Howdy doody folks!
Wonder if some kind soul can give me some advice on this project...
I have a 5-foot high concrete block wall between my house and the neighbor
and we both would like to add some kind of 2-ft privacy extension on top of
This is one idea I had. It's just to block the view, so it doesn't have to
be supported for kids climbing over, etc. And if it blows down once in a
while, no big deal. But pls let me know if this looks like a good way to do
it to you or whatever else you think about it...
On Mon, 06 Dec 2004 07:23:31 GMT, "Fred"
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as for the original poster, looks fine as long as you dont get terrible
winds. if it were me i would consider some sort of vine plant to enhance
the looks and strength of it.
In my city walls and fences around residential back yards are limited
to six feet. Not quite high enough. The common answer here is to plant
fast-growing hedges because there's generally no limit on height of
hedges in backyards unless it interferes with line of sight for
I'm partial to various species of bamboo.
You can tell a really good idea by the enemies it makes
The bottom piece will trap water. Not good even if you use pressure
treated. You could mitigate that by making a rabbet rather than a
dado in the bottom piece, sloping the bottom of the rabbet a bit,
using solid lattice and nailing the bottom of the lattice into the
edge of the rabbet.
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On 12/6/2004 2:23 AM US(ET), Fred took fingers to keys, and typed the
Check with your local building department before proceeding. They may
have restrictions on the height of residential fences. No sense going
through the expense and time, just to have them make you remove it.
Your solution looks doable.
Here in Calif, privacy fences are a way of life and most of them are six
feet high. If you reduced your top lattice work to one foot in height (or
even fifteen inches), it would offer less wind load and you would still
maintain your privacy. It seems to me that the wind load on a one foot
height should not over-stress your solution, which I assume is lag bolts and
concrete anchors in the top of the wall. If you're worried about it, here
are a couple suggestions for added strength:
If you have access to the block cores, cut posts to fit and extend them down
into the core a couple feet. (I'm assuming, however, that there is a
concrete cap that covers the top of the wall and the cores.)
If you don't have access to the block cores, you can still erect posts by
fastening them to the inside of the wall with concrete anchors.
Thanks very much Chuck! Your advice is exactly what I was hoping for.
And, HECK (sorry ladies), I'll just go ahead and screw in a few eye-bolts to
the top and if wind looks like a problem, I'll just string a cord and fasten
them to the trees. Not a big deal. Plus... the lovely wife will have extra
clothes lines, too! Everybody wins!
Na, mound earth either side, then extend with more blocks, raise the
earth so the "apparent" height is still within allowed limits. Around
here the front fence must not exceed 3 feet, so those requiring privacy
have 4 foot plus mounds and then a 3 foot fence on top of that!
One of the folks replied to this and I accidentally deleted his message in
mid stream. He was talking about changing the grooves and putting something
at angle..... didn't quite get it because I was looking up every other word
in the dictionary....
Anyway, would you mind sketching out your idea and posting somewhere, like
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