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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:51 pm 
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Hello Everyone, thanks for reading my post. Let me explain the background a bit, I live in a terrace house and a neighbour who I share a rear boundary and party walls with decided to put up one 4ft fence panel. She got her contractor to use the existing wooden post which is screwed in the wall. Unfortunately, she is convinced (despite evidence to the contrary, i.e. the mortar seam coming straight down from the gable) that the post on the wall is too far over her side. The contractor correctly positioned the panel between the two posts but at the last minute my neighbour got her contractor to push the panel over onto our boundary. To facilitate this masterpiece of engineering he has braced the panel behind and put a natty little offset faux part-post on top.

I need a way of cutting down between the panel line and post quickly when I have a window of opportunity to push the panel back and refasten it in the correct place. I’ve already had a go with a reciprocating saw but it doesn’t handle the wood screws and blunts after getting through a half a one. Does anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking an angle grinder perhaps but what disk to use? The panel is a close boarded one and the post is 3in x 3in so whatever is used will have to have a cutting reach of say 4.5-5 inches or 11.5-13cm.

And yes, just leaving it is an option but due to other “neighbour issues” I plan to get a 6ft fence put up along the whole boundary which I would like to start in the correct place.

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heeelllooo and welcome Pazuzu :welcome: :welcome: :welcome:
how did you decide it was a shared fence rather than owned by a specific property ??

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big-all wrote:
heeelllooo and welcome Pazuzu :welcome: :welcome: :welcome:
how did you decide it was a shared fence rather than owned by a specific property ??

Probably as it’s the boundary fence :dunno:

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steviejoiner74 wrote:
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heeelllooo and welcome Pazuzu :welcome: :welcome: :welcome:
how did you decide it was a shared fence rather than owned by a specific property ??

Probably as it’s the boundary fence :dunno:

ok badly worded by me lol
if its her fence it should be fully on her land if its shared it should be half and half :dunno:

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Facing the front of the property the boundary in question is the one of the right hand side. It's in the deeds (and is the default I believe) that in our terrace row we are responsible for the boundary on the left. So it's not a shared boundary but she is responsible for it (doesnt mean much legally) however I can put a fence on my side of the boundary, legally I checked. The neighbour's a bloody nuisance and we have privacy issues with her staring into our kitchen window, telling my OH that she needs to do this and that in the garden ad nausiam, the neighbour even gave her fencing contractor permission to come into our garden without telling us so when OH went out to put some washing on the line she was confronted by some random bloke in our garden! Not that it was his fault as the neighbour told the contractor she'd spoken to us. I already asked her if she wanted to put a fence up we could got halves on it but she told me that she wants light coming through the fence, currently chainlink, or her plants will die (seriously), I've also had issues where I cut the plants coming through into my garden last year (after 3 years of grow through) and she started screaming at me. So as you can see I'm keen to get a 6ft fence up. Her putting up of one panel was her way of throwing me a bone but in doing so she's come across the boundary as I said she's a bloody nuisance. I feel like I'm living in a Coronation Street story thread!


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Sorry for the mini-rant. I don't think an angle grinder will do it because the gap in the wood is from 0 to 2mm. I need something that will cut both which is why I tried a reciprocating saw but it's not powerful enough. Help appreciated :)


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Do you know what sort of screws they are, can you see what colour they are?

If they are modern woodscrews, they are hardened and will snap if you slide in a flat crowbar and give it a few good thumps with a club hammer. If they are something different (possibly Timberlocks if they are very long) they may just be mild steel and a metal cutting blade in the reciprocating saw will cut them easily.

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Hello, They are a gold colour on the surface. They look like decking screws mate The ones holding the panel in are about 6-8cm. The ones holding the bracing baton conencting the old post and new panel I dont know, possibly the same ones.


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I dunno if it will work because the fence panel is connected by a baton screwed into the post. There's no free play in places I need a method to cut the wood and screws! Surely this has been done before?


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metal blades dont like wood and wood blades dont like metal
best you can do is cut with the wood blade and stop when you feel the metal that may or may not ruin the blade
cut with a metal blade then carry on with the wood blade again
if he has used hardened fixings it may be very very difficult to cut them
do you have any idea what metal you are cutting through :dunno:

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Oh thanks... I get you. So I just get a few blades for me reciproating saw and burn them? It's an acceptable solution!


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is there any way to find and mark where the fixings are and stop say 12mm short and swap to a metal blade cutting at least 12mm into the wood below so you wont damage the actual teeth on the woodblade
and please be aware a reciprical saw blade can go wildly off line as its more off a demolition tool

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Not without getting over the other side of the fence which I cant do. :(


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