Questions tagged [fence]

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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 ...
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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 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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Can I set a 2 3/8 metal post into a 4x4 hole?

I removed a rotten 4x4 post that was used for a fence. The concrete hole seems sound. I was thinking of putting a 2 3/8 metal pole in this 4x4 hole and then filling with concrete. I am not sure ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Fast Setting Concrete vs Regular?

Other than the ~1 hour set time of the fast setting stuff, are there any other pros or cons to it? We're looking at putting in about 45 fence posts or so and I'm running costs. The regular 50lb ...
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How to clean a light tan vinyl fence?

I had my back vinyl fence moved back a couple feet and some of the boards that were originally facing the back are now facing forward, so now there is this appearance that some boards are darker (...
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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 cut a beveled fence post cap on already installed fence posts?

How can I cut already installed 4x4 cedar fence posts to match the beveled post caps on my other posts? I'm very aware that doing this the right way would be to do it before installation! Too late ...
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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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Can I build a retaining wall along an existing fence?

Our yard has a small slope to it, and we wanted to make it level. (Mainly so we can put a swing set in for our kids.) I was thinking I could build a small retaining wall and just fill it in, but would ...
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Depth of 4X4 Fence Post?

I would like to repair a Florida wooden fence similar to: Is there a rule of thumb (ratio) for the amount of post exposed to the amount buried underground? Home Depot has the option for 8,10 & ...
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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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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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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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How should I support a large gate in a vinyl fence?

I'm adding a new gate in my vinyl fence; a full width (6') gate. I'm concerned about support. The fence posts are decently moored, but there is still some wiggle. Would it be better to dig out and ...
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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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Do fence pickets need to be totally dry before installing?

I want to purchase all the wood for my 6' privacy fence project but it will take me longer than a day to install. Also I'll be leaving all of the wood in my backyard which means it will probably get ...
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Which wood fence boards will last longer, pressure-treated-lumber or non-treated lumber that has a treatment applied after the fence is built?

I just heard of the capability to build a fence with untreated lumber and to apply a disodium octaborate tetrahydrate solution after installation. The alternatives I have been considering are AWPA ...
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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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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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Driving 4x6 into marsh by hand

I'm building a marsh boardwalk behind my house. The marsh varies from muddy to perhaps 2 feet of water. I've trying to sink 4x6 posts for the main supports, but it's proving to be very difficult with ...
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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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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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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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Cut 2“ square cube from top of wood post for 2”x2" wood rail?

I would like attach a 2"x2" wood rail so that it's flush inside of the 4"x4" wood post, like in the drawing I've included. My question is: how would I be able to cut out the 2" cube in the 4" wood ...
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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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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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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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Cement Recommendations for Fence Posts

I am planning to event a fence this summer and, given the size of ~ 250 linear feet, am looking for the cheapest option for cementing the poles. I am considering the use of metal Postmaster (...
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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 ...
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What size fasteners should I use to mount fence bases to concrete?

We're anchoring several 4" x6" x 1/4" steel plates to concrete. They will be used for a fence. These bases need to be solid, but it's simply to separate one area from another (people won't be near it)....
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How to repair this hefty wooden fence gate?

Our place has a large wooden fence and gate. There's a gate for people, and then the fence itself can actually be opened by pulling up a latch from the ground. The gate for people ("door"?) has become ...
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Can stranded wire handle the same high voltage as solid core?

Two 10 AWG wires for an electric fence were cut by the lawn mowers. I read that electric fences have very low amperage. So a 30 A rating is well above the call of duty: 10-2 type UF-B cable with ...
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Gravel and Cement Use for Chain Link Fence

I've seen different recommendations online so I'm looking for some clarification. I'm building a 4' tall chain link fence. 1) Do the terminal and line posts need 4" of base gravel in the post holes? ...
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How do I temporarily remove section of vinyl fence?

I am repairing a shed that's next to a vinyl fence. I would like to temporarily remove a section of the vinyl fence, but I can't find a good way to remove it. Here's the picture of the fence, and a ...

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