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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?

If you are worried about access around your pool you should be extending your fence as necessary (beginning at right angles to the end showing in the picture) so that it encloses the area of concern. ...
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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?

Plant a bush in the corner. Something with needles or thorns should keep dogs and children out.
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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?

If you decide to go the full malicious compliance route: You can begin to call bylaw on him - to the best of my knowledge, there are usually local ordinances about keeping one's lawn maintained. ...
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Filling post holes where fence was removed - suburban backyard environment

Why use any gravel? Fill entirely with soil.
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What's this plastic thing along my sidewalk pavers?

That is called Paver Edging. It is used to keep the pavers tight or to separate one section from the other. It's usually covered to the point that you only see a small strip of it. However, it looks ...
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What is this cement structure under ground?

It looks like a standard 4×4 post with concrete poured around it. The square in the middle should have some wood left to be sure. The hole may go 36-48" down depending on local code even deeper. I ...
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Can I have utility location done well in advance of a fence project?

Utilities, as a rule, are delighted to come out any time and mark locations. They would much rather avoid a problem instead of having to deal with an outage. If they need to come out again, e.g. ...
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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?

It is your pool. It is your job to guard it. I imagine your state law or city ordinance is clear on that point. You are missing an important point here. You are trying to use your neighbor's ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

You need to be careful how much you impede the natural flow of water off your neighbor's yard. If your property is downhill of your neighbor's, the water flows naturally from his property to yours. ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

So put a drain channel along the edge of the fence - even a trench filled with gravel can help. Then create some raised beds where you can control the water ie humidity and it can help with pests as ...
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How can I fix the issues I'm having with large double gates?

The first thing I would do is cross-brace the gate. You need to do something like this: If you Google search for "wood gate diagonal bracing" you'll get lot's of images showing the proper way to do ...
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Patio gate not at right angle to the house

you should angle the post that's by the house. It will increase the functionality of the gate hardware. If you're worried about looks, you can always take a piece of fence plank and install it from ...
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Contractor is installing a vinyl fence and posts but is not using any water with concrete. Is he doing it right?

I put some posts into concrete - made a dry mix and tamped it down. Next day it was just about done - the mix absorbed moisture from the surrounding soil and was fine. If you need a really smooth ...
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Can I have utility location done well in advance of a fence project?

This is a normal thing to do. In my state, for example, the utilities must have been located within a certain number of days of digging. They are also happy to mark utilities for just project planning,...
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Who do I contact to have the property line marked?

The official answer is find a local land surveyor and hire them to do a property survey. However, you can do a bit of research on your own, and may be able to figure out where the property lines are ...
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How can I fix the issues I'm having with large double gates?

Gates that wide are going to need extra support, otherwise they'll surely sag (as you've found out). An easy solution might be to put wheels on the gates, so that the wheels support the weight of ...
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Should I set wood fence posts in quikrete with no supplemental water?

No. Unless you live in a swamp, there won't be enough moisture, and even if you do it won't be mixed with the cement properly. The concrete will be dry, crumbly, and have no strength. Just mix it like ...
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Use screw into steel tube without using nut?

Your best bet would be the correctly sized metal screw. Not a bolt, but a screw. Some of them are self drilling/tapping (these are commonly referred to as simply "self-tapping" in the US). They will ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

A small trench may not help, but most certainly a full-on dry well with some French Drain buried along the property boundary will do the trick. That's a lot of work, but it is the solution. Keep in ...
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Dealing with remnants of old fence post

Lazy and smart often go hand-in-hand. Dig around the old concrete to free it. Now dig a hole next to it. Tip the concrete into the new hole. Bury it and chive on.
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Contractor is installing a vinyl fence and posts but is not using any water with concrete. Is he doing it right?

Unless you are in a extremely dry area this is fine. The concrete mix will absorb moisture from air and surrounding soil and will slowly set. Usually a couple of days is all it takes. Some rain or a ...
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Should I set wood fence posts in quikrete with no supplemental water?

Many vendors do recommend pouring the concrete in dry, but then they advise to pour a specific amount of water on top to immediately set, not to allow rain and ground moisture to cure the concrete. ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

A quick and easy solution would be to get a 2" x 12" x 10' P.T.board and bury it a few inches into the ground along the fence and screw it into the bottom of the fence. You could extend it as far as ...
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Contractor is installing a vinyl fence and posts but is not using any water with concrete. Is he doing it right?

This is a common technique for setting posts in the ground. Here is a video from Quickcrete that explains how to do it: Quickcrete Dry Mix Post Setting
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Best way to source concrete for a long fence project

Delivery of ready-mix in a truck This gets you a whole lot of mud fast. There are a couple of problems: First, the "short" (small) load fee may raise its cost by 50% compared to the per-yard ...
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Should I set wood fence posts in quikrete with no supplemental water?

Personally I don't like concreting in wooden posts, because eventually they will rot and have to be replaced. Getting the old concrete out is then difficult. Ideally, concrete in a short concrete ...
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Patio gate not at right angle to the house

I had a similar issue but a small angle so it wasn't worth bothering to fix it. I think you definitely have to go with the second orientation. (square up the gate opening) Are you using 4x4 or 6x6 ...
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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?

If I understand your question correctly, the situation is like this: All you have to do is close the gap by nailing a plank onto your fance outside your properties like this: This extra barrier ...
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Can I have utility location done well in advance of a fence project?

Once you know where the utilities are located then you know where the utilities are located. After they mark the ground with paint you can put a stake or a flag there so that if the marking paint ...
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I have painted posts and unpainted horizontal rails on my fence. Can I stain the rails after I install them or will the stain harm the painted posts?

It will be a pain to mask off the posts so the sealer does not affect them. But more than that, if you pre-seal/stain, you can dip the ends of the boards, (and then brush what's on the faces and edges ...
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