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  # 1865098 14-Sep-2017 10:52
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We have this king of fencing system at home but in 1.6m panels.  In strong winds it develops a vibration and hum.  Loud. Fecking annoying. 



Try hanging weights on it... that will damp the motion and change the resonant frequency.


(No I don't know how heavy or where, sorry).



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  # 1865105 14-Sep-2017 11:00
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timmmay:..... we'll be within 3-5 meters of him at all times


I am a grandfather and uncle (and great uncle) - this made me laugh.





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  # 1865125 14-Sep-2017 11:16
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@pbolger good point. How old do you think before most kids can be trusted outside near a driveway without a fence? The property isn't fully fenced, but we have posts in place to put in a gate if required.


@slingynz not a bad idea. Not sure a 9m span would work without a support in the middle?


@robfish that's about the size of the back yard, so he can't go much further than that! Maybe 10m. But yes, even at 11 months old he's very quick when he wants to be.



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  # 1865143 14-Sep-2017 11:33
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If you want something cheap and removable - Plastic coated braided wire with wire mesh.

I have mine anchored in brick on one side and fence on another.

Unfortunately no gate...

7m span was less than $100.

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It started as a dog stopper and 3 years later it is still working as a toddler stopper.

It can be removed/rolled up in a couple of minutes.

Where did you source that?

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  # 1865146 14-Sep-2017 11:36
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@slingynz not a bad idea. Not sure a 9m span would work without a support in the middle?





Wire rope has very little stretch so as long as your anchor points are up to the task it should be fine to crank up the tension to it doesn't droop under weight.


I've got mine pretty loose and it will drop 10cm in the middle with ~30kg hanging off it - a 3 year old will only weight 15ish + they learn to leave stuff alone :)


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  # 1865187 14-Sep-2017 12:16
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These panels at Bunnings are $82 for 2.4m, garden fencing not pool, which seems pretty good. Fencing off the driveway would probably three of them, a gate, posts, and hardware. Best guess, $800 is for the parts, though drilling into decking I might need some kind of metal plates for strength.


I might go lightweight around the clothesline. Some pieces of wood screwed to the retaining wall with some plastic fencing. Just enough to stop the little guy falling off the edge and hurting himself.



That is exactly the stuff I used. You can get the metal end brackets that screw into the posts and hold the rails up separately. So if you need to start/end on a wooden post that is what you use. I attached mine at one end to my garden shed (wood) and that worked perfect for that. Then I concreted in 4 posts and all was sorted. The stuff isn't very heavyweight (aluminum) and would probably be marginal for an adult to climb on, but perfect for a toddler. If you are putting in a gate go for the pool style latch. I decided to try and save $20 thinking little miss 2 year old wouldn't be able to work out the latch, but less than a day after putting it in she worked out how to put her hand through the rails and open herself.

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  # 1866505 14-Sep-2017 20:36
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Wire rope might be a bit light, but if we put a few posts up it might be viable. The aluminum panels might be the answer, if we want to pay that.


Appreciate all the thoughts. Any more are welcome :)


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  # 1867518 17-Sep-2017 14:39
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Never had such a thing when kid was small. There was a creek down back, our unfenced pool and a road with the school on it.


Could you 2 not just watch the kid?

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  # 1867521 17-Sep-2017 14:50
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Could you 2 not just watch the kid?



I already described this.

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