Changing ranch fence to 6ft fencing using existing spurs

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Hi gang,

Lockdown has us all doing up our own homes and I'm no different. The fencing in my back garden is shocking and I'm sick of it. I want to change it but have been putting it off for a couple of reasons. Anyway, I've devised a plan and just want a 'grown up' that knows what they're doing to let me know if it's worth trying or not.

The whole perimeter of my post-war, ex-council house has our boundary marked out with ranch fencing. This comprises of concrete spurs (I haven't yet measured their spacings individually) all the way round. The spurs have what looks like 4"x2" coach bolted to them. Then there are two rows (rails) of 6"x1.5" (approx) screwed to the 4"x2". Now these concrete spurs have NEVER moved and are at least 18"-24" in the ground. They have been there for at least 41 years. The rails are hardwood (oak I think) and still look as fresh as a daisy. The 4"x2"s have seen better days and if there has ever been a weakening it'll be here.

Over the years, previous owners have basically screwed 4'x6' wooden panels around the ranch fencing to provide more privacy but they now look tatty and need replacing.

What I want to do is to remove the panels, rails and the 4"x2"s leaving just the concrete spurs. Then coach bolt 6' x 4"x4" posts to them and then either secure 6'x6' panels between the posts, or feather board all the way round with arris rails if the spacings between the spurs are unequal.

All of the existing coach bolts appear free from corrosion and I've had success removing them in other areas of the garden where I've needed to. By doing this, I'll avoid having to remove and dispose of at least 20 concrete spurs only to secure a similar amount of posts after.

What are your thoughts on using the existing spurs to secure my new, longer posts to? Have you seen it done before? Is it worth trying?

As ever, thanks for the guidance.
 
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Fine best way to do it I always replace my rotted posts with spurs as far as possible it will hold a 6ft post no problem.(y)
Only thing to consider is will the new post encroach any further onto your neighbours property.
 
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Fine best way to do it I always replace my rotted posts with spurs as far as possible it will hold a 6ft post no problem.(y)
Only thing to consider is will the new post encroach any further onto your neighbours property.
Thanks for the prompt reply, footprints. All of the existing spurs chamfer (they are weathered) away from my property so the new would be pointing inwards.
 
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