We had a reputable fencing company install our beautiful new wood
fencing with a footprint that was inside the existing chain link fence
perimeter by about 12". We believe that the chain link is either owned
by the county (it is adjacent to an access road) or the neighbors, so
it was easier just to leave it there. The fence company installed the
fence "good side in" which was against code in my county. They also
neglected to secure a permit. We received a citation, and now need to
have the fence turned around. But, the fence company claims they
cannot put the good side out and still attach the planks to the posts
due to the existing chain link. I guess there isn't enough room to get
in between and nail it in place. Has anyone had experience with this?
I need to get it corrected, and I'm thinking that we may have to remove
the chain link somehow or bring the whole thing in another foot in
order to get this accomplished. Either way, it doesn't sound like an
Thanks in advance.
You must be very young. Did it occur to you to contact the town and research
the ownership of the chain link fence? You say it might belong to the
neighbor, but did you speak to them about it? Where were you when the new
fence was being installed incorrectly?
Thank you. It did occur to me. I'm old enough to know that I am not
as well educated on the issue of county codes as the professionals I
hire to know better. I also didn't know it was against the code until
I received the citation. The county said it's probably their fence at
least along the back of the property. They apparently don't know
But, whose property is on the other side of the fence? The county's, or the
neighbor's? If it's the neighbor's, and they don't care about the old
fence, it might be a breeze to have it removed, which would make the wooden
fence mess MUCH easier to correct.
Three other thoughts:
- You said "reputable", but they didn't get a permit. That negates the word
- Did you have a plan for dealing with weed growth in the 12" space, which
is now inaccessible? You could douse it regularly with weed killer, but
that's a lousy idea.
- You will probably have to start over, and if the posts are set in cement,
it's going to be expensive. Prepare to meet the contractor in court, unless
you choose one that is reputable.
Reputable - as in having a good reputation. They are a large and
long-standing company. If they are not fully aware of the county codes
for the industry and area they've been working in for over 2 decades
then something is wrong.
The county already deals with the weed growth along the fence line by
"dousing it regularly with weed killer" and using a weed wacker.
Again, it's not our fence.
Rolling up the fencing may be an alternative... thanks for the input.
How do you expect them to use a weed wacker with only 12" between the chain
link fence and your new one? If the company truly is reputable they would
not have put up a fence where it would create such an inaccessable area to
Why do you think he's a jackass? Most chain link fences go right to the
ground, or pretty close. That would interfere with weed eater machines.
You already explained that the fence company couldn't stand between the two
fences to attach the panels correctly. If they can't work in between, how do
you expect anyone else to do so?
Well, seeing as how your reputable fence company didn't get a permit,
they might be able to do something else of questionable legality:
unhook and roll up the chain link for the brief time they're redoing
the fence, then roll it back out when they're done.
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