Questions tagged [fence]

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Rope as strong as 3/16" steel rope? [closed]

We'll be using this to cordon an area, and we were initially thinking of using 3/16"wire rope. It'll be tight enough so that it's straight, but that's pretty much it. But then we thought that rope ...
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Clips for holes where wire rope goes through?

For simplicity's sake, let's say I'm building a small square fence like the one below. It has four 2" pipes that are secured to the concrete. The wire rope will go through each tube, like in the ...
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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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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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How do I prevent my fence gate from binding against the post?

My gate was binding against the post along the top drip rail. I figured the gate was a little too wide at that spot so I trimmed it a little shorter. Shorty after the gate started binding at a ...
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Will a horizontal 2x4x16 sag with only compressive force on it?

In brief - I want to use a 2x4 to resist the tension put on trellis posts ~16ft apart, rather than the other two options. I'm building a grape trellis with upright 4x4s connected by high tensile wire....
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How can I make a metal privacy screen more private?

I had a metal gate put in on the side of my house. I put some metal privacy screen behind it but it doesn't seem to be too private. It just seems to add a little opacity but otherwise you can see ...
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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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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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What type of wood/stain is this?

I really like this wood privacy fence. Anybody know what kind of wood/stain they used to create this red and yellow effect? Thank you!
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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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Replacing Fencing with Gaps Because of Erosion

I will be replacing my 6ft fencing around the perimeter of my backyard, and there are several gaps where it appears the ground washed away portions to cause spacing between the ground and the bottom ...
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How should I repair a fence that's leaning due to soft soil?

Late during hurricane Harvey I noticed our side street fencing at our double gate had started leaning toward the street. My husband thinks we should drive a wedge on the outside of the post closest ...
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How do I put in a 10 ft metal pole for a metal driveay gate?

I have 2 metal poles 10 ft poles and a metal entrance gate that is 10 ft wide and 4 feet tall. I want to get it in the ground this weekend. I am going to rent a gas post hole digger. What kind of ...
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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 ...
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What is the formula for fence height and fence post length?

My neighbor has requested that we remove our current shared old/broken 6' cinder block wall and put up an 8' high horizontal slat wooden fence. The distance between the posts will be ~5.5'. My ...
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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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Is it common for fencing companies to drill into your home rather than use a post?

Just had the gate and fence, fence on one side, gate on the other side of my home. The fencing company choose to drill into my home rather that use post. I asked why they did that and they said ...
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Is galvanized steel totally incompatible with cedar, even when only touching on the surface?

I'm building a cedar picket fence attached to 2 3/8" chain link fence style galvanized steel posts using galvanized post brackets like these. I know that there are a lot of material incompatibility ...
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Maximize fence post distance for wooden fence?

We are putting a new wooden fence around our yard. We would like to run it quite close to an existing mature tree, but putting a post too close to the tree will seriously jeopardize its health. Our ...
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Should I use concrete for a 2" square metal fence post?

I recently moved into a new home in upstate New York which has a fence around the backyard. The fence is made out of some kind of metal and the fence posts are about 2" square. One of the fence posts ...
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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 can I use to increase the height of my fence?

A fire just burnt the back of my hedge fence so that now people in the street behind can see the inside of my garden (where my little girl plays) and even enter it. My landlord is about to install ...
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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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How to do a 45 degree corner on a privacy fence?

I'm building a privacy fence. How would a professional handle a 135 degree corner? The complication I think I'll have is attaching the stringers to the front facing side of the posts. On one side the ...
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How to add a barrier with access to roll in and out trash bins in my 'public' driveway?

I have a driveway that is in the back alley. All of our neighbors have access to the back alley. Also, all of my neighbors have basically built on their property so that they have used up their ...
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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 ...
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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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Cable fence vs deck rail

We are replacing the fence between our front yard and the street. I am leaning toward having a stainless cable fence, but I don't really see them in the neighborhood. Almost every search I do leads to ...
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What are the steps for pouring more cement around metal fence posts that are leaning?

When the wooden fence was built, they used metal posts but only filled the 2' hole with one bag of concrete. The posts are leaning at about a 25 degree angle. I want to dig out the hole again, then ...
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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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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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Cleaning and staining a fence with segments of different color and age

I have a fence that I share with my neighbors and I have a couple of questions related to how to properly clean and stain this fence. You can see it in the picture below. There is another segment ...
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How long can I leave a wood fence after pressure washing, before staining it?

If I were to pressure wash my fence in mid-spring, could I leave it and not stain it until fall? The reason I ask is I have the time to wash the fence and my house, but I probably couldn't stain it ...
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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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How should I level the concrete foundations for my fence's CMU block pillars?

I'm getting ready to build a fence, consisting of CMU pillars spaced every 10 feet, with wooden pickets or latillas between them. For the block pillar foundations, I plan to dig holes in the ground, ...
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Trenching up against fence posts

I am planting a small nut orchard. I have about 1500' of fence line enclosing a few acres. So far, I have placed all of the poles for the fencing. These are 12' 6 inch diameter treated wood posts,...
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Cedar fence posts - advantages over pressure treated?

Looking to have a 6' privacy fence built around my yard in central Ohio. Yard drains reasonably well but can get pretty mushy in spots, especially when we get a bunch of rain and the ground is still ...
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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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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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Filling a chain link fence end post with concrete

I have a 6 foot chain link fence. The end posts that come up to my house are set in concrete and do not move at the base but they still tend to wobble a bit near the top because of the height. I would ...
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How should I remove a wooden fence from a tree trunk?

I have a wooden fence that has been attached to a walnut tree trunk that was growing on the fence-line (wasn't my decision - was the builders). That stump is now rotten and we would like to get it ...
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Tamped Gravel on fence posts and Frost Line?

I am looking to install a fence as a DIY project. I live in the midwest where the frost line is recorded at 40 inches. I was going to dig my fence post holes 42 inches, and back-fill with tamped crush ...
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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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What type of 6ft fence should I get, that can take a lot of high winds?

We need to replace our chain link fence with a 6ft fence because 2 of our dogs can jump over it. We just don't know what type of fence can take a beating from the high winds we get due to the fact ...
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Smashed chain link fence?

People have been using my back yard as a walk way for sometime. I recently bought the house and my dog goes berserk every time they come through. The fence is smashed beyond anything I have seen on ...
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Does a 4 ft. chain link fence need concrete footings for the posts?

I am about to install a chain link fence between my deck and pool. My pool has a 4 inch slab of concrete and I have about 5" between the deck and the start of the concrete. The chain link fence will ...
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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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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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Do I need to sand my new fence before staining?

We are replacing our current fence with a cedar fence, and I wanted to know if I should sand the fence before staining it. The wood is from a cedar company and it is really rough. It's also easy to ...