How can I make a fence taller?

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How can I make a fence taller?

So you have a 6-foot fence in your backyard, but you need an 8-foot fence? Fortunately, there are quite a few ways to make a fence taller. Depending upon the type of fence you have, it can be simple or more complicated, but definitely easy for any homeowner to accomplish. Extending a chain length fence would require a bit more work. Making a wooden fence taller only requires adding more wood slats to the existing wood slats. This article will discuss how to make a block wall fence taller.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Table saw
  • 2-by-4 lumber
  • Drill motor
  • Masonry bit
  • 1/4-inch by 4-inch galvanised concrete screws
  • Screw gun
  • Nail gun
  • 16-penny nails
  • Fence slats

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  1. 1

    Determine how much taller you need to make your fence. Adding a foot of extra fence to a block wall only requires making a pony wall a foot tall, securing it to the block wall, and attaching attractive wood slats to the yard side.

  2. 2

    Measure the length of the wall to determine the amount of material you will need. Measure and cut 2-by-4 lumber so you have enough 1-foot wall supports to extend the length of the wall, placing one every 16 inches on centre.

  3. 3

    Create a bottom wall plate by screwing down 2-by-4 material along the top of the concrete wall. Pre-drill holes in the block every 16 inches using a masonry bit and a drill motor.

  4. 4

    Place the lumber on the wall and screw it down through the pre-drilled holes with 1/4-inch by 4-inch galvanised concrete screws and a screw gun.

  5. 5

    Nail the 1-foot wall supports to the wall plate every 16 inches on centre. Use a nail gun and 16-penny nails. Put the nails in at an angle--two on each side, to prevent the boards from twisting.

  6. 6

    Place a 2-by-4 wall plate across the top of the wall supports. Nail the plate straight down through each wall support using 16-penny nails and a nail gun.

  7. 7

    Attach 18-inch-by-3-inch fence slats to the yard side of the pony wall right next to each other the entire length of the wall. The fence slats provide the necessary privacy. Place a nail through the fence slats into the top and bottom plates.

Tips and warnings

  • Shop around for the style of decorative fence slat to add the right look to your yard. Fence slats come in many different shapes, sizes, colours and textures.
  • Always wear gloves to protect your hands from power tools and wood splinters. Wear goggles to protect your eyes.

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