Add to top of fence?

Old 03-19-05, 06:30 AM
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I have a 6' wood privacy fence that's 1 yr. old. It has 4x4 vertical posts with 2x4's horizontals between. As luck would have it, the property behind us is developing into another subdivision. The developer has moved the dirt and has raised the elevation to the point where the houses are higher than the fence. Thus negating the privacy fence. Question: Would it be o.k. to add another 4' onto the existing fence? Would wind be a factor? I had thought about planting trees or holly bushes to block the view but that would take too long to grow. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
Old 03-19-05, 03:34 PM
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Start by checking with your local bldg. dept. A 10' fence, at least where I'm at, would have to be engineered (expensive, especially because you have have to build a new fence, not just add to the old one.)

Check with the developer (or maybe the bldg. dept. can answer the question for you) -- is he going to add fences?? If they aren't in his plan, it would probably be cheaper for you to pay him to do so than it would be to have yours engineered and rebuilt!

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