Build fence behind fence?


Our neighbors behind us and on right side have built a fence many years ago just on the property line (don’t care about that) their fence is rotten and only 5 feet. My front fence I built is taller and I’d like to have a completely nice looking fence all the way around yard same height. Do I butt it up to the fence and if not there will be space in between that we can not mow the grass. Any ideas? (Asking them to repair out of question!! Already done. Even offered to pay half.

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  • Tere Tere on Sep 09, 2018

    If the neighbors won't remove their old fence you may have no option but to build yours directly in front of it, as close to their existing fence as you can get it. Hopefully once yours is up they will see how lovely it looks and just remove their old one.

  • Marc Erick Marc Erick on Sep 09, 2018

    Hi Tonya. I had the exact same problem in the home I lived in before I moved to my current place. Although the rickety old fence was only along the right side of my backyard. I did just what you said... built a new fence right up against the neighbours. Even utilized some of the existing posts. It turned out great and had no problems. I apologize for not having a pic to show you, I'm in a different place now. But, in my experience, I would do it that way. Hope this helps a bit!

    • Tonya Tonya on Oct 08, 2018

      The fence that is up has the cross boards and post on their side of yard, exactly how would I butt it up? I will have to build post and cross boards facing the fence there already because I’d have no way to get in between the 2 fences right? Lol sorry I’m really confused on exactly HOW to butt it to the fence there already.

  • Emily Emily on Sep 09, 2018

    We have sort of the same situation, but more complicated. Our house lot abuts two other house lots behind us, so half of each of those lots makes up the back of our one lot. New people moved in and installed a taller fence behind our stockade fence that runs the whole width of our lot. We just live with the taller fence being behind some of our shorter fence.

  • Kc Kc on Sep 09, 2018

    Property lines could be a future problem. Was his fence grandfathered in? If he sells, a new owner could take issue with your fence location.....still...I vote to build as close as possible to the current fence.

  • Tonya Tonya on Sep 09, 2018

    Anything I build would be on my property. Their fence has already been put up on our joint property line without asking, (which as stated I’m not tripping about, it’s just not that serious to me) I’ll just build right up to theirs but taller (their kids are always throwing things over the fence like chocolate for my dogs ect.) I know it won’t be the best looking for them but I cannot continue to look at this rotted fence.

  • Marc Erick Marc Erick on Oct 08, 2018

    Hi again! I literally built mine right up against his. It was made with wood. In all of the places there were his posts, ( his was metal chain link) I used a longer 2x2 secured in the ground and to his pole with wire. Then I attached 2x2 cross boards to these, one on the bottom and one one top, then attached 1x1 's to the cross boards, like a picket fence. Then painted it and planted morning glories all along ( and sunflowers where the main posts were) for extra privacy. So basically, I never needed to get behind his fence to build mine. I hope this makes sense 😊 and not more confusing!😊 I'm going to take a trip there, if I can get into the yard without getting arrested, I'll take a pic! 😁😊 (we moved from there last year)

    • Tonya Tonya on Oct 08, 2018

      I won’t be able to use his post, they are on his side of the fence, I’ll have to dig post right up to fence then put panels ( yes I’m buying them done 8 feet high x 5 feet wide lol) to the post, there will be a lil gap between our fences because of my post I’ll have to put but I guess that won’t really matter. Thanks for the help. No need to get arrested. 😳

  • Karla McMullen Karla McMullen on Oct 08, 2018

    Might want to check with authorities (homeowner's association, city ordinance). Most places require that posts and crossbars face owner's yard and fencing face neighbors.

  • Tonya Tonya on Oct 08, 2018

    Not in city and no HOA ... which is the reason they were able to put fence on our property line instead of inside theirs, Ive did my due diligence had property survey (was told I could tear fence down) plus my house is first house built here 33 years ago, and I have all original housing and property layouts. I’m well in my rights to butt it up to their fence because it’s all my property, the post are facing his house but on our property line making the fence well into my property. I’m not worried about losing that “space” in my yard only want my privacy and their kids to stop taunting my dogs. I have taken every precaution I can because I have a pit bull (insured and registered) who isn’t aggressive but with kids standing on fence throwing things at them, and parents not helping I have to do something to protect their kids and my dogs since the parents won’t.

  • Marc Erick Marc Erick on Oct 09, 2018

    🖒🖒 Good luck with your project, it sounds like it'll look fantastic!

  • Tonya Tonya on Oct 09, 2018


  • AuntQueenie AuntQueenie on May 05, 2021

    I would go to your city office of permits, and find out exactly what you can do. I had a similar issue and I brought my new fence in about 6inches and installed it all the way around the yard, which had, and still has, the old cinderblock fencing that is now behind mine. I put a little extra height just so the neighbors cant peek over.

    Did you as if you could remove there old fence? Keeping your new fencing on your property line, but will give them a new fence ( more or less)

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