No, I'm not selling stolen property. But there has been a bit of a
rift between my Brother-in-law and me and his property surrounds mine
on three sides. He did me the favor of having my property lines
surveyed for me so I know where my place is. So I am thinking of
putting up a fence around my property.
I am looking for something that is on the lower end of the cost scale
but still looks good. I don't need a security fence or to keep animals
out. I just need to keep my BIL and his family from driving their
tractors and trucks on my property, Sometimes they leave some deep
ruts in the lawn and don't even bother to fix them And they still
encroach about 20 ft. onto my property with their corn field.
I would be fencing my property on three sides. The north and south
boundaries are 200 ft. from the road to the back of the lot. The back
line runs about 600 ft. There are no curves in the lot lines. The only
angles would be just the two 90 degree turns.
It sounds like your lot was cut out of a family plot and they still
consider it in the family therefore community property. That happens
quite often and results in family rifts like yours. The situation
rarely improves. You could drive sharpened stakes along the property
line to puncture tires when they drive across them, or you could
move. I'd consider moving before escalating a family feud. I'd never
live within 5 miles of any family member anyway.
Not a bad idea since the aquifer is only about 10 feet below the
surface and all we have is easy digging sand just under the topsoil.
But I don't think the alligators would fare too well here in Michigan
unless we heated the moat all winter. And that would be expensive.
David, that's like writing here and asking what the weather is going to be
like tomorrow. Well, HERE, about 102. Where YOU live, it may be different.
Start at the local level. You can access your county records online. Find
out what your zoning is if you don't already know it. You sound country,
and may be a zoning designation that would allow barbed wire. I live in an
agricultural zone, although it is very close to a residential area. The
codes specify how tall the fence can be, how many strand it may have, and
the level of the lowest strand from the ground.
No sense spending a dime until you find out exactly what you CAN do, as your
relatives would certainly have a good laugh if you spent bucks and had to
take it all down.
I don't envy your position. Any way you go, it is going to cost you, and
family dinners and get togethers will never be the same.
Know whut uh mean, Vern?
I have been mulling over giving the local zoning officer a call. She
enjoyed it too much when we didn't get a building permit for my last
addition for the house. She was just ribbing me tho and the contractor
did keep telling me he was going to do it and I waited until the
township treasurer sent word to get it done.
Shrubs or tress look good and can be cheap, depending on which ones
you choose. You can also drive in steel t-posts to dissuade traffic
instantly, but you can claim you're just using them to train up your
I'd still talk it over with your neighbors, just to be nice.
I would like that but I do find it hard to be nice to anyone that
would not only take his bigger share of he dad's stuff but rip off his
handicapped sister for more. And he's already a millionaire for
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