Bamboo Privacy Screen

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  1. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
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    The yard around our house is fenced with a chain link fence, which keeps the dogs safely in the yard , but does not add to our privacy at all.
    When we first moved here, I got some of those rolls of plastic fence weave and put those along the front part of the fence, intending to do more bit by bit as we could afford it and I had the time to cut and install them.
    At that time, we had more little dogs, and they all wanted to see outside of the yard, and so they chewed up the bottom of the plastic fence weave.
    I have been planting shrubs and creeping vines (ivy) along the back fence; but the front is next to the street and where we most want privacy.
    So, @Bobby Cole said that he thought some of the split bamboo privacy screen out front might be just the ticket. One of the neighbors down the street has it along the road side of his yard, and it really makes a difference.
    You can actually see a little bit through the screen, but it still gives a lot of privacy, and the open spaces make it easier for wind to just blow through the screen.

    We ordered two pieces, 14'x7' tall, and put them up along the front fence by the driveway side. There is still an open area of about 6' on one side, so we will either get another piece of the screen, or Bobby will use the wood slats like he put over the backyard gate.
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    The fencing looks very nice, Yvonne.
     
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    We did the same along our back fence Yvonne to replace what was chicken wire, but the wind was bending it a little too much so we planted a Laurel hedge in front of it...which has now grown to about 12 feet...and protects the garden completely from any wind along with our mature trees down the side..

    of course we didn't need to have any light or see out the front like you want to...so the laurel in front of the Bamboo was ideal for us.. :D
     
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    Can anyone help me? I just prepared a post to this, and it got "stuck" in "preview", with no option shown to post it. Showed "upload a file", instead of "Post reply". I'll see if I can do it over!
     
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    Privacy fence, as defined by a loony old rock-fancier.
    Patio side:

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    Other, public view, side:

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    Looks like you're building a fort, Frank! :)

    On my iPhone so can't see too well but will look later.
     
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    Bomb and bullet-proof, @Chrissy Page , to be sure! The wall in front is lower, 5 feet, so we can peek over it if someone pulls up on our drive. Shortly after moving in, we noted a vehicle quite often pulling up to our entrance, stopping, as though lost, then leaving. My wife later determined that the Water Company supplying a large housing addition east of us, has a webpage showing our address, and a satellite view corresponding to our house! The address problem stems from ours being "Circle" and the Water place "Cove", same street name.

    None of this is reason to super-build a monument, I know! Just enjoy making stuff others do not have. Can't buy our way into being envied, like neighbors trying to each have the more expensive car, so make up for it this way.
     
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    Very nice, Yvonne! Nobody has a fence in the front yard in out area, maybe they're not allowed. Everybody has the same wood fence on the side and back though. We share a fence with our neighbors. That's the way the subdivision was built.
     
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    @Linda Binning Linda is also a Californian, though I'm not sure of her location. She has spoken of rural, and mountains. Would like to compare two places in CA, rural, and city, just to get an idea of differences. My Uncle left Chicago in early '50s, for CA, finally settled in Sylmar, at a time when one could look down on L.A. and see clearly, it was beautiful, back then.
     
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    Yes, she doesn't live too far from me but I live in the city whereas Linda lives in the mountains or the foothills.

    One difference is temperature. Cooler the higher you go.
     
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    I love that rock wall.
     
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    I like that fence Frank. It'll be good for keeping out the wind. I bet that kept you busy for awhile huh? What do you want to compare?? I know Sylmar as my daughter's x sister in law used to live there. Its down near LA. Her sister-in-law had some beautiful rare black little horse so I guess it's city and country both. :)

    I am a fence person and like to define an area. The bamboo fencing is beautiful. We have wire fence with barbed wire on the top and I like that as I like to see out and keep an eye on the neighbors and they can keep an eye on our house when we are gone.
     
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    Lin, back in those days, me, about 24, travelling about Cali, it looked like Paradise on Earth. We went to Disneyland in '65, drove down from uncle's place in Sylmar. Greatly enjoyed it. Still lived in Chicago, California represented to me a MYSTIQUE, a place of untold and unexplainable mystery, like an amusement park's "house of mirrors". Never knew what might be seen next! We crossed that Golden Gate, got home, my wife telling her Mom, both immigrants from Germany, about the "Goldene Bricke", her Mom looked scornful, remarking, "Was, gebaut von Gold? Spinnst Du!"

    What, built from gold? Yer Nuts! How I loved that first girl of my dreams! Married her at 18, she lost her parents tragically when she was 20, supported us by working to allow me to get my degree, then broke down, and gave up when her brother died, at 25. I loved that kid almost like I loved her. So, we called it "quits", at her request. I was a semester away from attaining that multi-year goal of an Engineering degree. My Mother helped me pull through this.

