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Old 05-19-2011, 09:39 AM   #1
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I recently purchased a house and most of my yard is enclosed in a wooden fence. But there is an area with an old run down chain link fence. I would like to convert this fence using the fence poles (Gas line runs in this general area, but no one can tell me exactly where). I would like to extend the fence up about 3 more feet for some privacy and possibly extend it into my current wooden fence

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Old 05-19-2011, 10:08 AM   #2
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If you are in the USA. google 'miss utility' they will come out and locate your utility lines.

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I tried that. Where I am it is called Louisiana One Call, I called them shortly after moving in to locate all my utilities. All I have gotten from them was an area where it might be
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If it is the typical (4ft ?) chain link fence, I don't see those posts supporting a standard 6' wood fence. Not sure where in La you are, but I'm there too and when Gustav came through, I was scared for the 4x4's supporting my wood fence.
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I am over in LaPlace, right around the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
Yes it is a 4 foot chain link fence.
I have been thinking of using 2x4's on each side to make some sort of brace to nail in the wooden planks. Or getting another post that is slightly larger and putting it over the existing post and using bolts to connect them

After it is up, I am hoping to put some sort of climbing vine or it, to make it look a little better

Most of the fence did well for Katrina, there was on spot that came down and the previous owner did a crappy job repairing it, which will be my job after this. I get to repair a fence where the 4x4's were not cemented in properly
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They should be able to tell you where the gas line is within a foot in each direction. That being said, culd you simply place the new stronger posts in the same location as the existing? You'd have to go a little deeper, of course. Is the approximate gas line location running parallel to the fence or crossing underneath?
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Thought about that, but the area the pipe is in runs between the two gate poles

Is there any sort of fence extender I can use then coem back and plant something that will cover the chain link area of the fence

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