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Home made PVC fences; an experiment

Discussion in 'Gardening in Thailand' started by tassiecatred, 24 Jul 2013.

  1. tassiecatred

    tassiecatred Thread Starter Member

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    After the 2011 flood, I built a long bamboo fence to grow a beautiful flowering vine. It's a beautiful vine and also deters the neighbours from using my front yard as a walkthrough.
    Unfortunately, the wooden uprights have rotted and the fence and vine are on the way over.
    Tried everywhere to purchase metal star picket posts [USA Y posts] but couldn't find them around here.
    I don't want to use concrete uprights [too heavy for this old man and I'm not a great lover of concrete.]
    So after a bit of searching on the Net, I've decided to use 2" PVC pipes as uprights and then use PVC pipe straps to hold the horizontal bamboo slates to the PVC uprights.
    I figure this will be easier for me to work with and the PVC won't rot.
    Has anyone ever tried this?
    PS> I'll let you know how it goes.
     
  2. Scooter

    Scooter Weirdsonofabiatch

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    Sounds interesting..... How tall will the uprights be? I ask, as I did once try a somewhat similar thing (on a very small scale), using 1" water pipes. Worked fine for a few months, but when I finally dismantled it, the pipes weren't straight any longer. Perhaps being out in the wind, rain and especially sun had an effect.

    But yes, do let us know how it works out - and if it's not too expensive...

    Cheers :smile2:
     
  3. po3try

    po3try Guest

    will they be visible? if so are you gonna paint them? we have plans to wood over our back garden soon(ish). apparently about 40k...
     
  4. Richard68

    Richard68 New Member

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    I think the use of PVC outdoors is a good idea, but I would think 1.5 or 2 inch thickness would be better for holding up heavy vines and for blocking off a special area from "through walkers". If you have a problem with movement, you can always fill the ones on the ground with cement and the added weight will keep them steady.

    Good luck with your project, and I am also looking forward to seeing pictures of the finished assembly.
     
  5. tassiecatred

    tassiecatred Thread Starter Member

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    The uprights will be about 2m so I will go for the 2" pipe. I live near Ayutthaya and I think I have seen white PVC at one of the local hardware stores. But it could have been only 1" which won't be strong enough as Scooter said. So, I'll use the common household blue. The vine is pretty thick now therefore I'll have to cut back to take out the old wooden posts and put in the new.
    The vine grows very thick so I won't bother painting.
    Start this weekend.
     
  6. Mati

    Mati Well-Known Member

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    I think the blue will be a good contrast for the green vine...
     
  7. Scooter

    Scooter Weirdsonofabiatch

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    About 2m in height, huh? Will the uprights be going down into the earth, or will there be other means of support? Vines can get extremely heavy, especially when they get soaked from constant rain. Might not be the case - if your vines are protected.

    Soon be the weekend! :happy1:

    Don't work too hard, huh? :no:
     
  8. Mister T

    Mister T Retired, fat and happy

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    The pvc posts do work, there are a lot of vineyards in Aus that use them now.
     
  9. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Well-Known Member

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    any progress pictures?
     
  10. tassiecatred

    tassiecatred Thread Starter Member

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    The weekend has just started an hour ago and the coffee is not finished yet; so no work and no pictures yet.
    Scooter: Yep, they will be going into the ground about 1 1/2 to 2 feet.
    Biggest job will be cutting back the vine and putting the new uprights in correct place.
    Will definitely let you know how it goes.
     
  11. Stamp

    Stamp Administrator Staff Member

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    With pictures, please. :thumbsup2:
     
  12. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Well-Known Member

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    any news? more importantly .. pictures?
     
  13. tassiecatred

    tassiecatred Thread Starter Member

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    No pictures yet. Went very slow last weekend. Had a fall; silly...getting old and clumsy. Have to pace myself. Will get back into this Saturday.
     
  14. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Well-Known Member

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    still no pics?
     
  15. Tonyja

    Tonyja Well-Known Member

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    Be careful of nasty green stuff growing and making it all slippy.


    Pvc pipes seems a good idea. How about getting some filler (in a gun) and filling the pipes?
     

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