    Then began the "placement" movement. I was offered a job in CO, took it, and moving was again underway. Why I'm relating these imponderables is uncertain, except to say, any young folks facing future similar uncertainty while reading this, may glean valuable fact from earlier voyagers, and be able to guide themselves accordingly.
     
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    Frank have you ever thought of contacting a local school, any grade, I'd say from 3 up through 12 and seeing if they would like you to give a 10 or 15 minute talk on some of your experiences with getting an education? Lots of young people face horrendous trials and it might help them to hear how you made it through yours and got your education.
     
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    @Linda Binning Actually, I answered an ad seeking a teacher for Electric Theory at Mohave Community College, while we were wintering here. Everything went smoothly, reaching only the point where transcripts were needed, and DeVry Technical Institute could not produce my transcript of proof of graduation! I pursued it until giving up in disgust.
     
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    I love the bamboo! But what is even better, now I find out Bobby Cole is "your" hubby Yvonne?? LOL!! Why didn't you say something!! I did NOT know he was married, you do know that right?
     
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    Not a problem at all, @Denise Happyfeet ! You gave us both a great chuckle when we read your post, and laughed a lot while we both decided our respective responses.
    I think you must be the ONLY person on the whole forum that did not know we are married. Since you and I have known each other for quite a long time now, both Bobby and I thought it was hilarious that you didn't realize who he was.

    As for the avatar, neither one of us have any idea who it is or even if it depicts an actual person. I just found the picture, and it seemed to "represent" @Bobby Cole perfectly; and he likes it, too.
     
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    thanks Yvonne, can't tell you how bad I felt. That's what I get for flirting "before" I find out if someone is married:(

    Anyway, I'm glad you guys got a good laugh;) No, I never knew who Bobby Cole was. You gotta admit, that pic is rather "fetching" LOL!

    I really do love the bamboo fencing though. Sometimes I get stuck on one thread, and forget to look around at others. Thank goodness I looked at yours this a.m.;)
     
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    I didn't know you 2 were married Yvonne till last night when I read what you said about the yard work. For some crazy reason I've always thought that avatar photo was of Sherlock Holmes at some point in his life. :)
     
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    So......... I thought that maybe I should look up Bobby's avatar and see if I can tell who it actually is. Thanks to the wonderful clue from @Linda Binning about Sherlock Holmes, I was able to find the picture again.
    Turns out it is an actor named Robert Downey Jr., and he played Sherlock Holmes in a 2009 movie of the same name. The picture is of him when he was in the movie.
    I like the avatar pic, too, @Denise Happyfeet , and since it also remended me of Bobby, that is why I thought it would work for him.
    Denise, Bobby and I were all in another forum called Senior Playground (now defunct) with several other people from SeniorsOnly, and it had never occurred to me that all this time, she didn't know that Bobby and I were married to each other.
     
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    OMG, that photo did remind me of Robert Downey jr. but he looks thinner in that!! He is dreamie in his films nowadays. He get's better with age:

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    I didn't see that movie but I must have seen the ad and subconsciously remembered it. :) Yes, Robert Downey Jr, like my Johnny Depp, gets better looking with age. :)
     
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    And I, today, realized for the "nth" time, I am beginning to hate mirrors!
     
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    Ahhh, I looked it up, and realized my neighbor used to have some of that in one particular spot. I guess to him that was his 'out house', because it was in front of the area where he used to (still does?) pee outside in his yard. That's one reason why I put up the large lattice planters on that side of the porch, and put the back of my balcony chairs in that direction. Yes, I have classy neighbors. I really like the look of yours.
     
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    We have been talking about what to do with that part of the fence for a while now. It was originally just an old chain link fence, and then I put up the little green plastic fence weaving to help give the back yard some privacy from the road.
    The dogs chewed up the fence weave trying to see out, and Tootsie also chewed up a pretty little rosebush that was planted there.
    I suppose she got mad at it because the thorns stabbed her when she was trying to see out.

    Bobby first made a wooden gate and put that up where the chain link one was, with the idea that we could grow shrubs and vines (raspberries, grapes, blackberries) along the fence and that would give us a privacy hedge.
    That is actually a viable plan, except that if Tootsie keeps chewing things up, they will never grow tall enough to do anything, and even so, it will take several years before the vines cover the fence.
    This bamboo will not last forever; but it gives us privacy right now, and there are little spaces in between the bamboo slats, so the vines can grow around and through the bamboo.

    Just inside the back yard is the shed which is Bobby's shop; so that is the main reason we don't want people lookinng into the back yard.
    We live in one of the worst neighborhoods around, and Bobby's tools could easily disappear right out that gate if it was easy for people to see and get into the back yard.
     
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