I'm running a wood panel fence up to the corner of my house. Question: is
there any reason not to attach a fence post to the house itself? I've seen
people around here do it both ways - sink a post next to the house, and just
bolt the post to the house itself.
Potential termites, rot, resale value and wind damage to the house.
Dig the hole about a foot from the foundation and extend the stringer past
the post leaving at least a 1/2" gap between the fence and the house.
"Potential" being the key word here.
I attached a post (pressure-treated) to the outside of a client's house
(with lag bolts). The wall was stucco, so there's minimal chance of rot
spreading via the post to their house. Wind damage is not an issue here.
Resale value? Presumably the gates and fences I added increase the
Found--the gene that causes belief in genetic determinism
Not a factor for termites, but if you live in frost country, still a bad
idea. That fence can move around, more than the house. If the last panel
with the faux post screwed to the house lifts up on the outside end,
lever action will loosen the screws, and with a typical brick veneer
wall, can easily pop the brick loose. (of course they drilled into the
mortar joint to place the anchors- those bricks are hard...) You scoff-
I have seen it.
Like somebody else said- hold the post back six inches or a foot, and
hang a little stub or trim panel over the opening.
You'd answer your own question when you went to dig for the post. At a lot
of house corners, the foundation under the soil has overflow or
irregularities that prohibit one from digging a pole hole right next to a
corner. You could either hook on to the house, or dig the hole a couple of
feet out, and make a wing to cover the two feet. I'd do the wing thing, as
drilling way into the house to get deep enough to hit a corner post would
have to penetrate stucco, siding, or whatever the house is made of, making
an infiltration route for water and insects.
YMM(and probably does)V
I actually thought of putting a post 4' from the house and hanging a gate on
that, and putting the gate latch on the house. That takes care of the
problem of putting a post near or on the house, and leaves a 4 foot
clearance when the gate is open. Wife won't like it - her flower garden
sticks out two feet, so we are in negotiation about this...
Thanks everyone for your comments. So the general consensus is not to do it,
for various reasons. I know it's done a lot, but I'm favoring the
post-next-to-the-house approach also, as most of you recommended.
I talked to the city - permits are not required if the fence is less then 6'
(what if it is exactly 6'? OK, mine is officially 5' 11.99") and it doesn't
violate zoning - I checked that already. The girl in the permit office told
me her fence has a post bolted directly to the house lol. The old fence I'm
moving does that to, and I don't like it - hence the question here and my
desire to put a post next to the house.
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