Building a Privacy Fence


September 14, 2009

Does anyone know where I can purchase (other than Home Depot or Lowe's) reasonably priced wooden privacy fencing panels or individual boards that I can have installed?


By Edith Benson from Charlotte, NC


September 15, 20090 found this helpful

You can place an ad on Craigslist in your area, under "wanted". Sometimes people have leftovers from a project that they have completed, and would like to get some of their money back for items not used. Good luck.

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September 16, 20090 found this helpful

Did you ever consider that some things are so very basic that they absolutely cannot be more simple? Like fences that can never magically appear for free? If you don't have the tools or experience to do it yourself, you'll have to pay someone that does! Maybe inlaws?

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

If you're looking for new, try your local hardware or lumber store. For gently used, try your local salvage store. If you have a Habitat Restore place in your town, call or visit and ask if they have any in stock. I've never tried to get this kind of thing at our local thrift stores, but it never hurts to ask.
Last but not least, if you belong to either Freecycle or Cheapcycle, put out a "wanted" post there.
Be prepared to end up at a retail store and pay full price, though. Unfortunately, that's what we ended up doing. Thank God hubby's nephew was willing to donate labor! And, thank God hubby had expertise enough to help!

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I have been looking for an easy inexpensive way to make a privacy barrier. We live on a corner block and finally are able to afford a side fence but this still leaves a space where people can see through to the back of the house. I am not a handy person and don't have access to any relative with a bit of muscle, so I need it to be easily done.

Sharyl from South Australia


October 9, 20080 found this helpful

Plant bushes or vines next to or onto the privacy fence.

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October 12, 20080 found this helpful

Hi -- I am not sure what you need, and the poster who suggested shrubs might be the long term solution. However, my son had an idea for his fence in the city. There were regulations as to the height of the fence, and he wished to make it higher to block off the view of the alley, so he extended the height of the fence with a frame, and purchased camo net from the army surplus store. He hung the net over the frame, and it provides the visual barrier. The net is olive green with some sort of fabric "leaves" in it. It works very well, and may be an idea for you.

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August 7, 2009

I need to know if l need longer posts, if I step off on a privacy fence with a drop of about twenty inches from point a to b? I also need to know that if I place the panels on center won't there be a partial reveal of the post at the top when the next panel is dropped in place?

By bob rainville from Colonie, NY


August 11, 20090 found this helpful

Just step it down a little as you go down the hill. I made my post higher with a decorative top. It takes a little time to do this but it makes the fence look so much better. All I did was 45 deg. cut on top and about 45 deg. notch about 5" down from top. They look like a line of light post running down fence line. I know everybody has their own taste.

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