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Old 03-30-2012, 07:48 AM
 
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Default Filling in the cracks between the boards on a wood fence?

We have a 6' tall wooden privacy fence but since there is a slight gap in between each board it's not as private as I hoped. I was thinking about getting some all weather caulk in brown and run a little bead to solve the problem. Does that sound like a decent solution?
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:50 AM
 
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It sounds a little anal to me. Are you that paranoid about people pressing their little faces up to the fence and peering in?
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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It sounds a little anal to me. Are you that paranoid about people pressing their little faces up to the fence and peering in?

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing- then again, some people are just too shy.
tripod, just don't let the "third leg" (pun) out!

On a more serious note-
Fence installer/designers have a lot of different designs that can afford you "no peeky" fence. However, since you're dealing with an already installed fence, about the only choice you have is something like this:
http://wood-fence-designs.invisiblefences.co.uk/images/wood-fence-panels-1.jpg (broken link)

This is a "half rip" overlap. Generally, I see 1/3 rip overlaps.
They take a regular "dog ear" picket- rip it in half or thirds and apply that board over the seam of the full boards.
Caulk ain't gonna do a thang! Except lighten your wallet.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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Caulking will not work. When we put up our fence, we put the boards up touching each other. Over time, the boards have shrunk/warped so there are gaps anywhere from 1/8" to 1/2" wide. Think about what that would do to your caulk.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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Are there any SIMPLE solutions to this problem?
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Since you're the only one that sees this as "a problem"- I'd say don't go out where the fence is. Stay within the confines of a secure door; I believe you'll find lots of privacy(?)
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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Grow vines over it?

Attach bamboo panels over it? like these...
Rolled Bamboo Fencing - Green Sustainable Fences -Bamboo Good Neighbor Fence, Bamboo Friendly Fence, Bamboo Cane Fence, Willow Fence, Polished Reed fence, Fern Fence, Bamboo Stick Fence, Difu Fence, Dwarf Pine Fence (http://www.bamboofencer.com/Rolled-Fences - broken link)
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:58 PM
 
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Perhaps a board; possibly narrower;beteen the boards covering the gap. That is often done in fenceing and mnay tmes by having boards over lapping on opposite sides of the supportng horrizoanalo runners.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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Cover the fence with black garden cloth. You can get it in the length to cover the entire fence line. Staple it onto the fence and no one will be able to see through it from the outside of the fence.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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Are there any SIMPLE solutions to this problem?

K'ledgeBldr offered a very easy, very attractive solution. What more do you want?
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