Attach fence to existing metal posts?


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were looking to put a 6 foot fence around our back garden as we have 3 big dogs that can jump anything smaller, and the neighbours have a cat… ?


There is a small existing fence, it’s only about 2 and a 1/2 feet high, metal posts which, if you look down from right above them, they’re a T shape. I wanted to pull this all out and start again, however the neighbour (who said that he used to be a joiner) said that they’re solid enough to attach a new fence to. They are in there pretty solidly, they don’t budge at all but I have no idea how far down they go or how long they’ve been there for.

I have a couple of questions:

  1. Should these hold 6′ fence posts or are they too short?
  2. If yes, what type of fixings should I use?
  3. If no, can I attach fence posts to the end 2 metal posts (either end of the garden) and just put new concreted 6′ posts inbetween the metal posts?

We can’t really afford to get someone in to build it for us and we don’t want to build it on our neighbours advice for it to fall down…

Thanks for any help!

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    I would at least try to bolt a new metal post to your existing post and see if that moves much. As long as you bolt and drill the post to each other and the existing are in with concrete I would think that would be good enough.

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