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Old 06-19-2008, 11:43 PM   #1
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I am attempting to build a wood fence. My problem is that I need to use an existing metal pole (to secure post or pole) that is flush against my neighbors concrete footer that surrounds the base of his house. He does not want me to dig next to his house, so I am trying to figure out how to secure a larger pole over it. Any advise would be be appreciated. I have photo. Thanks

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Can you post a pic?

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What is the set back from the property line for the type of fence you plan on installing?
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Can you "sleeve" the metal post by building a wood frame around the metal pole?
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If the post is very close to the house you could cut a dado in the wood post to accomodate the metal post (surrounding the metal post on three sides). The dado could be formed with a series of several lengthwise cuts with a circular saw about 1/8" apart, and some chisel work. Three or four bolts or self-drilling metal screws could be used to secure the wood post to the metal post.
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Having trouble uploading pic. Thanks everyone for the great advice. I am going to try bofusmosby's idea and "sleeve" it. This is a great forum!
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did it work out?
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It did work out great! The pole is an ancient 2 1/4" filled with concrete set in a concrete footer. The pole is flush against my neighbors concrete footer that surrounds the base of his house. It is solid! I sleeved it in with four 1x4x8 which I precut, cutting one board shorter to rest on the house footer, then boxed it in and reinforced with 1-5/8" deck screws. I secured the backboard and sides first, then dropped it down onto the pole and closed it up with the outside board. I prepainted both sides of the boards anticipating that it would be impossible to do once the post was built. I may fill it with concrete mix to stabilize it.
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Glad it worked for you. Remember, where there's a will, there's a way!

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