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Sun Jul 14, 2019, 08:59 PM

Need opinions about a fence!

Neighbor behind us wants us to pay for half of a new stockade fence. We do need a new fence, it's rotting out. My husband told him the fence can face his side. Right now it faces us. It's our fence. I don't want to see the back. Then it would be his fence.

Surveys of our 1876 house have always used the fence as the property line.

I told my DH I feel like George Constanza -- I've got hand! And I don't wanta give it up!

Am I being unreasonable? Do they make fence that has the good side on both sides?

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Reply Need opinions about a fence! (Original post)
Croney Jul 14 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 14 #1
Croney Jul 14 #4
MiniMe Jul 14 #13
Farmer-Rick Jul 14 #2
Croney Jul 14 #5
RockRaven Jul 14 #3
Croney Jul 14 #6
JDC Jul 14 #7
Croney Jul 14 #8
procon Jul 14 #9
Croney Jul 14 #11
REPUguy Jul 14 #10
Croney Jul 14 #12
REPUguy Jul 14 #14
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 15 #17
Generic Brad Jul 14 #15
Croney Jul 15 #18
Hassin Bin Sober Jul 14 #16
Croney Jul 15 #19
PoliticAverse Jul 15 #27
Kaleva Jul 15 #20
Croney Jul 15 #21
Kaleva Jul 15 #23
Croney Jul 15 #24
bif Jul 15 #22
Croney Jul 15 #25
Blues Heron Jul 15 #26
Croney Jul 15 #29
jberryhill Jul 15 #28
Croney Jul 15 #30

Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 09:06 PM

1. The people who put in my fences told me that the "good" side of a fence

faces out, that is, away from the owner's property. If you see the back of the fence that means it's your fence. But you can get a double-sided fence. On one side of my property I had them put up an alternating wood private fence like this one: https://www.midwestfence.com/wood-private-fences/alternating-wood-private-fences/ It looks the same on both sides.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 09:16 PM

4. I like that fence! I just sent the link to DH.

To clarify, the back of the neighbor's house is eight feet from the fence and there is no back door, just some windows. In contrast, on our side the fence is all across our parking area at the end of the driveway, so it's much more visible all day every day.

Thank you for your input.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 10:25 PM

13. That's the kind of fence that I got

I like it a lot

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 09:14 PM

2. There are many fences that look the same on either side.

Actually some privacy fences look better from the outside.

We put a woven wire livestock fence between us and our neighbor's pasture inside 6" of our property. It is our fence on our property. We did that so we can control it and don't have to depend on our sometimes flighty neighbors.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 09:17 PM

5. That was smart!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 09:16 PM

3. There's a style of so-called "good neighbor" fence which is popular in my suburban neighborhood

it looks identical from both sides. There are many variations of it, but the common feature is that instead of mounting the uprights on the sides of the horizontal runners, the uprights are pinned between a slotted horizontal runner below and above (and the bottom runner sitting on an on-edge 2X6 or 2X12 to prevent sagging).

I'd recommend googling "good neighbor fence" and looking at the images that come up -- there are lots of different approaches beyond the style I described, but what they have in common is looking the same on each side. Some look better than others, and if you don't want the "back" of a fence, there are a number of styles which are -- for lack of a better term -- backless.

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 09:19 PM

6. I googled it, and I am much happier now.

This is the solution. Thank you.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 09:20 PM

7. Rotate it in 8 or 10ft sections. It will look like a design

And everyone wins.

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Response to JDC (Reply #7)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 09:22 PM

8. That's not a bad idea. Thank you.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 09:25 PM

9. Another popular solution is to alternate

each section. Some fences come in premade sections so you just put them up in an alternating pattern so both sides see a little front and back fencing.

For fences built on site, it's the same pattern. Just decide on the footage... 8-10 ft is common.

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Response to procon (Reply #9)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 09:32 PM

11. It's not a bad idea, and I'm going to do more googling.

Thank you.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 09:32 PM

10. Vinyl Fencing

Unless your fence has to be made of wood you might want to check it out, there are lots of styles. It has many other advantages too.

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Response to REPUguy (Reply #10)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 09:35 PM

12. I like vinyl, but wood will tie in with some other fencing we have around a storage shed.

Thank you for the suggestion!

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Response to Croney (Reply #12)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 10:29 PM

14. Wood grain vinyl fencing

I don't know how expensive it is but it's available in many styles and colors. I wish I had researched that before I put up my vinyl fence.

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Response to REPUguy (Reply #14)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 12:06 AM

17. I looked into vinyl, discovered it was quite a bit more expensive than wood.

So I went with wood.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 10:58 PM

15. Time to challenge your neighbor!



Fencing!

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Response to Generic Brad (Reply #15)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 05:26 AM

18. Ha! First I had to challenge the hubby.

But we kissed and made up. 35 years have taught us not to go to bed mad.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 11:15 PM

16. Keep in mind the "good side" is often harder to climb.

So if security is an issue you might want to consider it.

I prefer having the ďbad sideĒ toward me anyway. Itís less boring and you can string lights and add built in shelves.

I just built a fence an Iím in the process of stringing lights now. Iím in Chicago so the yard is smaller. Having the bad side available for decorative purposes makes sense to me.

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #16)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 05:30 AM

19. Now, there's something I hadn't thought of!

You are creative. In front of our fence are Rose of Sharon bushes, but they are sparse in winter so putting lights on the fence is a lovely idea. Thanks!

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #16)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 10:47 AM

27. I also prefer the inside (aka bad side) to be facing me. It makes it look like it's protecting me...

rather than keeping me out.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 05:53 AM

20. In my town, the person who puts up the fence gets the back side.

And it cannot straddle a property line.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #20)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 08:46 AM

21. Yes, I've been reading that that is customary, but I don't think there's a law about it.

At least I hope not! I'm too used to seeing the front side to be comfortable about changing, so I'm lobbying for a fence with two "front" sides, like ones people here have suggested.

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Response to Croney (Reply #21)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:44 AM

23. Check your local ordances and zoning laws.

If i were you, I wouldn't put the fence right on the property line as you may get a new neighbor some day who could prove troublesome about the fence as part of it would be on his or her property.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #23)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 10:13 AM

24. That is wise advice.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:41 AM

22. Offer to pay 60% and you get the good side.

That's the way I always heard it worked.

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Response to bif (Reply #22)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 10:14 AM

25. That's a no-nonsense solution!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 10:18 AM

26. The back is the good side

the front is too monotonous. You want the posts and beams etc on the side you look at. Also that's the etiquette - you give the so-called "good" side to the outside world and "suck up" the "bad side" for yourself. The dirty little secret is the "bad side" is actually easier on the eyes than a plain wall of unbroken slats.

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #26)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 11:49 AM

29. But in my case, the "outside world" is the back of a house seven feet from the fence.

Most sources I google do think as you do, so I am ready to admit I might be wrong, but I'm still going to insist on a fence with two "good" sides. I just like it.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 11:11 AM

28. Concertina wire, mines and dogs


This setup works really well....

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #28)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 11:53 AM

30. Oh that's too close to our current horrible reality.

It does make my problem seem very trivial by comparison, huh.

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