to meet in the middle with double ...
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Should I attach the fence post(s) where my fence meets my house? How do I do it?

I'm going to be building a 6 foot tall cedar privacy fence in the spring (with pressure-treated posts) and need to determine what to do with the two posts that meet the side of my house. In order to ...
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Should I set wood fence posts in quikrete with no supplemental water?

Setting wood fence post---I've heard to set wood fence posts using quikrete dry, allowing it get moisture from the ground. Is this a good idea?
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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 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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What are some of your previous owner nightmares you have inherited?

Things like picket fences that are screwed and to end and to trees with no posts. Or where there are posts they are sunk 4 inches into the ground with concrete around the top. Or plumbing done with ...
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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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What is this cement structure under ground?

I had a fence. It was destroyed in a hurricane. I thought I just would need to put new posts in an existing 2 feet hole. But the holes there were not 2 feet. So I started digging holes around where ...
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Why did a gate post rot after just 6 years?

My friend put a 4 inch treated wood gate post in the ground and we filled the hole with concrete. A neighbor built a fence around the same time, using similar-looking posts. Six years later, the ...
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Who do I contact to have the property line marked?

I'm looking to install a fence on the property line, and I was wondering who do I speak to about having it marked? Thanks!
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How deep should I sink a gatepost for a 7' wide gate in my fence?

I am a first time fence builder, which will be 6ft cedar. I need a gate that is 7 to 8 ft wide. I live in Oregon and the frost line is only a foot deep. I was planning on a 7ft gate with a 6x6 post. ...
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How much concrete for a fence post?

We're going to build up a 4' fence around our property sometime in here in the spring or summer with 4x4 posts. I've seen that you should bury 1/3 to 1/2 of the above ground post height; so this ...
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How do I work around a tree in my fence line?

I have a fence that was built about 4 years ago. There was a large oak tree that I wish to keep on the fence line. The fence was built around the tree; it not only removed the tree from my yard, but ...
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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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Can I install 6' 6x6 fence posts onto a cement driveway?

We would like to install a 6' privacy fence with 6x6 cedar posts, between our house and driveway, that would involve 3 posts on top of our cement driveway and 1 in the ground. My intention was to ...
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What's the best way to adjust a leaning gate post?

I recently built a large double wood gate using 6x6x8 posts. Each post was set with concrete in a 26" hole. After some settling, one of the posts is now leaning about 1/4 inch toward the middle. ...
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How long should I wait before painting new lumber?

I am building a fence. I just bought some treated 4x4s from the lumber yard and they are water logged from being out in the rain for an unknown amount of time. The weather has been cool and wet for ...
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How do I replace a wooden fence post that was set in concrete?

I need to replace a wooden fence post that was set into concrete. The post has snapped through rot at the base and the rot has set in so far that the post snapped about 2 inches beneath the surface. ...
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How do I drill into an existing galvanized fence post?

I have an existing metal fence post, set in concrete, in which I'd like to drill a new hole in that post. Normally, I would use a drill press to drill into a curved surface like this. Since the post ...
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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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Wood Fence Designs

I plan on building a wooden fence out of pressure treated lumber this spring. I like the idea of 4x4's as posts and 2x2's for spindles. My wife and I do not like privacy fences. The function of this ...
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What can I do to a chain link fence to make it dog proof?

I have a chain link fence which is pretty high but my neighbors' pit bull constantly climbs the fence to get over to my yard. I am scared of this dog and the Law Dog has been called numerous times ...
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Is a brad nail gun suitable for attaching pickets to a fence?

I have a large fencing project and I'm thinking about purchasing this nail gun: RIDGID 2-1/8 in. 18-Gauge Brad Nailer: Would this be suitable for attaching pickets to the rails, or is there a ...
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How can I build a wood fence to block sound?

I live on a busy street that is separated from a highway by a restaurant parking lot, and I would like to replace my wrought iron fence with a wooden fence for both privacy and to block sound. I am ...
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What water:cement:sand ratio gives the strongest mortar?

A typical mortar mix ratio is 1 cement : 3 sand. But what is the water ratio? Is it 0.5:1:3? Would a 0.5:1:2 ratio be a stronger mortar? Our next door neighbor has a dog that digs like a pro. The ...
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How can I best create a motorcycle tie-down point on or through my cedar fence?

