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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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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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 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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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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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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Pulling wire rope so it's tight? [duplicate]

I have 3/8" wire that needs to be tight (not sagging) between two wooden posts with screw eyes. I don't want to purchase turnbuckles if I don't have to. How can I pull them and then secure it with a ...
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Knots: tighten rope used for fence [duplicate]

I recently posted a similar question, but the design has changed, so here's the new question. I have two 4-ft x 4" x 4" wood posts, and each post has two screw eyes. There's 12 feet of distance ...
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How can I make steel post bases more rust-resistant?

I recently purchased several of these 4x4 bases for a rooftop very close to the ocean. They have not been installed yet. After about a month I notice that one of them has a little rust spot where the ...
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Name of accessory to hold rope together?

What's the name of this accessory that holds two pieces of rope together?
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Should I add a mound of concrete on top of existing concrete to direct water away from fence posts?

After living in this house 3 years, I realized that our wooden fence, built maybe 8ish years ago, wasn't done as I'd like. 1: The panels are installed too low, so the bottom of the boards are up to a ...
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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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Can I expect any problems (sagging?) if I build my fence with 6'x8' panels like this?

the horizontal boards will be 1x6x8 the posts will be 4x4x6 I am not sure if I should install the top boards or not Update: The top board is not a concern. Sagging for the horizontal boards is my ...
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Gravel under vinyl fence post in clay soil?

I'm putting up a 6ft vinyl privacy fence. The holes reach 42 inches (city mandates 36 inches). I was planning to put a couple inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole before filling with cement (per ...
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Manufacturer pairs 6 ft tall vinyl fence with 8 ft posts - should I find 9 ft posts?

My research has shown that fence posts should be dug to a depth of at least 1/3 of the height of the post—for a six foot fence, the post depth would be 3 feet. I purchased a 6 foot vinyl privacy ...
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Why does this paint (or stain, or whatever) not want to stick to my fence?

I've spent an hour or so painting this fence (more unpictured), but the paint I'm using seems to be really pathetic at actually colouring the fence. Is this even the right paint for the job? The ...