I need advice on my idea to fix up a fence. Is it a good idea or stupid?
We have an 8 foot privacy fence between us and the neighbors. The fence boards are pointy at the top. Many of the points have broken off just above the top horizontal rail. And a lot of the boards are rotting at the bottom where they touch the ground. The rails and posts appear to be in good shape. There is some deterioration on the top surface of the rails but if you stick an ice pick in they are quite hard after the first 1/8 inch The boards are a little soft on the outside surface but the wood in the middle is hard and good.
Another thing: Our neighbor's AC unit is rather loud.
One individual in this household believes we need an entirely new fence. I think we need new pickets, at the most. However I cannot find a source of identical pickets. Plus removing the old pickets would be difficult and I worry it could harm the rails if pried off over-enthusiastically.
So.... I am thinking of buying some dog-ear topped fence boards from the local HD and applying them over the surface of the existing boards. This would make the fence double-thinkness. I figure this would have the added bonus of mitigating noise from the neighbor's AC unit. I would cut off all the old pointy picket tops flush with the top rail first so it would look OK from the other side.
What do you think?