FencingI require any and all information, tips, thoughts, ideas, etc. with regards to building a fence. My driveway runs beside my house and extends approximately 6ft. past the rear of my house. I currently have a 4ft. chain link fence with a man gate and a section that lifts out so that I can access the back yard with a vehicle. I have just purchased a spa tub and wish to construct a 6ft privacy fence including the man gate and vehicle access portion as mentioned above. I would greatly appreciate your help. I recently fenced in my back yard with 6' privacy fence. I used the pressure treated fencing that comes in 8' sections, available at Home Depot, Lowe's and some lumber yards. It's a pretty easy project, but it does, at times, require more than one set of hands. I used the panels in a stair stepped pattern since my yard slopes. To keep the dog in, I dug a 16" trench along the base of the fence and buried fence wire, fastening the fence wire to the outside of the fence with poultry staples.
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The most important tool you have to make the fence look decent is a level. Use the basic bar level, or whatever it's called, and use the kind that can be fastened to your posts with a rubber band. To line up the post hole, I used a string stretched from one end of the side to the other.
When you are setting your posts, be sure to fill the first few inches of your post holes with gravel to promote drainage. Wait 'till they are good and dry before trying to nail panels to them.
Be sure to use galvanized nails, I made the mistake of using coated sinkers, which have already started to rust.
Replacing wood posts for a fence
I have a 18-year-old fence that has rotten posts in the ground. I would like to put new posts up but do not want them in the ground. Is there any way to do this and still have a strong fence?
I think they are called metaposts or something like that. You can purchase at Home Depot. They are large spikes that are made of metal that you hammer into the ground. Then your 4x4 posts screw into these creating a slightly raised base so the posts do not rot as fast.
Using the proper wood will also help either pressure-treated or better is cedar or redwood.
Also, you can pore cement into the holes you have or dig new holes...set in some carport posts and again you screw you wood posts into these.
A least two other options for you. Also, NO there is no other way to do this for a strong fence without putting something into the ground. The metaposts or the blocks are the only way.
There is no way to have a solid fence (that lasts) without sinking posts. Having done several fences I've found the best approach is to rent a posthole auger (you'll need help to run it), use cement to set your posts and allow them to set properly before completing the rest of the fence. This approach will last years!
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