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Old 03-11-2010, 02:27 PM
 
Location: 46217
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Sorry, had to use the title of a Cole Porter song to get attention. We moved into a new house in November. Our back yard borders a pond and we have a 3-year old. Therefor I am to start shopping around for an installer for a simple chain-link fence. I don't want to sound like I'm being lazy but wanted to ask the forum for some free advice. Any recommendations? Any horror stories? I'm going to call around for estimates in the next few weeks.

Thanks.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:48 PM
 
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Drive around looking for new fences in your area.Leave a note in a mailbox stating your looking for a reference of a good fence installer.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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Drive around looking for new fences in your area.Leave a note in a mailbox stating your looking for a reference of a good fence installer.
That's a great idea. It's a newer subdivision near Greenwood. Not a lot of people have fences yet.

I take it they are required to contact the utilities for anything buried underground? Also I honestly don't think I know where my property line is. I would like to think it's half the distance between the houses.
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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You will need to ask the installer if they contact the utilities or if it's the homeowner's responsibilty. Personally I would do it myself to be certain it was done and to have a record of the call.

You should not assume the half way point is the lot line. If it's a newer subdivision it should be fairly easy to locate the iron markers at the corners of the property. Start near a utility box if there is one. Poke around the ground looking for buried metal stakes. Every new subdivision I've lived in in Indiana and Illinois had them in the ground.
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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Good advice rrah. Yes I live in Southern Dunes so I should be able to find those markers.
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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does your HOA allow chain link fence ... that's the first question. Usually, installers will call the utilities to mark them. As for your property markers ... they're usually re-bar in the ground. I've seen people use metal detectors to find them, but we've always managed to find ours by digging a little.

Good luck!
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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does your HOA allow chain link fence ... that's the first question.
More than likely, if it does, it has to be the rubber-coated kind.
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Old 03-12-2010, 04:22 AM
 
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If you need ANY kind of service recommendation, get a membership to Angie's List and use their extensive graded recommendation list. They will tell you positives and negatives and all kinds of info.

We have used it for all kinds of minor and major house repair/renovation and been pleased with the service.

Beats one off recommendations from strangers that may or may not be current.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:11 AM
 
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Thanks a lot everyone!
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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Most subdivisions around here (Lafayette) require wooden scalloped edge 4.5 ft fences--make sure you have a copy of your HOA restrictions!
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