Thanks, everybody, for all of your points of view. You provided some inputs that I didn't really think about.
Namely the dog and toddler (and others) coming into
my yard. I was thinking from the perspective that I didn't have anybody/thing that would go out
of my yard.
As far as privacy -- the fence doesn't provide much if any at all. It's a scalloped fence with 4-ft at the highest point and about 3-3/4 ft. at the lowest point, so it's not a privacy fence. It's more of a boundary fence.
My left side neighbor (the one with the dog) is a renter (anybody remember my posts about Noisy Neighbor?
) and I seriously doubt that her landlady will pay for a replacement fence. So, after reading some of your posts yesterday, I thought the neighborly thing to do would be to leave that side of the fence up . . . plus, then I won't have to worry about her dog coming into my yard. And that's a good thing!
I was out looking at my back fence yesterday, trying to figure out if I could maybe prop it up somehow so that it might not look
damaged, when my back neighbor (BN) came out to talk to me.
BN: I was looking at that a while ago and wondered if you were going to do something about it?
Me: Yeah, I know I've let it go, but I really need to do something. I haven't gotten any estimates on repair and I was thinking of just tearing it down.
Would you mind if I tried to fix it? It won't be a perfect repair but I think that maybe if I (went into explanation, which sounded plausible.) At the very least, it should stand up straight for quite a while and I'll just keep an eye on it, to make sure the fix stays fixed.
Me (laughing): I take it you don't want me to tear it down?
BN: Hey, it's your fence. If you take it down (hesitating) I'll just have to figure something out.
Me: Well, if you want to try and fix it then go for it. Just let me know how much the repairs will cost before you do anything.
BN: Oh, no. I think I pretty much have everything I'll need in the garage.
There was some back-n-forth about me paying him and him declining, so I agreed to let him try to fix the fence without payment. Then he said:
BN: Oh, by the way, We're pregnant again!
Congratulations and Woo!Hoo!'s.
Soooo -- I'm guessing he doesn't have a lot of extra funds right now to put up a new fence but he really wants the fence to stay.
If he can repair it so that it doesn't look dilapidated and ugly? Why not let him do it?
Is there any way in which the anels from the fence you don't need (because the neighbours have built their own) could be used to repair the parts you might want to keep in order to define your boundaries?
Excellent thought . . . I didn't read your post until after I talked to BN. Thinking about it, if I offered that option to BN it might be more work than what he was willing to do. Plus, then, I'd have to definitely tear down the right side fence because otherwise it would look like a piece is missing.
So, I guess I'll see what BN does with the fix and next spring or the year after I'll be white-washing again . . . but, hey! That's good exercise! Right?