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Old 05-06-2015, 11:20 AM   #1
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Need An Idea Of A Time Frame To Build A Fence.


I had a customer ask me to bid a fence. I am not a fence guy so I have no idea how long it should take.

I need to remove 24 8 foot sections and all the posts on two sides of the house and then replace same. It is 1x6 that is on alternating sides and changes from 6 foot to 5 foot in parts.

The originals are a 7 inch board, can I get 7 inch boards?

Also any ideas to makes this go faster would be appreciated. It should be a fun project if I can sell it.
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Re: Need An Idea Of A Time Frame To Build A Fence.


A lot has to do with what you have on hand to remove the old posts and if they will come out clean or break off.Setting posts in concrete?Can you just whack the old ones off and offset the new ones.?A 1x8 is 7.25" wide.A lot of variables to give you a definitive answer.Need more info to be of much help?

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Re: Need An Idea Of A Time Frame To Build A Fence.


130' lg, 6' h, 3 guys, 8 hours, for our L shaped fence from scratch over uneven terrain, IIRC.
I'd think the post holes would take up the most time. 15, including a gate.

So, figuring manhours per posthole and manhours per foot would be a good start.

I'd get at least five samples from the Web to have some certainty in your bid.

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I usually stop in the evening after leaving another job and do the layout if setting post in concrete.I lay it out and then set the terminal posts.That way they are solid the next day to string a line and set the line post.
If you have a bobcat and a chain that will make quick work of pulling the old posts.I do not own one but have access to one.When I don't I pull the posts with an old railroad upright jack and a chain.
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I've also had several cases where the posts cannot be moved. For pulling posts, you can build an a frame from some of the posts that are easier to remove then use a chain and hoist. Or rent a post puller.
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No heavy equipment and it is just me. We discussed a week by myself, so it sounds like I am good on the time. Off setting may be the way to go. Rent an auger and go to town. It seems like a lot of effort to pull them for not much gain.
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"MP-3 Manual Post Puller is meant to pull posts up to 4" x 4" wood posts or 4" x 6" H column beams. Do not over-
load the post puller. It is designed as a 3 ton puller. "


From a photo, the Harbor Freight model needs a lot more downward force on the handle [How much do you weigh? ] than the MP-3. And it has no ratchet.

With 3 tons force necessary, a comealong hooked to a nearby tree may not be strong enough to vertically pull some posts but a sideways force at the top of the post gives you some leverage and may weaken the post holding power. Or it will snap off the post.

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I think I have this worked out. My other question is what fasteners to use. If it was mine, I wouldn't worry too much and just use screws, but I am thinking they are too slow.

What do you fence guys use? I have a stick nailer and up til a year or so ago I had a coil siding gun, , but I can borrow one if needed. Or are ceramic coated screws the way to go?

Edit: Just talked to my fastener guy and 100 bucks for stainless seems like the way to go.
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Not a fence guy but have built a hundred or so.Have never used screws on a fence.I won't detail what I use because it will probably cause some arguments.Just be aware of the lumber you are going to use and any reaction it may have with the fasteners.
Screws are not needed .Not because they are slower .They are just not necessary.
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I used to screw every board in.. It was terrible and I hardly made any money on fences. Ive started to staple the pickets on and screw the 1x4 trim on which has been a real time saver
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I will not use staples on a fence.Have never found any that hold up well.
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Think we've got a little spam going on here?
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I hate spam. Especially in my thread. I feel sorry for them though as they are idiots and don't even know it. Probably all the preservatives in that stuff.
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Re: Need An Idea Of A Time Frame To Build A Fence.


Man ,I feel strange now,I was on here early this morning and there was a post #1 from some guy asking about a fence or something and had a link on his post going to some kind of "Buying gold thing".
Hence the spam post of mine.I feel a bit strange now seeing that it's gone and no reference to it.I know I didn't dream this chit up or was it just removed by the mods?
My post is still here and you guys are probably wondering what the hell is wrong with me?
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Nope. It was there. You're not hallucinating.
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Re: Need An Idea Of A Time Frame To Build A Fence.


What the hell is wrong with that Mako guy???
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Re: Need An Idea Of A Time Frame To Build A Fence.


Thanks Vinyl.For a minute I thought I was back in the 70's

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What do you prefer to screws? I have built plenty of fences and have always used screws, but the only reason I have is that's the the way my dad used to do it.
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I use the appropriate nail for he job.I understand the staple argument and the people that say staple will hold better than nails but the staples they use always seem to be a much smaller diameter than the nails and will fail in less time.They also do not have the coating on them to hold up as the nails do.
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Re: Need An Idea Of A Time Frame To Build A Fence.


Say for 1x6 pickets what's an appropriate nail? Ringshank galvy?

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