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Deedee



Joined: 10 Jan 2005
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Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 9:10 am    Post subject: Fencing help please  Reply with quote    

As my OH is up to his eyeballs in digging,levelling,patio laying etc etc I thought I'd do a bit of research on the fencing side of things..We now have a two level garden (and flat whoopee!!) but need to redo our fence which joins with our neighbours.They have 3 dogs all of which are kid haters,not good when Michael doesn't understand not to put his fingers through or his face over the fence They also just bit one of my cats but thats another story...We need a strong fence,it'll only be 3 panels at most as my gardens so squatty how much do you think is a reasonable price to get someone in to do it for us??I have no clue and don't want to be ripped off obviously.The main reason for not wanting to do it ourselves is the fact we need concrete posts in and we KNOW how bad our ground is to dig up

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not sure how much it would cost but a 6 foot panel would be about 20 and a concrete post about 15. For three panels that about 120. It shouldn't take someone that long to do should it?

If you fancy having a go then a metal bar and one of those special twin head hole spades should make the job easy.

sean
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We got someone to replace two panels and one post. I can't remember what the panels cost, but they charged us 35 for labour, concrete and the post.

moogie



Joined: 02 Feb 2005
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Location: Near Bridgend
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I had my entire garden fenced last year and as it was an odd shape couldnt use conventional fence panels, had to have them made to size. It worked out at 17 per panel, about 4 per post. i put them up myself with help of my best mate. If you can hold a drill, dig a hole and pour in ready mix fence post mix then job is pretty easy. I'd strongly suggest trying it yourself. And don't necessarily go with B&Q for the panels. Look in the yelow pages under wood working or something and there'll be loads of people, many of which will make them quite cheaply and happily come and put them up for you for some extra. Word of advice though, if you measure up yourself, remember to subtract for the space of the posts, approx 3-4 inches. Or you'll end up with one panel way too big!

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Second that, putting timber posts in is not difficult. Dig a hole about 18 inches deep and a foot square. Put in post. Pour in ready mix poste-crete (about 3 a bag) add water and leave for a few mins. Return and tap post around to ensure its vertical. Add rest of water, leave over night.

moogie



Joined: 02 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm a short(ish) skinny weak female who used to be scared to so much as open the drill box and wouldn't have known post mix from cake mix. If I can do it then anyone can do it. Just grab a mate, some posts and some panels. The hard part for me was staining it all afterwards. My arms nearly fell off with all that painting!

Deedee



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Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

*large stiff drink in hand* weeeell we just got a quote in for the fence..apparently it's 20 foot long so it'll cost 400 + vat !!! Needless to say after our third skip we are potless as per usual so it looks like we'll have to have a go ourselves *gulp*Thanks for all the hints and tips I'm just off to do some weight training to build up my scrawny muscles

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This could help dig the holes if the ground is not solid concrete.

http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/pro.jsp?ts=51660&id=18393

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 05 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

20ft is only 7 metres. You'll need a post every two metres at most, so with a post at each end you'll need 5 posts. If you get 3x3 from a timber merchant they'll be about 3-5 each. Bags of postcrete are about 3. So 40 plus you panels and an afternoon's work and your done.

Remember to put down a line to ensure your posts are in a straight line and all face square in relation to each other.

Blacksmith



Joined: 25 Jan 2005
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Location: Berkshire
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 05 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My neighbour and I put up the fence between our properties, 6' panels, 8' concrete posts, hired a post hole borer for the weekend, as there is only about 9" of top soil the rest was "bed rock", it was hard work(we broke one borer).
Rather than go for someone with a big advert in the yellow pages, have you tried asking your local farmers ? they may do it themselves or use a good contractor ?
Dave

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