What's the Best Fence for My Yard?

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Peggy Madison


We just bought a Dogear cedar fence and the guy who said he would put it in has backed out. We are two fifty two year old women we cant get that in ourselves. We have eleven panels for our back yard!! We bought 4x4 by 8 #2 radius posts. We are staining the panels right now and have only two stained on one side so far. Please someone help us thank you!!



I did not think that it was good to paint the wooden fencing before installation. Shouldn't it be allowed a year or so to acclimate to its surroundings?

Peter Burkhart


Wood fences built with rust free hardware and pressure treated pine require little to no maintenance. They will turn gray if in direct sunlight, but will not rot or be eaten by insects.
Painting or staining only adds aesthetics,it doesn't make the wood last longer. Depending on sun exposure, semi-transparent stains need to be reapplied every 3-5 years. Paints last longer because they have more sun fighting pigment.



Invisible fences are not a good option for containing pets. First, they involve use of shock collars, which are inhumane. We don't teach children to stay out of the street using shock collars, nor should we believe that animals are immune to the trauma such collars can cause, physically and mentally. A determined, anxious, or frightened dog will charge through an invisible fence in spite of the pain inflicted. If an invisible fence or a chain are the only options for confining a dog to your property, then you should not get a dog until your living arrangements change. Additionally, aversive training methods have been scientifically discredited, while positive training techniques are in keeping with sound scientific learning principles, certain popular TV shows to the contrary notwithstanding.

Paul Samas


The reason you didn't see anything on invisible fences is because that part of the article was invisible.

Paul Miller


I echo Reg Smith's comment. Why nothing on invisible pet fences?

Reg Smith


It's unbelievable that you didn't discuss invisible fences for pets.

Monika Cayson


This is a great article. It helped me because my husband and I are looking to put up a fence. Thanks

Randy Jones


This was wonderful, thanks for putting together such a great article.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.