Fixing fence posts to brick wall

28 Nov 2006
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United Kingdom
I need to fix 4' fence posts to the top of an existing 9" brick wall. I know of two options: (1) fix metpost bolt down brackets to top of wall and (2) bolt support timbers to front/back of wall and fix fence post to these. Neither option is aesthetically great. Does anyone have any ingenius ideas? Would it be possible to drill and epoxy in a steel tie bar connecting the fence post to the top of the wall?
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If you fasten a 4' post to the top of the wall, it will wrench out when the wind blows. Think of the leverage. If you use longer screws or bars it will pull the bricks out.
I'd have at least a foot fixed to the wall for every 2 feet above the wall. I would put hefty bolts right through the wall, at least 2 for each post.
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Wall is just over 3' high. It is a boundary retaining wall, so neighbours ground level is at top of wall. I am putting 3' high heavy duty trellis fence on top, so wind loads should be minimal. It does have to be sturdy enough to act as boundary fence though.

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