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're right. There's no compaison to my box versus his fence.
Today I looked off the balcony of the room I'm renting, and the cable
from he tlephone pole to the ground was hanging lose from a t tree
There was another cable to this building and I guess it's enough to
keep the pole from falling down, since it hasn't yet, but it is
bending in the direction of the cables to the other two houses.
The electric company wanted to put something on my AC to turn it off
during a brownout. I asked for this, and they deducted something from
my electric bill in summer months, even if they never did it.
The guy comes to the door, gives me a small brochure and tells me what
he will do.
I follow him to the AC a couple minutes later and he's drilled into my
brick house to mount the thing. When I read the brochure, it says
they'll mount it to the AC if I want, but there was no time to read
the brochure and get out there before he drilled the holes.
Fortunately he had sense to drill into the mortar, but I'll never be
able to match the mortar! Also it means I can change the compressor,
or have it changed with a little less work.
I was over this before you posted and now I'm ticked off again.
A few years back, I let my electric company install one of those A/C cut
out switches too. In exchange, they gave a modest monthly bill credit.
But by early summer, I told them to take it off.
They were vicious knocking my A/C offline for 30-45 minutes at a clip
even though the brochure said never more than for 8-10 minutes and then
only once each hour.
Don't cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time or money
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
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