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Awkward fencing job - advice needed

Hi all,

 

I've been asked to do some fencing but it's in quite an awkward spot. I do fencing repairs here and there but it isn't my usual line of work. I try to stick to the traditional gardening jobs where possible but during a quiet spell I thought I'd take it on, especially as there was actual gardening to do on the job too.

 

I've attached a couple of pictures, one looking one way the other is looking back on itself. The customer wants to hide the neighbours fence as it's in a bad way and they're not doing anything to fix it.

 

Half of the fences length can be dug into the soil and then the posts concreted in. The other half runs along a concrete base where the greenhouse sits, which is square to the greenhouse, but not the neighbouring fence.

 

I have an issue of a step to deal with (the concrete base), and the issue of trying to keep the fence straight (if I run parallel to neighbour fence, then fence line crosses the edge of the slab).

 

Does this make senses?

 

Any advice on how to tackle this?

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  • a Post blot down may be an option for the concrete, I wouldn’t normally be a fan but if it’s quite a sheltered area it may do the job and allow you to keep the fence line straight, although I’d probably be inclined to cut the concrete and break it out to get a post in but it depends what tools you have to your disposal and what you have allowed for!

  • there seems to be a post at the back end of the concrete if its sound can you fix to that?

    how far away from the exsisting fence are you going to go as you might want to stagger the new posts away from the exsisting posts to keep clear of the concrete around them 

    next to the greenhouse they are concrete posts are they all the way down the fence line if so it would be  more cost efective for the owner to replace the panels also there seems to be a dwarf brick wall there might be a footing that spreads over the border 

    i would just step the pannel down when you clear the concrete and if nessesery put a timber filler under the gap 

  • PRO

    Thanks for the replies Adam and David, both good points.

    I have factored in that I may have to use the bolt down supports, despite not being a huge fan myself for this purpose, however I didnt consider cutting the concrete. I don't have a large grinder to use, only a small one but for the sake of a few quid hiring one would make this easier in the long run, I think!

    With regards to the post at the back already in place, I am to run a fence along that edge too, but the run is a lot nicer, with more access but also will hardly be visible at all. That small wall runs carries along and it exposes the neighbouring garden to this one, hence wanting to cover up. Ideally this corner post would form the right angle which would also help with the strength of the fence.

    Good point about staggering, as the customer wants the fence as close as possible to the old fence.

  • PRO

    Would it be easier to replace the neighbours fence at your customers cost?

  • PRO

    Thanks again for the replies. I went and cut the base in the end, wish I'd thought of this earlier as it has made the job a lot more straight forward now. As for doing the neighbours fence instead, thats a no go. Customer doesn't want anything to do with the neighbour, and has also told me they may extend the fence back towards the house in the future, hiding the rest of the neighbouring fences.

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