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Forum topic by workingman posted 08-11-2009 08:21 PM 1484 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2009 08:21 PM

had a question about building my own fence vs. going through a company?

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#1 posted 08-11-2009 08:58 PM

what is the question?

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#2 posted 08-11-2009 09:16 PM

If it is wood and you can work with string lines for keeping things lined up I would do it myself. If it is chain link let the professionals do it.

I don’t see where you live and that can make a difference in how you set the post in the ground. Some places they rot or termites get them. I like to use steel bars in cement bolted to the sides of the posts with a small gap between the bottom of the post and the cement (or a piece of tar paper) under them to keep moisture from wicking up from the concrete. They will last a lot longer than putting the wood in the ground or even in cement. If the wood is still green (wet) when you pick it up let it dry for a week or two so the boards won’t develop big gaps between them as they dry. If the wood will be left natural I would put a sealer on it after about a month; thinned linseed oil or a commercial fence sealer. Behr makes a good one in either clear of with stain or opaque color.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 08-12-2009 08:06 PM

Privacy fence, router table fence, bandsaw fence, or what?


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