Must-Know Fence Installation Tips
A better installation leads to a better fence. Proper fence installation is essential if you want to get the most for your investment. Fences that are not properly installed can create frustrating maintenance issues down the road and fail to look their best. With that fact in mind, we have put together this list of important fence installation tips for Do-It-Yourselfers.
Tip #1: Pick the Best Site
Choosing the right location at your home or business makes the installation process easier and ensures your fence looks great for longer. Look for a site that is free of obstacles and debris that travels over no underground utilities, and that doesn’t infringe on any adjacent property. It’s always a good idea to check with neighbors before putting the fence up.
Tip #2: Dig the Right Post holes
Digging quality postholes ensures your fence has a solid foundation. Typically you will want to have a third of the post in the ground in a hole with a 10-inch diameter. But you will need to dig six inches further to allow for a gravel backfill for drainage purposes. Check with your local building authorities to find the ideal depth for your particular soil conditions.
Tip #3: Set Your Posts Properly
After you fill each hole with gravel, add quick drying concrete and tap the post in so that the hollow core fills with concrete. Plum and level each one of the posts, then overfill the hole with concrete and use a trowel to slop the sides away from the post. This will help with drainage down the road. Start with your end and corner posts and tie a string between each to establish your fence line. This particular tip is the most important of all installation tips.
Tip #4: Accommodate a Gate
One your posts are set hanging the panels is a fairly straightforward process, especially for an experienced Do-It-Yourselfer. Dealing with a gate can be more tricky. The opening for the gate will need to be 1 1/4 inches wider than the gate itself. You will also need to leave 5/8 of an inch of space for hardware clearance.
Attach 2x4s rated for outdoor use on either side of the gateposts, then use hinge lag screws when mounting the hinge to the gate back rail, and latch screws when mounting the latch to the post. Specific processes may vary depending on the type of fence you use.
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This list is far from comprehensive, but it gets you thinking about some of the most important considerations. If you have more questions, you can always rely on Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions to answer all your fencing questions. And we can also supply all the fencing materials and hardware you will need. Contact us for a free estimate today.