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Title: Building a privacy fence
Post by: JakeHazelip on September 23, 2003 10:32:42 AM
I'm new here, so I apologize if this is in the wrong forum.  I'm fishing for ideas.

My wife is in school full time, I work full time, and we own our home.  With a single income, I believe we qualify for the distinction of po'.

A friend of mine at work once told me a story about a neighbor of his parents.  This neighbor purchased a large number, as in several pallets, of surplussed military skis.  Using left over shelving brackets from a closed grocery store in the area, he removed the bootings from the skis, and erected an, by all accounts, attractive privacy fence.  The shelving was spray painted with rustoleum, or some such color to match the skis and protect them, and the fence has stood since.

This story has been stuck in my head for a while now.  Particularly now that we'd like to put up a fence.

Can anyone help me to figure out what I can use and how to use it to erect my own unique privacy fence?  I'm in a wonderful position to do so, since there aren't any homeowners' association militants about.  No HOA at all, actually.

Should I just scrap it and save up my money to buy the fence panels and do it the common way, or is there a way I can have a really great, and unique fence?

Thanks for your kind attention,

Title: Re:Building a privacy fence
Post by: leah on September 23, 2003 12:18:49 PM
What a great opportunity to do something a little bit out of the ordinary.

I don't have any ideas just yet but I recently saw a home improvement show on TV that talked about the best materials for fences so that they don't rot.

I guess you can get all plastic fences these days that are made to look like painted wood.  Or you can get this wierd hybrid where it's wood at the top and plastic where it goes into the ground.

Anyway, I'm guessing that you're more fishing for cool ideas than worrying about materials right now.  I'll have to mull this over........... hmmm.........

Title: Re:Building a privacy fence
Post by: dicharry on September 24, 2003 04:09:04 PM
hey, check out the hgtv website ( - they have buckets of ideas on recycled home improvements and creative reusing ideas and such.  i made a clothing rack out of pvc pipes with one of their suggestions.