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Any ideas for an inexpensive privacy fence?

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Ive been looking online at fencing, what I like is the bamboo but I have a Large area to cover and looks like that'll run into a lot...what I have is a 4 ft high chainlink fence and I want something I can attach to that so I can't see the neighbors and they can't see in, I need at least 6 feet tall...any ideas?

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You can look into the mesh that they use to put over chainlink around tennis courts. I think no matter what you look at it is going to be expensive. Privacy and luxury always come at a cost roll

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The fence it is going tp attach to is only 4 ft high so it would have to be something ridgid so the 2 ft stand upright.....I actually haven't looked yet lowes or home depot but Im thinking they just have the 8 ft panels of the wood fencing, I need so much whatever I use is going to be pricey I guess

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There are those aluminum or plastic strips you can 'weave' into the chainlink -- but that does not STOP someone from seeing thru, it just makes it LESS see-thru, you know? Also they rattle somethin' awful in the wind.

Honestly there is nothing you can do to make it totally opaque that is ALSO cheap and ALSO not going to either blow off in the first storm or cause your FENCE to blow over in the first storm. Chainlink posts are not generally installed to support the kind of wind load that a totally solid privacy fence gives you.

You could try a high percentage shadecloth. Again, it will not be totally opaque but will make things less obvious; and it will increase wind load a bit but not IME *too* much.

You can't make it 6' tall and opaque without it going to go over in a strong wind. Sorry.

Good luck, have fun,

Pat

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I am getting ready to put up 4X4 PT and just put up PT lattice  so none can see what it is just by driving by LO(L the guys behind me do not care they like eggs LOL

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have you looked into the rolled fencing that looks like little sticks? It may be the bamboo you mention. Can you place the fencing here and there, intersperced with plants? That would help finances. We have shrubs on the west side hiding our coop and fencing on the east side that the neighbors put up as well as behind us. We have 'shared' fencing.  We planted the shrubs on the west to grow higher than the 6' fence as the kids would climb the fence and watch us having dinner with guests on the patio. Not cool. The shrubs are now 10 feet tall. : )

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Originally Posted by patandchickens 

There are those aluminum or plastic strips you can 'weave' into the chainlink -- but that does not STOP someone from seeing thru, it just makes it LESS see-thru, you know? Also they rattle somethin' awful in the wind.

Honestly there is nothing you can do to make it totally opaque that is ALSO cheap and ALSO not going to either blow off in the first storm or cause your FENCE to blow over in the first storm. Chainlink posts are not generally installed to support the kind of wind load that a totally solid privacy fence gives you.

You could try a high percentage shadecloth. Again, it will not be totally opaque but will make things less obvious; and it will increase wind load a bit but not IME *too* much.

You can't make it 6' tall and opaque without it going to go over in a strong wind. Sorry.

Good luck, have fun,

Pat


I guess that the bamboo would be good for that, it's lightweight and not solid so the air could go thru it, the chainlink has been up for yrs but seems pretty solid, my neighbor has his place very neat and tidy  however he has a lot a scrap metal and he put it behind his shed which is right on the other side of the fence by my chickens. So now I look at this heap sitting right on the other side of the fence, of course he can't see it but I can when Im with the chickens. So I need something to camouflage it and I figured Id go higher than my fence, it'll hide more. But while I was at it I may as well cover a good part of the yard and it'll be more private. He hasn't complained about my chickens or dogs that are out some, but he also does NOT like animals at all, so we'd both be happier.

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Originally Posted by silkeysandra 

have you looked into the rolled fencing that looks like little sticks? It may be the bamboo you mention. Can you place the fencing here and there, intersperced with plants? That would help finances. We have shrubs on the west side hiding our coop and fencing on the east side that the neighbors put up as well as behind us. We have 'shared' fencing.  We planted the shrubs on the west to grow higher than the 6' fence as the kids would climb the fence and watch us having dinner with guests on the patio. Not cool. The shrubs are now 10 feet tall. : )


Yes that is what Im looking at , the rolled fencing bamboo which can just be wired to an exsisiting fence, I like the way that looks and like I said he would thrilled as well....how can someone not like animals ?? !! I really don't even think my chickens bother him at all, but his scrap metal crap bugs me, looks so messy and I like the way he has it totally out of his view, his place looks neat as a pin from the front   hmm

post #9 of 29

You know what might work well? Put burlap or shadecloth on the chainlink, then attach the bamboo fencing OVER that. I bet you could not see thru the lower 4' at all that way because of the *2* semi-opaque layers. And it should not be *that* wind-load-y.

Pat

post #10 of 29

Is there a vine that he would like?

You might be able to use the fence to support it and not see each other.  It does take more care and work, but can be very pretty.  Not sure where you live, but you might be able to used something that you can eat as well.

Passionfruit vines, gourds, a row of sun flowers, sweet peas etc

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