Rebecca R
Rebecca R
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  • Las Vegas, NV
Asked on Feb 8, 2012

I have an old wood fence

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I have an old wood fence, I can't afford to replace it, but I do waterseal in on a regular basis to keep it up. However, my neighbor does not feel the same way and waters it all sumer long (along with his grass). He like the rustic look. What do I do.
11 answers
  • Rebecca, do you own the fence and is it on your own property? If the answer is yes to both of those, then your neighbor really has no choice but to listen to what you want to do. It is then your property which your neighbor may be ruining.

  • Rebecca R
    on Feb 8, 2012

    Yes it is mine. I have asked him multiple times to no avail. I can't go on his side to seal it or can I? Not sure how to save it. Call the city?

  • Does the fence run exactly on the property line or is it even an inch or more on your side? You can try to give the city a call and see what they say, shouldn't hurt.

  • Rebecca R
    on Feb 8, 2012

    It is all on my side. You did give me an idea, even if it will be a lot of work...Take a few pieces down, coat them, then put them back up.

  • If it is entirely on your property then I see no reason you can not do with your fence as you wish (baring an HOA or something similar). Your neighbor can not do something that damages your property. It would be similar to the neighbor deciding they didn't like the look of it and knocking it down I would think, then again I am certainly no lawyer - though we do have one that is a member here. Perhaps he will chime in if/when he sees this.

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Feb 8, 2012

    Can you stay on talking terms with your neighbor so you can pressure wash and seal the fence a driftwood grey color on his side? This is the color the wood weathers naturally. Best, Charles

  • Rebecca R
    on Feb 8, 2012

    Thats a great idea Peace. Now to get him to swing for the cost of the stain.

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Feb 8, 2012

    ? If it is your fence, shouldn't you buy the stain?

  • Paint it bright red! That will fix him. Realistically this person is your neighbor, you need to get along. You need to inform him that you need to do maintenance to the fence not only for your reasons, but to keep the fence looking good for him to look at. If he says you cannot go on the property you need to seek the advice of the building department and if they are not willing to help, seek the advice of a local attorney who will sort this issue out for you. Its hard when someone will not work with others, but it does happen from time to time. But do the neighborly thing first and tell them what you want to do and if he would mind you doing this. But if they fight and you end up with permission only by going the harder route. Paint it an obnoxious color. They cannot touch this if its on your property.

  • Dana
    on May 26, 2012

    Maybe the neighbor and you could negotiate spliting the cost of a new fence made of something more durable. Block or the new plastic materials.

  • DEB S
    on May 26, 2012

    at least power wash your side

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