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Old 11-25-2021, 08:20 AM   #1
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Default Wifes fence vs reality

We just bought some property and need to fence about 1200 feet. My wife wants 4x6 posts with 1x6 corral board. 4 board wood fence. Cost of material only is roughly 13,000. Now the good ol t-post and field fence with metal corners and bracing my buddy will build for 3,000. Thats including material and labor. What to do...
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:21 AM   #2
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You have to live with her
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:23 AM   #3
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And then you have to paint it and keep it maintained.


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Old 11-25-2021, 08:25 AM   #4
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Maybe something in between?


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Old 11-25-2021, 08:26 AM   #5
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Board fences are pretty for a month or so after they are finished. If you go board fence at least you'll always have a project maintaining it. Not no but hell no.
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:27 AM   #6
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Wood looks much nicer but requires lots more maintenance.
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:30 AM   #7
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Maybe corral boards on the front and then transition to field fence somewhere on the sides?
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:32 AM   #8
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Go with wire, wood will not hold up over time.
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:33 AM   #9
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Wood fences look great but are a pain to maintenance and seem to always need maintenance. GOOD LUCK!
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:33 AM   #10
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Don't think I would have posted this lol.
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:34 AM   #11
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Go with wire and appease her with a nice entrance gate.
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:35 AM   #12
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Go with the wire and tell her when the wire needs replacing, you will go with the wood.
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:36 AM   #13
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The 4x6 post seem a bit much and driving the price up.
This isnít cheap either but we used square post and horse stall channel. Using horse channel will require a 2Ēx6Ē
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:36 AM   #14
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Good luck.
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:40 AM   #15
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Board fences are pretty for a month or so after they are finished. If you go board fence at least you'll always have a project maintaining it. Not no but hell no.
This right chere !
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:40 AM   #16
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Don't think I would have posted this lol.
Should of just stuck with I have to live with her. Its not easing my frustration posting this!
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:43 AM   #17
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Go with the wire and tell her when the wire needs replacing, you will go with the wood.
Genius!
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:48 AM   #18
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Wait till she sees a nice pipe fence and decides that's what she wants. Haha congrats on the land purchase!
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:51 AM   #19
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Go with wire and appease her with a nice entrance gate.
Thatís another funny story. I want a nice custom black iron gate. Nothing too fancy or expensive. She also wants a wooden gate and canít comprehend why thatís a terrible idea.
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:53 AM   #20
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With a board fence you will never have to say "what do you want to do today"?
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Old 11-25-2021, 08:55 AM   #21
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Sheíll get over it once she realizes how nice and clean pipe corners and field fence looks with a nice custom gate. That price difference would make the decision very easy, not to mention the ease of up keep on the cheaper option.


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Old 11-25-2021, 09:06 AM   #22
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You could just compromise with her. Tell her that she can have whatever she wants as long as she pays for it and maintains it. If I’m the the one that has to pay for it and maintain it then I’m putting in what I want.
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Old 11-25-2021, 09:09 AM   #23
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Should have married a sandwich expert instead of fence expert....just kidding. How about front wood and the rest wire?
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Old 11-25-2021, 09:14 AM   #24
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Board fences are pretty for a month or so after they are finished. If you go board fence at least you'll always have a project maintaining it. Not no but hell no.
I used cedar posts and field wire down my drive 1200í.
Maintenance free.
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Old 11-25-2021, 09:15 AM   #25
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I like my cedar posts and field fence on my 1200’ drive. Pipe at the front.
Maintenance free.
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Old 11-25-2021, 09:20 AM   #26
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Tell her you are going to sell her car so you can afford the fence and you will get he a nice reliable cheap car with roll up windows so you can afford the maintenance every year
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Old 11-25-2021, 09:27 AM   #27
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My neighbor did this and used lumber from milled phone poles. The creosote lumber wonít need maintenance for years and a good coat of paint would make the pipe look good for years as well. Field fence attached makes a nice transition and might satisfy both of you. The tanks in background are on their way out and it looks nice.




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Old 11-25-2021, 09:40 AM   #28
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My neighbor did this and used lumber from milled phone poles. The creosote lumber wonít need maintenance for years and a good coat of paint would make the pipe look good for years as well. Field fence attached makes a nice transition and might satisfy both of you. The tanks in background are on their way out and it looks nice.




