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Old 07-22-2017, 07:00 AM   #1
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Removal of Vine on Fence


I have a vine that is growing on the fence. I am having the fence replaced, but the contractor indicated that the vine has to be removed before they start the work. I believe fence contractors make a deal with recycle places, thus is why the vine probably needs to be removed.

What is the best way to remove the vines? The vines are pretty much dead. I have a reciprocating saw that I will try to use and see how that works.

note: the photo is a few months old. The retaining wall looks a bit better since I removed some of the vine. The fence still looks the same.
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I'd pull, cut and rip the vine off. Some of it should come off easily but some will probably make you fight for every inch.
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The pruners with about 2' handles might be sufficient and easier than the reciprocating saw. The saw will sometimes not like smaller diameter vines that will just shake back and forth. Larger diameters, saw away.

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I think I would try electric pruning shears.

I would also try some 24" bolt cutters. Cut fence and remove sections of wire and vines together.
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"the contractor indicated that the vine has to be removed before they start the work."

Maybe they saw poison ivy.
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The pruners with about 2' handles might be sufficient and easier than the reciprocating saw. The saw will sometimes not like smaller diameter vines that will just shake back and forth. Larger diameters, saw away.

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I was hoping the reciprocating saw would be quicker. The vine is dead so I could just hit it with a sledgehammer and I think it might just crack, though probably more work then trying the reciprocating saw first. The vine looks intertwined with the fence, so might just be braced enough to just cut right near the fence.

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I think I would try electric pruning shears.

I would also try some 24" bolt cutters. Cut fence and remove sections of wire and vines together.
I've never seen electric pruning shears. This looks like it might work even faster then the reciprocating saw. I might look into this if the reciprocating saw doesn't work.

I'll post some photos once I try out a section.
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This great for cutting extension cords. Might work on vines.
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if I wanted to do it in a few minutes, I'd take a chain saw to the things about 6 inches up from the ground and then work on pulling them off. But do not get the chainsaw anywhere near the ground.
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This great for cutting extension cords. Might work on vines.
LOL, can't tell you how many I have cut
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This great for cutting extension cords. Might work on vines.
That looks like one of those shark noses. No idea what it is.

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if I wanted to do it in a few minutes, I'd take a chain saw to the things about 6 inches up from the ground and then work on pulling them off. But do not get the chainsaw anywhere near the ground.
I do have a small chain saw that I can try. I'll try the reciprocating saw first, then the chain saw. If neither works, I have a lopper but that might be a bit time consuming. I'll give it a go tomorrow on the next day. Maybe today if it cools off.
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It is an electric hedge shear.

Using your reciprocating saw you are going to have to hold the vine with on hand while you cut with the other. Cutting one vine at a time.

With the hedge shears you can run it flat or parallel along the fence and give it a haircut like a barber using his clippers to give a Marine a high and tight.
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This great for cutting extension cords. Might work on vines.
I had one of those, that's why i now have this battery operated one.


http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-ONE...606B/206542635
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It is an electric hedge shear.

Using your reciprocating saw you are going to have to hold the vine with on hand while you cut with the other. Cutting one vine at a time.

With the hedge shears you can run it flat or parallel along the fence and give it a haircut like a barber using his clippers to give a Marine a high and tight.
The vine is pretty hardy. I used a reciprocating saw on the bigger vines, but ended up using a lopper for most of it. The reciprocating saw did some quick work when I was able to use it. It took about 3 hours to do the back fence and side fence. I just have a small section left on the other side fence.

Now I have to clean up the mess. It will probably take several green recycle loads to get rid of it all.
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Congratulations, good job.
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Here is a photo of the new fence. I think it came out pretty nice. The colors are actually more vibrant in person.

I was thinking of using a clear stain or maybe something that would not change the color, but deepen it. I wasn't sure if a clear stain would last just as long as a darker stain. Or if a clear stain would cause too much sunlight to damage the wood.

note: I still need to get rid of those vine roots on the wall. I think I will just spray it again with a weed killer and wait it out.
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