I am planning to install a fence that will attach to brickwork at one
end, but I am not sure what is the best way to attach it. The options I
1. Use a regular 4x4 fence post attached to the wall;
2. Use a skinnier piece of wood attached to the wall;
(And in the two cases above, which is the best way to attach the wood to
the brick wall? Adhesive or bolts/screws?)
3. Attach the recommended metal brackets directly to the brick wall --
presumably with bolts or screws.
Have I missed anything?
What are the pros and cons of each method?
Try a rephrase: "My neighbor has a side of his house that faces my
If you paid half of the cost of the fence, which you should have done, you
have an equal interest in the fence and can, I would think, paint it. Absent
any financial interest, best not.
If you have no intention to make use of the fence now or the future, then
guess it doesn't make sense for you to spend $$$ on it. However if down the
road you decide to build a fence in your back yard, you may want to attach
it to his fence that's already up?
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In some places, the rule is that if either neighbour wants a fence,
they can put one up on the property line and force the other neighbour
to pay for half the cost. The cost is based on a "basic" fence, ie the
cheapest chainlink that can be found, and the nicer side, if there is
one, must face the neighbour that didn't ask for it. Of course if the
two parties are on speaking terms they can come to whatever agreeement
That's the way it works around here. Someone posted a legal term to
this NG a while ago, something like "adverse benefit" or something. The
idea is that the law recogizes a fence as a benefit to you even if you
don't want it. Like airbags. Don't want them? Tough. Gotta have them,
gotta pay for them.
I guess an implicit corollary is that the neighbour is permitted to set
foot on the other property to put the fence up, too.
-> That's the way it works around here. Someone posted a legal term to-> this NG a while ago, something like "adverse benefit" or something. The-> idea is that the law recogizes a fence as a benefit to you even if you-> don't want it.
Actually, in some cases a fence can be a bad thing. A police officer told
my neighbor (when I lived in NC) that homes with privacy fences are more
often the targets of burglars than homes with no fences or only chain link
Cut through the BS. Go to the neighbor. TELL him what you would like to
do. ASK him if the fence is on HIS property, or if it is a property line
common fence. ASK him if he has any preferences (you are going to paint it
whatever color you want anyway), and IF he would like to share the cost or
Maybe it will be a win/win deal where he was wanting to paint it anyway, and
might spring for the paint/labor/both.
The direct approach should always be step one.
After that, you have to get devious ...................... ;-)
-> My neighbor has a fence and the back side faces my backyard.-> -> Can I paint it to match the color of my house, or do I need his -> permission first?-> -> Thanks.-> -> Corinne
I'd go ahead and paint it, but be absolutely sure that the paint
stays on your side. You don't want his side to have paint dripping
through the cracks. Frankly, I don't know how you could do it. Maybe
someone here has painted one side of a fence.
Another idea would be to clean it and protect it with something like
a deck/wood protector. That way it shouldn't look bad in a few years.
Very sound advice. But if you are going to be neighbors, it is a good idea
to go and talk to them about it. This is a way to get to know them before
buying. You will know in advance whether they are good/bad.
Just an observation, but what a statement of how sad things have become that
it was some time before anyone even SUGGESTED just asking the neighbour what
they thought, and instead brought up legal points etc........
Yanno, if everyone was on just a LITTLE bit better terms with their
neighbours, life would be easier. Where I live I know about 50% of the
people on my street, and they know me. It comes in handy because then
people keep an eye out for each other a little more. If you're new to the
neighbourhood, introduce yourself around and be friendly. You just might be
surprised at the reception you'd get.
I know, I know, I'm a dreamer........
There is no good way. Yes, you can use anchors, and drill into the mortar
or brick. BUT, brickwork is not known for its strength. Regular settling
of the soil is enough to cause brick walls to crack, break, and fall. Holes
where water can infiltrate and go through the freeze/thaw cycles are not a
good thing. Unless done exactly right, it is incredibly easy to split a
brick, or crack the mortar. And even if done right, there is a chance of
I would consider attaching it to the ground. Something like a square tube
metal post sunk in concrete.
Unless it don't matter, or you are going to sell soon.
On Thu, 22 Mar 2007 22:47:18 -0400, "Percival P. Cassidy"
I would try to attach it beyond the brick into wood or concrete with
If you can dig deep enough (1/3 length of the post), I would also
consider just using driveway chips (thin sliced stones) tamped around
On Thu, 22 Mar 2007 22:47:18 -0400, "Percival P. Cassidy"
My 42 inch picket fence, built by a major fence company around here,
Long Fence, with 3 locations in Baltimore and Washington, is not
attached to the wall at all. The first post is right next to the wall
and afaict inserted just the way the other posts are, and definitely
not connected to the house. FWIW It has 4" diameter round posts. It
hasn't moved in 28 years.
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