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That is nice! Looks expensive though!
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Old 11-25-2021, 09:50 AM   #29
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No offense but my wife handles the domestic duties and decisions and I take care of the field work.
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Old 11-25-2021, 10:15 AM   #30
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Man up.
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Old 11-25-2021, 10:17 AM   #31
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Make her agree to maintain and paint it. In two years it will look like crap
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Old 11-25-2021, 10:26 AM   #32
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That is nice! Looks expensive though!
The guy did the work himself and only had materials invested. Pipe is probably higher now but he said it wasnít too costly to put up. Iím considering something similar for my entry but will change it up just a little.
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Old 11-25-2021, 10:26 AM   #33
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My neighbor did this and used lumber from milled phone poles. The creosote lumber wonít need maintenance for years and a good coat of paint would make the pipe look good for years as well. Field fence attached makes a nice transition and might satisfy both of you. The tanks in background are on their way out and it looks nice.




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I like that. Curious where he got the poles milled at?


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Old 11-25-2021, 10:54 AM   #34
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Board fences are pretty for a month or so after they are finished. If you go board fence at least you'll always have a project maintaining it. Not no but hell no.

This all day long
No way Iím building that much fence with wood. Nothing about that makes sense unless you have several millions in the bank and maintenance isnít an issue


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Old 11-25-2021, 11:02 AM   #35
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What is the purpose of the fence?

Keep animals in?
Animals out?
Horses or dogs?
Privacy?
Security- keep people out?

I just finished a custom retirement home. I think requirements then function first, CMF (color, material, finish) second. Most womanís brains are not wired that way.

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Old 11-25-2021, 11:22 AM   #36
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Do it the way you said. Just explain it to her. Dont much matter what you say as long as you start with "Listen up woman!". After that she will understand and make you a sammich.
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:25 AM   #37
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Board fences are pretty for a month or so after they are finished. If you go board fence at least you'll always have a project maintaining it. Not no but hell no.
I concurÖIíd give the wood fence the benefit of the doubt and say it would look good for about a year though. After thatÖit would be a constant PITA to maintain. NO WAY!
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:40 AM   #38
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Been putting this off but have to ask, who wears the pants in your house?
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:45 AM   #39
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Overdo it on a nice entrance gate and some landscaping. Maybe a little bit of surrounding pipe approach. Still gonna cost you some coin but she will be happy with it and your cost to maintain is minimal. T-post and 5 strand barbed wire the rest.
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:48 AM   #40
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Buy enough fence wood to build 2 deer blinds, I’ll come by and “steal” it and you can do t posts out of exasperation, then we can meet up and make some great blinds and go hunting. Everyone wins.
BTW how good of a shot is your wife.
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Old 11-25-2021, 11:51 AM   #41
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Absolutely no to a wood fence! Especially with the poor quality of lumber these days! Go for a drive , find a bunch of wood fences that are all twisted up- warped, need sealing or paint- they are very easy to find. Then take Her out and show them to her. Stand Tall Brother
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Old 11-25-2021, 12:40 PM   #42
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Overdo it on a nice entrance gate and some landscaping. Maybe a little bit of surrounding pipe approach. Still gonna cost you some coin but she will be happy with it and your cost to maintain is minimal. T-post and 5 strand barbed wire the rest.
Thatís a very nice entry!
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Old 11-25-2021, 12:47 PM   #43
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Is she planning to put horses on it? Then I would want her fence also. Wire and horses equal Vet Bill at some point in time.
Best of Luck....
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Old 11-25-2021, 12:55 PM   #44
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Is she planning to put horses on it? Then I would want her fence also. Wire and horses equal Vet Bill at some point in time.
Best of Luck....
Yes thatís the plan. I should have worded my initial question differently I am just cheap and irritated at the price of wood and her unwillingness to budge from a wood fence. I know itíll look good and be tons of maintenance. For a horse fence would 2x4 welded wire work ok between the corral boards? We would want something to keep neighbors dogs and coyotes out of our yard and out of the horse pasture.
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Old 11-25-2021, 01:37 PM   #45
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Is she planning to put horses on it? Then I would want her fence also. Wire and horses equal Vet Bill at some point in time.
Best of Luck....
**** horse could figure out how to hurt themselves even if the fence was NERF!
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Old 11-25-2021, 01:42 PM   #46
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As many have stated wood does look good but you will get old and upkeep will not go away.
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Old 11-25-2021, 04:20 PM   #47
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Well if you get horses they can be expensive and need constant attention. A little wood fence will fit right in. Lol

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Old 11-25-2021, 05:37 PM   #48
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Do it the way you said. Just explain it to her. Dont much matter what you say as long as you start with "Listen up woman!". After that she will understand and make you a sammich.


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Old 11-26-2021, 08:34 AM   #49
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Oh boy! Horses and a wood fence? You're never going to recover financially from this
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Old 11-26-2021, 08:51 AM   #50
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Subscribing to this. I think I’ll get some good life lessons out of this thread dealing with the wife. We just bought land in Washington County. The seller will be fencing the exterior with horse fence and the interior fence will be T-post and wire. Similar situation, wife likes the idea of the wood, but I don’t like the idea of the future maintenance.
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