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Thread: Cheap Fencing HELP
02-15-2006, 02:44 PM #1
Cheap Fencing HELP
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
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
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??????
Tanya in FL
From: "harriedmomof3" <
Date: Sat Mar 22, 2003 12:14 pm
Subject: Cheap Fencing HELP xpost
02-15-2006, 02:44 PM #2
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!
02-15-2006, 02:44 PM #3
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
Theresa In Fl,
02-15-2006, 02:44 PM #4
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
Also check with dealers located in
pricey neighborhoods. I have found
that's where the best deals are.
02-15-2006, 02:44 PM #5
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.
02-15-2006, 02:44 PM #6
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.
02-15-2006, 02:45 PM #7
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
Shiba Inu Rescue
02-15-2006, 02:45 PM #8
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.
02-15-2006, 02:45 PM #9
WOW lots of creative ideas for fencing (btw it is a school bus stop
on our corner I am considering planting "dangerous" plants as
hedging and just leaving the fencing as best I can fix it....
THANKS to all who had suggestions!
Tanya in FL
02-15-2006, 02:45 PM #10
Also doesn't keep OTHER dogs out.
02-15-2006, 02:46 PM #11
I realize that there are drawbacks to invisible fencing but if you cannot afford
to fence a whole yard it is a better alternative than no fencing at all. It is
quite effective if your dog is trained well. One of my neighbors has a huge
chocolate lab and he doesn't even think about crossing it. For dogs like my
little rascal who loves to escape, it would probably be my best alternative
since I can't afford to fence my whole yard.
02-15-2006, 02:46 PM #12
How about some nice holly trees by the fence? Or some Roses with big thorns
02-15-2006, 02:47 PM #13
Have you checked out the silk floss trees? I heard a guy once refer to them
as "wife beater" trees. The trunks are totally covered with very
mean-looking, very sharp, thorns.
02-15-2006, 02:47 PM #14
We had one of these at our Condo in Florida. The roots went crazy and
started to break into the pool. We had to have the tree removed and the
pool fixed. You might have trouble with these getting into a septic system
or into your sewer lines
02-15-2006, 02:48 PM #15
Be careful with the invisible fencing. Neighborhood dogs can come in, pick
a fight with your dog and the dog won't be able to get way if it's getting
it's butt kicked.