We've got a poured concrete sidewalk and chainlink fence on one side of the
house. The neighbours want a new wood fence and we are considering a new
patterned concrete sidewalk, but I'm not sure which should come first?
Currently, the sidewalk is up tight to the fence for about half the fence
and partly filled (about a foot wide) with paving stones for the rest of the
fence. I don't see how they are going to pour the posts for the new fence
with the sidewalk tight to the property line. But I also think pouring the
sidewalk may be difficult once the fence is in place. Ideally I'd like to
put the fence posts in, pour the sidewalk and then add the fence boards
Any thoughts on how this should best be done, given that it will be two
You're doing the engineering for the neighbor's new fence? Or are you just
being nice and putting in a privacy fence because they don't like your chain
In any case, wood fence posts should never be buried in a concrete sidewalk.
The posts will rot out in 10-20 years, and be a PITA to switch out. Your
fence contractor should have, or be able to get from his supplier, some sort
of socket or stanchion device to put in to the concrete, and the posts then
go in or over that. Note that if it is sockets, there has to be a drain at
the bottom, and gravel in the bottom of the hole. Other alternative is to
set lengths of thickwall galvanized pipe in the sidewalk, and end-drill the
posts, and drop a standoff and the posts over them. Simpson is the brand
name that comes to mind, but it has been a few years.
Any way you can get the fence guy and the concrete guy together for coffee
at the kitchen table, with an accurate diagram of how it is all laid out?
Whoever does the cost quote is going to want to come on site first anyway,
and I have found that tradespeople (versus sales assholes) are usually quite
happy to work this stuff out in advance, since it makes their job easier.
With narrow sideyards like this and sidewalks, drainage is always an issue.
You don't wanna flood neigbor's yard (especially if they are whiners), but
you also don't want to pond water by your foundation. If this is a narrow
urban lot and the new sidewalk is within a couple feet of your foundation,
you will need to take some precautions with slope, and maybe even a gutter
and collection box for the runoff.
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