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    Hello all!
    We have a problem with our fencing and I am hoping you all can help
    us out with some ideas!
    When we purchased our home, there was an existing chain link fence in
    place. It needed some work, most of which we have done. However,
    due to numerous reasons (vandals, bus stop on our corner, etc), some
    of the fencing poles along the top have been bent down to the ground
    (UUGGGHH!).
    We are trying to come up with a STURDY fencing idea - I just priced
    the wrought iron and we can't even touch that ($125 per 8 ft panel -
    would run us about $5,500 for our 1/4 acre!). Privacy is not an
    option as it would end up with graffitti and encourage a break in to
    our home.
    Adding to this problem is the fact that we do have a pool so the
    fence MUST be very sturdy and allow no little ones to get through.
    Anyone have ANY ideas??????
    TIA!
    Tanya in FL

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    Can't help you with ideas, since I am in a similar position. I just bought
    acreage next to a cattle ranch, and the rancher apparently has a reputation
    for shooting the neighbors' dogs if they wander onto his property! I have
    two dogs, so I am trying to fence my ten-acre parcel as cheaply as possible!

    If you get any good ideas off-list, I would love to hear of them!
    Meanwhile, I used to live on a corner lot in a not-so-great neighborhood,
    and I didn't have a fence at all up front - just a small fenced in back yard
    and a really good alarm system (including wired screens that would set off
    an alarm if someone cut through them). Could you perhaps limit your fencing
    to a specific area, thus cutting the cost down a bit?

    Other option, if the city allows it, is to set up the chain link again, and
    hot-wire it. That should keep vandals from thinking twice about trying to
    mess with you! Out where I am moving to, I am considering range fencing,
    but that wouldn't work for your situation.

    Sorry I can't be of more assistance, but you definitely have my sympathies!


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    Date: Sat Mar 22, 2003 1:03 pm
    Subject: RE: Budget101.com : Cheap Fencing HELP

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    Have you thought about welded wire?
    You can buy 100 ft. roll at lowes for about 50-60 dollars. That would be the 2x4
    holes that do not allow anything thru it. You would then also have to buy either
    fence post's or 4x4 to put in the ground.
    I am not sure how fancy you want this yard but the welded wire works great on my
    Labradors when they do not climb over
    Blessings,
    Theresa In Fl,

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    I would run wrought iron across the front
    of my property and the chain link down
    the sides and back (assuming it's a
    rectangular lot). I would use what
    chain link I have first and buy used
    material where I ran short. Also
    would look into the cost of the new
    metal slats to slid into the links for
    privacy.
    Also check with dealers located in
    pricey neighborhoods. I have found
    that's where the best deals are.
    Sussi

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    Have you thought of using the invisible fencing for your dogs? I am thinking
    about doing that this summer b/c my one dog doesn't listen worth anything and
    sneaks out of the house whenever you open the door. A lot of my neighbors here
    have invisible fencing and have had good luck with it. One of my good friends
    has several acres and her dh installed it for their dog. I know it's not
    terribly cheap but it may be cheaper than conventional fencing. Of course it
    doesn't work for the person trying to keep people out of her yard, but would
    keep your dogs in.
    Kathy

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    FWIW, a lot of dog rescues won't adopt a dog out to someone with invisible
    fencing. The problem is that if the dog does somehow cross the barrier, the
    fencing will also keep it from getting back into the yard.

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    On the vandal issue try contacting the Police department and the Bus company
    about it they might have some suggestions.

    Now for the fence. The first thing that comes to mind would be to plant a
    couple large/tall bushes next to the fence where the bent fence is after
    trying to straighten it up some. The only other thing that I can say is to
    try a picket fence type thing. If you do that than just make it like 4 foot
    tall so it keeps people out but doesn't block the view. I think that no
    matter what kind of fence that you have you will have problems because of
    where you are located. I wish you luck.

    Susan

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    I do rescue work extensively and you're right we do frown on invisible
    fencing. Another BIG concern is that it does NOT keep other dogs out of your
    yard and the resident dog could be injured.

    Jamie N. Butler
    Belleville, IL
    Shiba Inu Rescue

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