Questions tagged [fence]

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How do you attach a wooden gate to fence with metal posts?

I'm building a wood fence with metal posts. I'm using those clips that let you attach 2x4s horizontally to the metal posts. And then the boards go on top of that. My question is how do you attach a ...
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What size hole do I need for cementing in 2.4m 120mm pine fence posts into clay soil?

I'm putting up a new fence (first time doing this), I'm using treated pine posts, 2.4m by 120mm diameter. I want to cement them in, the soil is heavy clay, very little top soil. How deep/wide a hole ...
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Should we sand a fence to restain it with a solid stain?

We have a fence made of pressure treated lumber and stained with a solid stain. If we want to restain it with the same stain just to freshen it, should we sand it? Or power wash it? or both? - the ...
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How do I remove these fence post spikes?

I want to buy these: To replace my existing ones: I want to remove the old ones. What is the easiest way to pull them out?
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How to cut a 4x4 fence post lengthwise and at an angle?

I need to make lengthwise cuts down the entire length of an 8 foot long 4"x4" fence post like so: In that diagram the blue lines represent the cuts I need to make, and the purple areas are the areas ...
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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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Horizontal fence support [duplicate]

I am building a 6 f fence with horizonal planks. The posts are 8 -10 feet apart (and pressure-treated) and I'll be using redwood planks. Do I need to include any extra support to prevent sagging or ...
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Freestanding Fence Base Size

I'm trying to build a free-standing fence or barrier that will sit on top of concrete similar to this picture: The fence I want to build is a bit taller - 6-8ft. Two questions: How wide does the "...
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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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Best way to protect a new fence from weather before it can be stained

I just installed a new fence and now it's supposed to rain every day for 10 straight days. Woohoo!! The stain guys can't come out for 5 weeks. And the fence is not supposed to be stained for at ...
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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 to fix damage to my fence door's latch?

I have a wooden fence door with a metal latch. As shown in the below picture, something happened recently that caused the metal latch piece (and some of the attached wood) to separate from the fence ...
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Will this concrete fence base heave/break during winter cycle?

I live in Ontario, Canada, and the requirement for posts/bases is 4-feet deep in the ground, taking the frost line into consideration. Now I saw this in Google images. I was just wondering if I can ...
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How to set metal fence posts?

I am getting ready to build a 6' tall 80' long wooden fence, but instead of 4x4 wooden posts I am going to use metal fence posts. The fence will have 1 walk through gate and a larger gate that can be ...
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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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Will this 10-foot wide gate design be rigid enough?

We've been working at putting a fence around our property and are almost finished. The last part that we have to do is we're adding gates to the end of our driveway. The fence that we put up is a ...
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How to hang electric fence from posts?

I need to make some posts for a small electric fence (designed for small animals / gardens) in my backyard. This just encloses my vegetable garden to keep out rabbits. My wire is aluminum. I want to ...
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What size posts do I need to use to build a wooden driveway gate?

I have just built a 6 foot fence all the way around my property. To finish it offI need to build a driveway gate. The gate will be 15 feet wide and have two swing gate sections. I have used 4x4x8 foot ...
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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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Can I use metal brackets to install a wood fence across an existing concrete driveway?

We want to install a wood fence on top of a 4", 3000 psi wire meshed concrete driveway. I want to hold the 4" posts up using base plates that are made of approximately 1/4" or thicker steel. The ...
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Should a post in a circular concrete form go through the bottom?

I am replacing a fence post that was in a circular 2-ft form. The old one had rotted where the concrete and post meet at the top - the next one will have the concrete above water level! But - I ...
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Which fence wood and paint/stain is this?

I was looking at this example https://anchorfence.wordpress.com/2014/04/ Can cedar be prepared to look like it? Is it paint or stain? Because it looks so shiny and smooth.
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Which wood dimension to run on top of fence?

For the below picture, is it a 2x4 or 1x2 on top? Also how does it attach to the pickets? Is it nailed/screwed to the posts? I can't really tell.
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Can I use a different size post for gate than the fence?

If I'm using a 6x6 post to attached a heavy garden gate can I use 4x4 post for the rest of fence?
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Installing a horizontal fence over the existing vertical fence

I am interested in sprucing up my backyard fence without completely putting in a new fence. I would like to use horizontal wood planks and attach them to my existing vertical fencing? Is this ...
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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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Fence gates with two holes for lock and handle

I have a wooden gate and an iron gate, both have holes similar to how entry doors have for a door knob/lever and dead bolt. I'm not sure what kind of lock sets I need to install. I thought about the ...
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How was this deck/fence panel built?

