On Oct 19, 1:16 pm, " email@example.com"
Not really. My backyard is offset from the 2 yards behind me,
approximately 2/3, 1/3. The 1/3 neighbor had some nice board-on-board
fencing, the 2/3 neighbor had chain link.
I bought the same style board-on-board fence and installed it face to
face with the chain link fence to hide it, to match the other 1/3 and
to provide more privacy.
Point being, two fences, face to face, isn't silly if there's a valid
Of course there is. By code the posts must go inside the yard. That makes
one side "good" and the other side not.
You could say that there is no good side of board-on-board fence, but for
the same reason, there is. The posts must go on the owner's side.
Ugly or not, allowed or not, for the purposes of this discussion, the good
side has no poles.
Chain link fence is still used around schools, ball fields, etc. Poles are
always installed on the interior, which is what this thread is about.
Utter what? Your conception of board-on-board fence must be different than
Perhaps you are thinking of solid board or solid board-on-board fencing?
Just as aside, the posts in the solid board picture above might actually be
seen from the good side, but I don't think anyone would complain. It might
even look nicer than just one long solid fence on the "good side"
One last note...
I forgot that there is a way to install board-on-board with 2 good sides.
If you double up the number of horizontal supports, you can sandwich the
posts between the interior and exterior panels. The horizontals and posts
would be visible from both sides but it is an approved method in my town.
Typically you need to overlap the vertical boards more since they are
farther apart and therefore more open when viewed at an angle. In that
manner you can have two good sides without doubling the cost of the fence,
but it is still more expensive than the one good side method.
That can be done with some style of fences, but certainly not all.
How do you make a stockade fence or a chain link fence or a board-on-
board fence pretty on both sides without doubling up the fence so that
the posts are sandwiched in between? That would basically double the
cost of the fencing - minus the posts.
You can come close. A close-picket fence can be mixed pretty transparently
with a alternating pickets. A neighbor on one side replaced the fence (it was
probably "mine" but did it before I moved in) with alternating pickets. It
doesn't look that bad.
It appears that is what he is doing with the sides. I can only see the
inside of the sides. See:
To those discussing access, the men have already trampled my garden. And
even if the post is fully on his side of the property line, the concrete
will spill onto my side. But I'm not gong to complain about these.
Don. www.donwiss.com (e-mail link at home page bottom).
Don't know the answer to either of your questions, but I will share
something that will cause you to drop your donuts.
Assume you have a naughty neighbor - unsightly yard, dog on the loose,
droopy-boobed, over-weight, common-law wife that sunbathes in the nude,
whatever, and, as a result of this continued affront to the sensibilities of
you, your family, and all right-thinking people, you decide to erect a
After the sturdy, opaque fence is in place, here's how you twist the knife:
You present your neighbor with a bill for half the cost!
And he must (eventually) pay.
What! Am I nuts!
Nope. Follow along.
A contract is a meeting of the minds. When you began constructing the fence,
the neighbor agreed to its construction by not objecting. In law, this is
called "Assent by Silence," and a contract latches in place. When the fence
is completed, he is liable for half its value under the rubric of "unjust
enrichment." That is, he is benefiting from a project to which he agreed in
There are deviations from this basic rule: You build a fence out of marble
and your neighbor had in mind something less grand or you build the fence
before the neighbor was made aware of your intentions (he was out of town,
etc.), but, in the main, the foregoing evaluation is bullet-proof and your
small claims court will back you up.
This must be locality-dependent. Around here (NJ), a fence must face
good side out, and be 1 foot or more inside the property line. Of
course, if 2 property owners agree to put up a single fence right on the
property line, you most likely can do that, but I am not sure what
happens when one of the properties changes hands.
When I lived in Philly, fences were on the property line and cost was often
shared. Ownership was transferred with property. Many row houses had
fences in the back yard on the line if shared, inches inside if not. Since
some houses were only 16' wide, it was not practical to put them a foot
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