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Fence trellis topper

Hi

I just wondered if anybody has added trellis fence topper to their fence and how hard it was?!

I saw some post extensions on eBay but these seem to be for concrete posts but our posts are wooden and cut at an angle. (Photo attached)

Our fence is 5 foot tall and we would like to add height for privacy but looking for the cheapest way to do this. I’m not keen on bamboo screens but at the moment that seems to be the easiest and cheapest as we could sit them in front of the fence

Probably a silly question but could we buy this and somehow fix it in front of our current fence?

https://www.wickes.co.uk/Forest-Garden-Contemporary-Single-Slatted-Fence-Panel---6-X-6ft-Multi-Packs/p/9000197548

thank you! 
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  • Grandmama
    Grandmama Posts: 148 Forumite
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    First check that the fence belongs to you. If it belongs to the neighbour you need to.ask permission. 
  • Bradden
    Bradden Posts: 1,081 Forumite
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    You may be able to screw some of these to the existing posts which would enable you to extend them for some trellis.. assuming you own the fence.

    https://products.birkdalesales.com/core/post-extender-set-of-4-10-8-7-200-p-3-galv-b2672007


  • twopenny
    twopenny Posts: 5,545 Forumite
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    That would look smart lucy if the fence is on show all the time.
    Very expensive though.
    I would forget the bamboo.It looks scruffy very quickly.
    You can fix almost any sort of trellis if you want to go full size without fancy attachments.
    What bradden suggests looks practical. Can't see the cost. Just a small bit of batten attaching top and bottom would work for topper or full size.
    Id be inclined to just attach a topper trellis simply because weeds will grow between two full size panels an impossible to get at them. Depends on whats around the area

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  • donemedosh
    donemedosh Posts: 248 Forumite
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    Agree with twopenny just put a batton on the post & attach trellis to baton. But are the posts 6ft apart as trellis comes in a standard 6ft length. Just asking as the fence looks like a closed board fence which means the posts could be any distance apart not like when you have standard panels.
  • twopenny
    twopenny Posts: 5,545 Forumite
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    Good spot don.
    I used expanding willow trellis on mine and grew honeysuckle, roses and jasmine on mine -quick growing. They grow above the top and trimmed or trained on wire at the top to give privacy and perfume

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  • lucyplease
    lucyplease Posts: 23 Forumite
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    Thanks everyone for your replies, that’s all really helpful. 

    Thanks Bradden for the link- will they be ok to attach as the current posts have been cut at an angle at the top. I wasn’t sure if post extenders would fit ok. 

    I must admit, I don’t like the look of bamboo screening as it does always to look like it looses its shape quickly - we thought that might be a lot cheaper. 

    The fence on that side does belong to us so that’s good - I hadn’t thought about the length of the current fence panels perhaps being different and not standard so I will try and measure tonight while it’s still light! 

    Thanks all for your help again - if we can extend the posts and the fence lengths are standard I think it’s something we should be able to do :) 
  • lucyplease
    lucyplease Posts: 23 Forumite
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    I just found this video. It looks like if we can extend the posts it might not be too hard to fit trellis panels. Most videos and products I can find for extending the posts seem to be for concrete posts - ours are wooden and cut at an angle. I’m not sure if that matters!?
    i still need to measure the fence panels to make sure they are standard lengths - I bet they aren't ! 
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  • twopenny
    twopenny Posts: 5,545 Forumite
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    How old is the fence?
    Have you checked below ground level for any signs of rot? Where I am they are 20yrs old and people started having fence supports in these types because they cost a lot to replace from scratch.
    Worth checking before you add extra weight to them.

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  • sheramber
    sheramber Posts: 19,092 Forumite
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    I just found this video. It looks like if we can extend the posts it might not be too hard to fit trellis panels. Most videos and products I can find for extending the posts seem to be for concrete posts - ours are wooden and cut at an angle. I’m not sure if that matters!?
    i still need to measure the fence panels to make sure they are standard lengths - I bet they aren't ! 
    did you see the video after the one you linked to?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C2MnOvzHsc
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