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dunhill225 12-13-2012 12:53 PM

fence footing question
Ok I'm new so be gentle ....

Anyway I am building my first fence, pressure treated, screws not nails, 30+" footings in concrete, etc... but I have ONE section that I can't get a post in...tree roots from neighbors tree. And yes its a good 6 foot area so my question is this- in a 100' section of fence wood it be a problem to not really foot one post? People construct doublebgates that wide. I was thinking of footing what I can and just reinforcing everything in those 2 sections...I can't think of another solution.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you

brockmiera 12-13-2012 01:48 PM

I just built a new fence and ran in to the same thing because I was replacing a chainlink fence. No way I could dig out the previous footer due to roots (that weren't mine btw)

Is the post you are leaving out going to be in a corner? What is the spacing of your main posts?

A simple sketch would help a lot.

kwikfishron 12-13-2012 02:06 PM

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A sawzall will get it out of the way. How big is this root?

COLDIRON 12-13-2012 04:48 PM


Originally Posted by kwikfishron (Post 1072414)
A sawzall will get it out of the way. How big is this root?

X2 Yea that"s the way to get it out of the way.

dunhill225 12-14-2012 05:22 AM

The problem is its the neighbors tree. I dont want to do anything thay will lead to the trees death. Its a damn big root! If it wasnt a sawzaw would work great, hell if it wont hurt the tree to lose a large root I will still go that route so if anyone can say with certainty that it would be fine....I'll just cut it.
Another option I thought of is taking a thinner metal pole.... driving it thru the root or finding a spot rt by there that I can drive one down 3 feet or so and bolting the fence post to it. I saw the woman on 'rehab adict' attach posts to existing metal posts in an episode so that made me thing of this. Now the post would not be "footed" but it would just be one post not footed and should still be strong 'enough'. Does that seem like an option?

Like I said IF cutting one large root wont harm the tree I will gladly go that route....if it will I am gonna need a diferent option.

Thank you greatly for the replies so far. I am not trying to sound dismissive at all, I just don't wanna hurt the guys tree.

Thanks again for any help.

rossfingal 12-14-2012 07:15 AM

Move the post out of the way of the tree root.
If you have to, add another post.


hand drive 12-14-2012 07:56 AM

^ exactly, re work the post/posts to work around the root or add a door there and this moves the posts a few feet in either direction..

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