How to make a privacy fence taller

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How to make a privacy fence taller
Add a few planks to make a privacy fence taller. (fence image by chrisharvey from

Distracting neighbours or dilapidated buildings next door can detract from the pleasure of sitting in a beautiful back garden. Solve this problem by making your fence taller. Extra height can make a world of difference in what you see and hear. Additionally, making your privacy fence taller can make a fun weekend project.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fence post
  • Twine
  • Bamboo fencing
  • Gloves

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  1. 1

    Measure your existing fence posts then decide how much taller you would like the fence to be.

  2. 2

    Count the number of fence posts around your perimeter and buy that number of new posts from your local DIY or gardening centre. Each new post should be 30 cm (1 foot) longer than the height you wish to add to your fence. Be sure to pick posts of the same material and shape as your existing posts.

  3. 3

    Tie the new posts to the existing fence posts with heavy-duty twine or wire. Overlap the poles by 30 cm (1 foot). Turn the wire clockwise, making sure to make at least five complete wraps per post.

  4. 4

    Measure the perimeter around your current fenced in area. Buy enough bamboo panelling to go around the entire perimeter of the fence.

  5. 5

    Use the heavy-duty twine or wire to tie the bamboo fencing to your new post extensions. Start with a corner or end post and stretch the bamboo roll all the way to the other side of the fence, attaching it with twine to each extension post as you go.

Tips and warnings

  • Fencing extensions come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Shop around to find the kind that best reflects your taste.
  • Tie the new posts and bamboo tightly.
  • Wear gloves for protection against splinters.

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