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Discussion in 'Landscaping' started by Jezzalinko, 14th Nov, 2015.

  1. Jezzalinko

    Jezzalinko Member

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    I'm in a pickle as to what type of fence I should put up on my newly established retaining wall.

    In hindsight, I should have probably built pillars into the wall to put wooden slat fencing between, but am looking for other options before i go back to construction mode and put pillars in.

    This is my PPOR, so need to ensure the front section is safe for kiddies to play on the grass.

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  2. WestOz

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    Whilst perhaps considered old school the first thing that popped into my head was a wrap around white picket fence, would look great against the mixed colors, would be high enough to stop kiddies or drunks falling, high enough to give privacy, add character/charm etc, affordable, easily done.

    If you didn't want higher maint with timber/paint etc go PVC, they even use it rural now.

    Q? how much support is built up (stepped) behind the front retainer?
    Did you get it approved? be interested to see copy of plans as I have to submit similar soon
     
  3. Jezzalinko

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    I don't think white picket fence is going to work with the future colour scheme of the house and roof. Most of the nice limestone walls with fences have pillars.. I've struggled to find one without pillars which looks nice...

    Yes will look at the PVC slats possibly? over the timber solution..

    I designed the wall with approx 40% base width of the wall height. The soil is mostly sandy so the lateral pressure against the wall wouldn't be huge. approvals was handled by my mate who's a civil engineer.
     
  4. D.T.

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    Black tubular, but then I'm boring like that :p

    PS - Is your nickname based on the footballer?
     
  5. Jezzalinko

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    I was actually thinking of the black tubular design similar to the picture below... but it really is a cheap look!

    Yes, that was my name on the field back in my high school days..

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  6. bob shovel

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    Like @WestOz said, but do modern picket fence look. Here's my 2min of recon for you, not exactly what they have but the look.
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    I am liking this version of plain black tubular. It seems to be popping a bit around here.

    This one is up the road from me.

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  8. Nimble

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    If you are going to have kids play in the garden - is it really a good idea to have see-through fence? I personally would like it more private.
     
  9. WestOz

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    Believe there's restrictions over here re front fences, have to be see through to a point, not sure why, once heard it had something to do with places not looking like bikie compounds, but it sux.

    That 3rd pic Bob, little kids would climb up, higher @ 45deg would look good though.

    Columns and tubular etc seem too common these days, gotten boring, everyone does it cause sandstone blocks are cheap. Great for retaining walls, although personally being an ex eastern stater I prefer strength of rio/concrete filled besser blocks.

    Re pickets, they don't have to be white, just what I thought would look good amongst current background colors, perhaps go black.
     
  10. bob shovel

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    Can they be rendered? Or does anyone do it?
     
  11. WestOz

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    Yes, however unless reconstituted due to moisture and soft nature it doesn't last long, flakes off.
    Unless wanting sandstone look that's one of many reasons I'd rather do it right the first time with besser, not too many people know about them over here, haven't met a bricky over here who likes laying them.

    Can get 390mm x 190mm x 190mm seconds for ~$1.50ea. New are ~$4.20
     
  12. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    Besser would be lighter wouldn't they? Are the sand stone hollow?

    You'll need to start drinking and be a brickie on the side!
     
  13. WestOz

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    Yes. No.

    Natural Sandstone (limestone) are solid, very heavy, depending on size either need a good back, block carrier, or bobcat/digger with lifter

    Like reconstituted Besser are made out of concrete, hollow are most commonly used, rio rod up through footing every few holes (core), filled with concrete, capped if required.
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    Pics showing reconstituted, they like their big blocks over here

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  14. bob shovel

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    Bugger that! Overkill wall!they're big blocks!! :eek: Treated pine will do, or is that not use either??
     
  15. WestOz

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    Our council won't allow timber for retaining over 300mm, fair enough I guess as they deteriorate
     
  16. bob shovel

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    Bloody hell,really love brick over here!... But it is better than some of the stuff thats out there with pine