Let’s Look At That Fence Some More

It is true that this fence is taller than the 42″ chain link fence (6′ fence boards on top of that cement retaining wall’s ledge on their side), and it is much more opaque than canvas plus chainlink. That was an improvement…



The brackets were not attached properly or even securely. They are supposed to be attached to the post AND the concrete.


A halfhearted attempt was made to magically secure the brackets to the fence posts, using a spare fence board (above).


The end was finished like this for no reason I can understand. The fence boards all had stickers on them stating they were not meant for ground contact.


Do you have faith in this construction method ? I do not have faith in this construction method.


The fence continues then it abruptly stops by their gas meter. That skinny area became a dumping ground for whatever, like surplus boards, a spare pallet and some advertising flags. I see this from my kitchen window. It’s very ugly. What am I supposed to do to lessen this visual horror ?

One section of the fence next to the driveway started to flap and flutter in the winter wind. As of Feb. 4, 2019, that section looks like this. It wrenched itself away from the SINGLE piece of duct strapping which secured it to the 4′ metal post:


Will it fall into my yard and damage/kill the Smoke Bushes I have been trying to grow, which are still little runts ? Who is going to fix this and how ?

During the shouting time with the gas station manager, he claimed materials cost $1800.00. The guy who built the fence said he was getting paid $ 800.00 or so, which I guess he had to split with his friend. $ 2600.00.

Now the length from the back post of the original chain link, to the front post of the chain link is about 60 feet. The fence does not go all the way to sidewalk due to the visibility triangle needed for drivers. 60 feet, divided by a fence post set every 8 feet is 7.5. Let’s say 8 fence posts are needed*. As of today, Feb.6. 2019, 4 x 4 x 8 pressure treated posts are $ 11.28/each.(= $ 90.24 plus tax) 12 foot posts would be more properly used so they won’t heave with frost. They are $ 17.43/ea ($ 139.44 plus tax). The posthole place I dealt with had a minimum charge of about $ 350.00, for a maximum of 8 posts.

Home Depot Canada charges $ 116.00 per 6’tall x 8′ wide PT wood fence panel. ($ 928.99 plus tax).

$ 139.44 (posts) +

$ 350.00 (post hole setting) +

$ 928.99 (premade fence panels)


Total cost before tax: $ 1417.44

13% tax : $ 184.27 + $ 1417.44 = $ 1601.71

An experienced carpenter ( $ 30.00/hr) with a helper ($ 15.00/hr) could get this installed in 8 hours or less ( $ 30.00 x 8 = $ 240.00, $ 15.00 x 8 = $ 120.00 = $ 360.00 labour), including the removal of the chain link fence and posts.

$ 1601.71 + $ 360.00 = $ 1961.71

This doesn’t include screws, or drill bits or reciprocating saw blades, but you get the idea.

  • Fence posts could have been set in the asphalt directly in front of the existing cement curb, from the retaining wall, on their side.

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