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Old 05-22-2015, 10:09 AM
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I am thinking, if we just replace the parts (posts, kick boards), then add a layer of reed-roll on it. This might be the cheapest option for structural and aesthetical improvements. This should make it look nicer (than the old stained utilitarian fence). It can also increase the height to the legal limit of 7feet.
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Old 05-22-2015, 10:13 AM
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Reed roll? ugh.

Quit procrastinating, rip the damn fence apart and rebuild it. Or don't.
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Old 05-22-2015, 10:16 AM
Location: Huntsville, AL
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Here's a thought to digest....
First off, I'm assuming the fence IS yours... not your neighbors.
2nd - have you talked to your neighbor - since it's shared - and see if they'll go in half?
3rd - a work friend of mine had a storm damage his fence - 3 sections - and his insurance company paid him (there's the right number of zeros) 10,000 to fix it with no deductible since a storm took his out.
If you can tag it to a storm, you'd be able to do the same as Acts Of God are zero deductible.

And finally - don't do it yourself.
Fences look easy, but they are way difficult. I'm a DIY'er but fences are out of my scope... Hire it out.
Good luck.
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:31 AM
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Get a few more estimates. Perhaps others will have some different ideas on how to fix the problem.

If I had that problem and the money, I'd take out the wood and put in high grade plastic panels from Lowe's or HD.
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:27 PM
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The plastic panels are expensive. If I get rich I will do it. Vinyl is 2x as wood, composite is 4x. Vinyil seems to be white only, that doesn match our neighborhood style.

I am seriously considering installing pricavy screens. So I would do structural repair on the dence out of my pocket, even though California law states both parties are equally responsible for the costs. The neighbor will not stop rotting any fence with their flowerbed. This way a new wooden fence would not be a good investment. Vinyl/Composite would be good, but right not I cannot afford it. Complete side fence is 72ft, would cost ME $3600 plus labor. The neighbor wouldnt even pay the $300 repair, they will not pay for a new fence. Their backside neighbor built a separate fence, so they have a nice and an ugly fence in parallel.
Then I amplanning to make framed reed panels, covering a 40ft section of the fence. The frame will be stained or painted reddish-dark brown, filled with light colored reed roll. Then attach these panels to the fence with screws and 1" plastic spacer. The panels will have their own legs. Similar to this: Bamboo Fence Panel with Frame - 6ft x 6ft £59.99
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