I have this style of fence abutting my driveway (but this is not my fence): Currently, I don't have a good way to attach my motorcycle's inch-thick cable lock to it (or to anything), other than to ...
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Setting posts for a sturdy garden fence

So spring has arrived, and we have decided to build a 20' x 40' enclosed area in which to place a garden (we have many deer, rabbits and other garden veggie thieves in the area). The plan is to build ...
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Resetting fence posts in very wet conditions

This winter the Minnesota frost heaved up 5 fence posts in my yard. I've pulled out the 5 posts, and have found basically puddles of water and very very wet mud. I shop-vac'd out the standing ...
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Fixing broken fence posts with Simpson Strong-Tie E-Z Mender and concrete

With a recent wind storm, most of backyard fence fell over in the adjoining school yard. The fence posts were set in dirt I believe and snapped; we didn't build the fence... In the past, I have used ...
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How should I paint cedar and pressure-treated pine?

I recently built a fence from white cedar (pickets) and pressure-treated pine (posts and rails). I have been told that I need to wait before painting or staining the fence in order to give the cedar ...
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Use screw into steel tube without using nut?

I have a regular round 1 1/4" steel tube, and I want to put a screw in it. The tube only has one hole (where the screw goes) so I can't use a nut. What options do I have and can I find it at Home ...
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How do I clean cooking oil off a steel fence?

My next door neighbor decided to saturate panels of our steel fence with cooking oil to stop the rust (which was expected and is a desired patina). How can we get rid of the old oil smell and get ...
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How much will a board-on-board (shadow board) fence reduce the wind load?

I have had problems with a fence on one side of my garden because of wind in Montreal. The posts end up leaning away after a few years. Part of the problem might be how the posts were put in (perhaps ...
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Why do fence panels turn grey?

Looking from my upstairs window i can see almost my entire streets back gardens. Almost all of them have greyish wooden fencing panels, but i'm sure this asn' by choice. what caused this so i can ...
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When is the best time of year to install a fence?

Is there any right time to put the fence up in the backyard considering you have saved enough $$$s? Looking at the winter season we have and snow in coming months, is this the right time or should i ...
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What are the basic differences between a mesh and regular/iron pool fence?

I'm about to move into a house and need to fence the pool before I move the family in. In searching the web I find that pool fences seem to fall into two categories: mesh or iron. What are the ...
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Do I use dirt or gravel to fill around a cement form for a fence post?

Background: I know you're not supposed to dig a really wide hole for a fence post hole. But the previous owner of my home did not know that. He or she dug a really wide hole, filled it with a bunch of ...
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How do I remove a fence post from a Wedge Grip support?

I'm in the process of replacing my back fence. One of the existing posts was damaged (crushed) during a tree fall. After finally digging this out, I discovered one of these in it. What I can't ...
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How are rivnuts measured and what eyebolt fits?

At Amazon, I've seen RN14 1/4"-20 steel rivet nuts, RN516 5/16"-18 steel rivet nuts, RN1024 #10-24 steel rivet nuts, 1/4-20UNC, 3/8-16, M3, M5, etc. I also saw the following image explaining the ...
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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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How to secure opening to prevent access?

We have a 14" space between our garage and our neighbor's block wall. It leads to an alley in the back of our house. It's just wide enough for someone to fit through if they want to enter from the ...
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How do I dig out a hole for fence posts in a concrete patio?

I'm installing a short fence to run from the side of my house to the external garage. It will run along a seam where my asphalt driveway meets my concrete patio. I'm fairly certain that the footers ...
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In CLAY soil, looking for best method to set wood fence posts?

I am getting ready to install a wood fence. My problem is I have soil that is mostly clay. What is the best method to install posts in poor draining clay, giving me the best longevity?
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How can I estimate square footage of fencing for stain?

I have a fence that looks like the following: I plan on staining this fence with a paint sprayer and this stain product. The product notes that one gallon will cover Coverage Area (sq. ft.) 250 ft². ...
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How to reinforce and straighten a fence post

I have just put up a fence but one of the posts has warped quite a bit in just a couple of weeks. It is concreted into the ground and is straight up until half way up the post (about 3 foot) and then ...
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What structural elements need for gate in place of fence?

I am going to build a gate in place of this fence panel approximately (5' x 5') in size. Currently, there is 2x4 bolted to the house of the left side. The right side is nailed to the perpendicular ...