I'm having a cedar 6' fence installed by a local, reputable company,
and I have a question. The posts have been installed, and the workers
did a wonderful job, especially with the concrete - crowned nicely,
etc. They placed the posts exactly where we had agreed upon.
The quibble I have is one post is about 1.5 inches off plumb toward
the neighbor post (not in and out as you face the fence, but side to
side). It looks like one just got away from them. My question is -
what is the acceptable tolerance level of post variances? Is this
within the bounds of normal? Should it be redone?
On Aug 28, 6:41 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Vertical tolerance for a block wall is about 1/2" or so over the
height.....slightly less than .5 deg
I'd think something similar should apply to fences
An inch & a half is a little much....... about 3x too much.
If I was doing the work & I noticed it or had it pointed out to
me...I'd replace the post.
Talk to the foreman, GC or owner...who ever is your contact or the guy
They can pull it & replace with quick dry setting mix to avoid a
Can you live with it or is it going to bother you? The fact that the
rest are good proves they can do it easily....they just missed one.
If I understood your post, it appears to be out of plumb in the direction
the fence boards will follow. IE: left or right as you face the fence.
Now I have to ask if you placed a level on it to find out for sure which is
wrong. Yours or the neighbors.
Then I would tell you it is no big deal. Any fence builder who deserves to
be called one will fill the gap nicely and you will never notice the post
after the stringers and the boards go up.
I would tend to agree with Colby. Besides, even the best post, over time,
can twist or warp a bit. It's the nature of wood. What appears to be
perfect today may not be in a year or five.
I do have a personal question, as we are planning to have a 6' cedar fence
installed around our back yard, but haven't gotten any quotes yet. Can you
give me any clue as to what prices are involved? Did they quote you by
lineal foot or by total job? How much fencing are you having done? Ours
will be approximately 360 lineal feet with two gates.
That's a lot O' fence, Mr. Boatwright! I'm only doing 100'. Couldn't
tell you a lineal foot cost - they basically just bid the job as a
whole. I had several estimates, and they were all very similar, which
is exactly what I was told would happen. Aside from collusion, that
means they have it down to a science, basically. With the prices being
essentially equal (these are all reputable companies), I looked at
service and other factors. I thought the prices were fair. Also,
***important***, I went and looked at some of their recent work. You
will likely notice a difference in workmanship.
Yes, it does seem like a lot of fence, but our overall lot size is 80' wide
by 110' deep. We're fencing from the front of the house to the back of the
lot and across the back, with 1 front gate to the side of the house and 1
gate to the easement/alley way behind our property. Anything less would
not give us the privacy we want. I plan on getting at least 3 estimates
and, depending on how each company sounds, will definitely go to see some
of their recent work. I expect no matter who we use it will be more
expensive than I hoped for, but it's something we really need.
On Aug 29, 11:43 pm, email@example.com wrote:
re: Couldn't tell you a lineal foot cost - they basically just bid the
job as a whole
Wouldn't the "total cost of the job as a whole" divided by the "lineal
footage" be pretty close to the "lineal foot cost"?
In your case (100') just move the decimal point over 2 places and
you'll have the "lineal foot cost".
I'd say a post off by 1 1/2 inches from vertical is too much. Any
decent contractor would correct it. I'd find out with a level exacly
how far off it is and then have a discussion with them before they go
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