If you zoom in you can see that the posts have has a groove to slide in the boards but I wonder if they guy used spaces or screws to position the horizontal boards How do you make posts like this? A ...
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I installed my cedar fence 2 months ago. Can I stain it next year?

This is a knotty cedar board fence. I did not have enough time to stain it this year. On top of that I plan to redo my deck next year in April-May. I would like to give the same stain. Is it too ...
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What's the best way to remove a wrought iron fence?

I have a simple wrought iron fence that I would like to remove. It has posts in concrete with the panels welded to them. I was just going to cut the horizontal bars from the posts and then pull out ...
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Can I pour concrete next to my foundation?

I'm planning to install a 4x4 fence into the ground by digging up a hole, adding some gravel, then pouring concrete in. Is it a problem if the concrete touches the foundation of the house? I've added ...
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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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Will this fence provide good wind resistance? (And is it a correctly built shiplap fence?)

This fence was built with angled boards. The guy who did it said that would help with wind resistance. The fence is about 90 feet long, and the part of it down the fence line gets hit pretty hard when ...
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How to protect soil up against new wood fence base

Landscaping the back yard in our new house, the landscaper brought up the dirt level. But now the dirt level is so high soil is up against our fence covering 6-8" of it vertically all around the yard....
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Can I use a jigsaw to cut fence rails?

I'm looking for a saw to complete my fencing project. I was using a circular saw to cut the fence rails but it went for a walk, if you know what I mean. I'm now wondering if a jigsaw would be a ...
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Installing a strong-tie post anchor on unlevel concrete

I'm building a short (3.5 ft) fence in my front yard. I have most of the posts sunk in dirt holes, but two of them will need to be mounted on a concrete slab. The problem is that the slab has a ...
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Mount wooden post onto uneven concrete [duplicate]

Hi I'm wanting to mount a 112x112x3000 post onto a concrete slab. I have purchased L shaped brackets to do the job. Because the post will sit at the edge of the concrete I can install at most three ...
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Fill gap on slope with horizontal fence

I have built a horizontal fence on a slope. There is a 6" or so gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground on the downhill side. What easy solutions are there for this problem? I have ...
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Are there any advantages to using metal post spikes set in concrete when building a privacy fence?

My neighbor and I are considering alternatives to wood-in-concrete fence posts for a privacy fence that can have significant wind load in an area that gets up to -30 degree frosts in winter. The ...
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How deep in ground should I install 4x4 PT fence posts?

I'm installing some 4x4 Pressure Treated 8' Tall Fence Posts for a chicken run. I want to have at least 7' tall fence, and am wondering if the 1' sunken depth is adequate. I have read conflicting ...
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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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Need suggestions for a removable or mobile fence for a parking spot next to the garage

Below is the layout of the space that I want to close with a fence. What is not shown in the picture is a large driveway that goes from the street to both the garage and the parking spot that I want ...
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Christmas Lights on Vinyl fences

My question is... How do I install Christmas lights (C7 or C9) in a nice uniform row atop all of my vinyl fence ? I don't want to glue, screw or tape them on.
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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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Didn't stain my new fence this summer: do it while its cold or wait until next year?

I have a new fence built from pressure-treated wood. We did not get around to staining it this fall and the temperatures are now in the 40s. Is it better just to wait until next year or should I ...
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Will wooden fencing “age” inside a dark (but ventilated) garage?

Upstate New Yorker here (in case weather/geography matter). This summer my big project was to put a (spruce) fence around our whole back yard. I got about 75% of the way and have to call it quits for ...
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has anyone tried wambam no dig fence

I need to replace 3 fence panels and posts and i can't find any contractor, i am guessing because it is a small job. The only contractor i was able to find wants $1500 without staning or hauling away ...
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I need to join my fence with my neighbor's; Can't use his post..how do I dig the hole for mine close to his?

As shown in the picture my neighbor's fence is already in place (the vertical fence) Mine will be horizontal and I need to set the post as close as possible to his. My post will support a gate (72" ...
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Horizontal Fence on a slope; what's the best design?

I am replacing my neighbors low, 4' tall fence on the side of my yard with a new wooden fence. I like horizontal fences. I am going to put the horizontal fence boards between the posts. The span ...
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Can I run a radio dog fence loop through EMT to reduce the signal?

I have an areas through which the dog wire must pass and which I need to allow the dogs to have unimpeded access, due to the structure of a dock and bulkhead in this area the wire will pass above ...