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Old 09-20-2018, 12:46 PM   #1
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As the title suggests, I want to build a rather small section of wood privacy fence. 8' wide x about 15' long. The ground is extremely Ricky and hard with lots of trees, so likely root issues as well. I can fairly easily drive t-posts in the ground, but have no desire to try to dig and set wood or metal posts.

My thought is to drive the t-posts, then get some chain link fence posts and set them over the t-post then clamp 2x4 stringers to the chain link posts and hang the wood fence as usual.

Any reason this is a bad idea?
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How deep is the frost line there? I understand that you don't want to dig but a 1 man auger might help.
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As the title suggests, I want to build a rather small section of wood privacy fence. 8' wide x about 15' long. The ground is extremely Ricky and hard with lots of trees, so likely root issues as well. I can fairly easily drive t-posts in the ground, but have no desire to try to dig and set wood or metal posts.

My thought is to drive the t-posts, then get some chain link fence posts and set them over the t-post then clamp 2x4 stringers to the chain link posts and hang the wood fence as usual.

Any reason this is a bad idea?
An older brother built a real nice fence with the same concept but rather than metal chain link post he discovered there is a PVC pipe that is a snug fit over the T posts. He capped the top so it would look at least 2nd class even though he fenced with cattle panels because it was just to keep the digging dog from an area. I don't recall the pipe size but it probably doesn't matter much because I suspect T post sizes vary more then PVC pipe dimensions. I do recall his being a real snug fit.


For safety, I recommend doing the ONE CALL even though it's just fence posts.
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Old 09-20-2018, 02:01 PM   #4
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How tall?


The real metal T-posts, in the longer length , sold at the farm stores might work for one no more than 5' tall if done on a 6' spacing. Skip the metal sleeve and attach directly to the t-post. Then simply box it in.
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The chain link posts are unnecessary cost and add unnecessary weight to the fence. If not secured to the t posts, they will be loose and allow movement.

If you are just looking to attach wood to T posts, Id look at something like this.
https://afence.com/store/T-POST-LINE-WOOD-ADP.html
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The chain link posts are unnecessary cost and add unnecessary weight to the fence. If not secured to the t posts, they will be loose and allow movement.

If you are just looking to attach wood to T posts, I’d look at something like this.
https://afence.com/store/T-POST-LINE-WOOD-ADP.html
That should do exactly what I need. Thanks!

To answer the other questions.....

I believe frost is 24". I'm not at all worried about heaving or anything. Just building a small fence against a very small cabin at the lake on a primitive site. I have no running water, electricity, etc at this point. The only purpose is to somewhat protect a generator, keep barrels of water, store a few items from looking cluttered and some privacy for a shower.

Dig safe....understood, but nothing here to locate.

On the south side posts are 6' spaced. Have only set one post on east side and I'll likely slave then the same.
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