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Old 05-05-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:04 PM   #2
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Where is your beef here? He likes a tall fence. Why complain? If the city does call him on it, he might be able to call the bottom portion a retaining wall (people do that here all the time to get around the 8 foot height restriction. So from the outside, around here, you can see 12 foot walls in places.

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I wonder if his insurance company would have anything to say about this too.
I don't get why they would care, just like I don't get your beef.

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Looks to be over 8' tall
Around here you need a permit over 6' tall
Unless he pulled a permit...could be in trouble once they see it

I hope he has it secured, that's going to catch a lot of air

A fence in wind that comes loose will cause property damage
That is why his Insurance company would care

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The town allows up to a 6 foot high fence
And this is why he may have a problem with the Town
A fence is a fence, its not a retaining wall
He woud need to fill in the bottom 2' plus with dirt
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If he is 6' tall the fence is ~9' tall, if the image on my computer screen scales correctly.

Fences over 6' are presumably 'spite' fences, according to books on Neighbor Law.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spite_fence
It helps, though, that the ugly support posts are on his side.

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A fence in wind that comes loose will cause property damage
I've seen fences come down, the posts come out of the ground or break off and they flop over. They don't go razing the neighborhood.

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Fences over 6' are presumably 'spite' fences, according to books on Neighbor Law.
8' is common here, as I can peak over your 6' fence. And by calling the bottom a retaining wall I can go higher. The land here is flat, so in general there is no "blocking the view" problem.

If the retaining wall trick works where this guy lives, he will have to put a more sturdy (short) wall down and backfill with dirt, but that would work here.

If an actual neighbor does not like it, they can do something. What I don't get is someone who does not even live there getting hot under the collar about it.

What if I know someone who did work on their house but didn't get permit? Should I post about it here? Should I call the city?

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What I don't get is someone who does not even live there getting hot under the collar about it.
What I don't get is that you're getting hot under the collar and implying that the OP is upset and hot under the collar about this fence. He's obviously not. It is clear that this fence is somewhat of a monstrosity, is abnormally tall, and ridiculous. That's all. I think by asking if anyone had any hilarious comments, that was pretty clear. It's a post that was made in fun, let it go
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What I don't get is that you're getting hot under the collar and implying that the OP is upset and hot under the collar about this fence. He's obviously not. It is clear that this fence is somewhat of a monstrosity, is abnormally tall, and ridiculous. That's all. I think by asking if anyone had any hilarious comments, that was pretty clear. It's a post that was made in fun, let it go
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Personally, I deplore fences. I really do hate them. But if you are going to do a fence, you might as well do it big time, making it worthwhile to put up.
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I think they main issue with that fence is going to be throwing all your clippings and leaves over it.
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ADK, no-reason to remove your post just because one person doesn't get it
We are not afraid of offending anyone here
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I'm sorry if I was a kill joy here. It's not at all wierd here to have 8+ foot fences so yeah I didn't get it.

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Where is 'here'?

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I've seen fences come down, the posts come out of the ground or break off and they flop over. They don't go razing the neighborhood.
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A small tornado touched down in Allen Texas about two years ago, one street over from a coworker. He took lots of pictures and put them online for us to see.

Most houses simply had missing shingles and broken windows but the houses on the street where it touched down had walls ripped out and some roof decking missing.

Here in DFW everybody has a fence.

His 6 foot fence with posts set in concrete pancaked over, with most posts simply coming up out of the ground. Other fences in his neghborhood did the same, and others snapped off at the ground. In all cases the fences were right by where they started, as apposed to roof shingles, garbage cans, branches ect.

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