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Old 01-21-2012, 11:30 AM   #76
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I had a similar problem, I called the city and they installed a reflective sign with arrows pointing left and right at the end of the street.
It worked.

Good luck,
You are lucky to have city administrators who responded to your request. There have been several phone calls from me about this very issue (and notes from others on this forum that say "don't call, WRITE!!!") I learned just the other day that there used to be just such signs right out front of the fence, but the street was repaved and the signs removed for paving -- but never replaced.

We are waiting to see if letters to the county will get a response. (thank you to those who said "Write!!!") In the interim, I'm putting up my OWN sign. (((sigh)))

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Re: Hot Wheels Ramp. I told the neighbor across the street about the Hot Wheels Ramp idea and she laughed, then said, "Oh, NO! That would send them right into MY wall!!" Darn. I really wanted to build it.
No you don't!!! What I didn't tell about my New Mexico experience was that the drunk who blew up the block wall was the second accident. Only 6 weeks earlier a drunk kid had a problem with the T intersection. He went airborne in his pickup, went through my neighbor's attic and bedroom cieling and slammed into my study (a 2nd bedroom) about 8 ft up (made quite a mess of it) and slid down to wedge between my house and a block wall between the houses. In fact, the contractors had just finished repairing us and were to come the next morning (Monday) to sign off on the work.
We sold the house.
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Whew! Sounds like your previous fence should have gotten some frequent flyer miles!!

I'm in a better situation - 1/2 an acre behind the fence so any flying is done into my back yard, not into my house!!

Hate to admit it, but you made me laugh with, "We sold the house."
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Hi All. Thanks to all of you for making me laugh during that stressful time and for giving me amazing advice on my fence problem about a year ago. Just a quick up-date: I got my property surveyed, put solar lights every 7 feet on the top of the fence, blue reflectors on the end that faces the leg of the intersection, then went with the boulders; twelve of them all along the fence. This winter there was a major change in traffic along my road. People drove with care and respect and my fence wasn't hit once all winter! At the same time I've allowed a grove of aspen trees to grow in front of the boulders. They are on the county property but no one takes care of that strip of boulevard but me so up they grow. They are anywhere from 2 to 5 feet tall now. By the beginning of Fall they should look like actual trees. Next time someone decides to crash through my fence they will have to drive through a forest and smash into boulders before they get through!!! The only down side is that the guy who did the initial damage never did take responsibility for it, refusing to admit his guilt even when parts of the fence were found under his hood. And get this --- he died before it went to court so the cost of repair and lights etc. is mine. When I heard he had died I didn't know whether to celebrate or cry. One thing is certain - he won't be smashing through any more fences!!! Thank you ALL again. This was a fun and super-helpful forum!
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Chinagirl, thank you for coming back and letting us know how things turned out.
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The death of someone who is causing you grief definitely leaves you with mixed emotions. Plenty of people die, leaving nothing behind but a mess. They won't clean up their mess ever now, but they won't make it any bigger now either. Inevitably, we all must face up to the harm we've done in life.

You may want to consider thinning out the Aspen a bit. They will grow quicker if they aren't competing with each other. Those trees naturally grow in very thick to keep other trees from growing and eventually the less successful ones die off anyways. A little human intervention can accelerate things.
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This is a long thread and someone may have mentioned this but you could build a fence on top of a couple of feet of concrete block. I'm in New York City and a good percentage corner posts of chain link fences are dented from crashes. A car ran through a fence across the street from me and the owner rebuilt it on a short concrete block wall.
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I would try to find some steel pipes about 8" dia 6' long, space them across the property wide enough so cars can't get through them.

Dig holes about 3 feet deep and put the steel pipes in each hole and fill the hole and pipe with concrete.

Maybe you can buy them from a local junk yard.

Don' worry if they hit them you'll hear it plus you'll have enough time to get the license number and call the cops, they will pay for themselves.
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Dorado, this is a very long thread and if you have the time, it's a really fun read. These folks on DIY are both super helpful and super funny. I'm glad I asked the initial question because the often wild suggestions still make me laugh when I think of them (which I do each time I see my fence and boulders.) I am still in awe of the creativity and fun mixed in with serious and empathetic help. Coldiron, I have yet to fully replace the fence - I just might add the concrete (suggested by others too). Thanks!
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I would try to find some steel pipes about 8" dia 6' long, space them across the property wide enough so cars can't get through them.
Friend solved a mailbox problem that way. Sunk a couple of steel pipes along the embankment leading to his mailbox. But far enough back as to not be a problem for the mailman.

Next time a pickup full of idiots went to 'hit a home run' on this mailbox they got the oil pain shredded by the posts.
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My recommendation would be a dry stack stone fence. No mortar is used, its just stones stacked together. It actually has a lot of give to it so people that hit it with their cars will likely be glad they hit it because it will slow them down but not like an immovable object would. There are not a lot of good options but this on is probably safest for car and the property and will look great.

They sell dry stack stone material all over the country but this is what it looks like.

http://www.hickoryridgestone.com/sto...ral-stone.html

After the accident, you just restack the stones and your wall is ready to go for the next drunk.

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If my place was constantly ruined by irresponsible drivers do you think I would worry about their safety?? I don't think so. I would just go out look and see what happened then call 911, then take their license number and have their insurance Company replace my pipes and fix my damage. Cold Blooded.

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