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guitarmaan 02-13-2013 08:29 PM

Bamboo fence - strong enough?
 
Cursed with a short block wall I'm weighing up my options for making it more private. An option I have is to build a new inner bamboo fence, within my yard.

Two reasons I like this idea are the yard layout would accomodate it very well, and I already have most of the raw materials. I have 8ft tall 2" diameter bamboo poles, and loads of 6ft high reed privacy screening plus some other screening materials.

The crucial question I have is about the bamboo poles. I suspect they are strong enough to support a 6ft fence, because bamboo has one hell of a reputation for strength. But how far into the ground do they have to be set? 2ft down would be perfect, leaving 6ft above ground to support the fence. I imagine using some kind of concrete to "plant" them in.

So would 2ft below ground be enough? And would the bamboo weather well outdoors?

Any advice would be great

gregzoll 02-13-2013 08:37 PM

How large in diameter are we talking for the poles?

guitarmaan 02-13-2013 10:13 PM

The poles are 2" diameter at base, and narrow to about 1.5" at top.

gregzoll 02-14-2013 07:41 AM

Where are you located?

guitarmaan 02-14-2013 10:44 AM

I'm in Chandler Arizona


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