I enjoy reading your discussion group on a weekly basis. I was hoping
you might be able to help this little old lady (well, young at heart!)
with a few suggestions.
I am going to have a 6ft wood fence built across the back of my lot. I'm
not sure what questions I should be asking fence contractors when they
come out for estimates (other than the obvious--license & bonded)?
Any ideas on what I should be asking?
P.S. Anyone have any experience putting in a block wall instead of a
wood fence? I've got questions about that too. :-)
What type materials do they use? Pressure treated, Cedar etc. How much they
charge per linear foot? Do they replace all posts? How many Rails do they
use between posts? 3 is preferred. Do thy use a pressure treated board
horizontally along the ground to protect the bottom of the pickets from the
morning dew on the grass? This also is preferred. Do they set the new
posts in concrete? Location may dictate another method of anchoring the
post in the ground. Do they haul off the old fence material.
Call your local municipality to see if they require a fence permit (often
with a survey) and inspections before you hire just anyone. If they do, they
may license the fence contractors, which could be to your benefit.
Our termite riddled wood fence was replaced last year with a block one
that will be there for eons. Wife painted it the same color as the
house and our painters wife wishes her in-laws, our next door
neighbors, would do the same. Sorry, can't help on questions.
On Mon, 15 Aug 2005 16:53:00 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
One question would be how many horizonal 2x4s they'll use between the
posts, 2 or 3 and is one of them opposing with respect to the other 2?
When I built mine (cedar) I did 3ea 2x's where the top & bottom 4" side
was laid horiz and the center has the 4" side vert. It's been up for 25
years now and does not have one bit of sag. If they use 2 its bound to
sag in the middle of each 8' segment. I asked a lot of questions before
I built mine and this was one that almost everyone mentioned.
Thank-you to : Leon, Swingman, Bob, John Deboo, and anyone else I may
have missed. :-)
I appreciate the replies and the advice! I'm making calls tomorrow and
checking contractor licenses out. Fun fun fun!
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