My fence has developed a few large knotholes right at eye level and I'm
hoping to find a way to patch it.
I can't find the knots (am I spelling 'knot' right?), I guess they landed
on the neighbor's side.
Any suggestions? My first thought is wood filler, but I don't know if a
large knot hole will just distort and pop out the filler when the weather
Assuming the problem is neighbors being nosey and looking thru the
fence, hang or mount some nice flower planters over the holes. Yard
decorations like those out of prick (sun, moon faces etc) would do the
trick too. Birdhouse, anything where you might screw down to the fence
a horizonal board over the hole or planter mount. Put a small paper
with a note on it with "NOSEY" over the hole from your side first<VBG>.
replying to Grandpa, jimbust747 wrote:
Make sure fence is dry. Apply a patch of selotape over the knot hole on the
outside of the fence. Go inside the fence with skeleton gun with silicone sealer
in and gently pump some silicone into the hole until it's full. Wipe over with
scraper and leave for 24 hours now you can remove selotape all done . Use
brown silicone for a neater job.
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they're basically just spam for Homeowners hub, but I doubt
it would do any good.
Mebbe we should all sign up over there, and post lots of
random pointless posts with "homeowners hub are spammers"
in our sig lines.
I think that is backwards. The H Hub is posting or acting as a gateway
to the servers and they probably have little or no control over it. If
you managed to get one account closed, minutes later they would have
If you can paint or use a solid stain over the patch, some Bondo will work
nicely. Find it at an automotive parts store. Mix up about a golf ball
size (or however much you need to fill a knot hole) and mix in the curing
agent (pink stuff) until the whole mixture is the color of the little mixing
paddle you get with the kit. Patch quickly - once it's mixed you have about
3 mins to use it before it sets up.
You can use less of the curing agent to give you a longer working time if
needed. I've cut it back by 50% and the Bondo still cured and I've seen no
Place a backer on the other side and affix it temporarily in-place while you
spread/push the Bondo into the knot hole from the other side. Once its
slightly over full, cover with a piece of light cardboard (like a playing
card or cereal box cardboard) and hold it against the Bondo to keep it from
sagging out of the hole. You only need to hold it for about a minute (or
less) for the Bondo to set up. Let it dry (cure) overnight and the next
day, remove the backer piece, the cardboard and sand it smooth or use a wire
brush to work in some graining.
The backer piece should be something that the Bondo will not stick to, like
a wax coated piece of scrap, wax paper covered piece of scrap, Formica
scrap, melamine scrap - you get the idea. The cardboard may stick but will
clean off when you sand it. The color is pinkish, so you need to paint it
or stain it to match your fence.
The Bondo does not expand or contract but wood does so you may have to drive
a couple of small brads into the sides of the knot holes if you think the
patch will fall out. If you're painting over the patch anyway, just feather
the edges out so the patch is slightly larger than the patch while its still
soft and workable and that will hold it in-place.
If you are serious and this isn't a troll, it is a very simple fix using
some epoxy thickened with microballoons and cab-o-sil.
Take a piece of scrap wood slightly larger than the knot hole, say a piece
of cdx plywood, covered with some clear shipping tape and temporarily cover
the back side of the hole attaching with some screws. (Epoxy doesn't stick
to the shipping tape).
Mix some epoxy, then thicken with microballoons and a little cab-o-sil to
thicken enough so it will hang on a vertical surface, then butter the hole
A couple of days later, remove scrap of wood, sand both sides flush and
paint if required.
When that fence has turned to compost, those epoxy plugs will still be
SFWIW, I have spliced a lot of plywood sheets together using the above
technique and then covering the joint with some fiberglass.
S/A: Challenge, The Bullet Proof Boat, (Under Construction in the Southland)
Well, let's just say I'd rather not see them in one... :)
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.
I don't really have a "can I work on your side of the fence" type
relationship with the neighbors, so it looks like it'll have to be hanging
stuff over the holes for me.
*smile*...inquiring minds want to know.... Feel
free to post to alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking
Well, there IS a way to do it that does not require going
on THEIR side of the fence (although if it is your fence, you
should be able to do so without pestering them).
1) Cut a square of cardboard slightly larger than the hole.
2) Punch a couple of holes in the center and put a loop
of twine through them.
3) roll the cardboard slightly so it will go through the
4) let it unroll, and use the string to pull the
concave side flat against the fence.
5) Tie the string around a small bar that will span
the hole on YOUR side and pull it tightly enough to lock
everything together, without pulling the cardboard down
into the hole.
6) Fill hole with appropriate spackling as mentioned
7) when filler is dry, cut off the string flush with
the surface of the filler, sand, and move on. Let the neighbor
worry about THEIR side of the fence.
Ignore THEIR side of the fence. Simply cut some
decorative patterns out that are slightly larger than the
knotholes. Nail them over the holes, and, scatter a few more
along the fence in random places, so it looks like a design
decision, rather than a repair.
Interesting point... Do you even know your neighbors on the other side of
I just realized I've lived here for... Five years I guess. I have no idea
who else lives here beyond the two closest neighbors. There are other kids
in the neighborhood, and they don't play with my kids. They ride the same
bus, but don't even know each other. When they see each other riding bikes
or whatever, they avoid each other.
Of course, I don't know any of the kids' parents either. I know nothing
whatsoever about any of them, other than having a vague idea which cars go
to which houses.
I leave a huge bowl of candy on my porch on Halloween, with a path lit to it
and everything very inviting and friendly, and nobody has ever taken any of
We don't let our kids trick-or-treat at the other houses, even if their
lights are on, since we don't know any of those people.
We live in strange times. Whatever happened to the Welcome Wagon?
Of course, being a hermit, I like it this way just fine. I'm supposed to be
the exception though, not the rule. I guess we're all hermits today.
Probably comes from living in a society where you have to be prepared to
move halfway across the country next month if you want to keep your job.
It's pointless for most people to bother putting down roots.
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