Fencing is a great way to add privacy screening and security to your home. Not sure where to start? This easy guide will show you what you need and the important things to check before you begin.
1. Check In, Before You Dig In
Long before you begin digging, you will need to check in with all relevant authorities. This is to ensure that there are not any obstructions in the area, such as underground gas, water, sewage or electrical pipelines. You will also need to ensure that local council is informed of your plans. This is to make sure that you know what the rules and regulations are for fences before you build.
2. Prepare Your Tools
Make sure that you have the correct tools and materials for the type of fence you are wanting to build. If you haven’t prepared the correct equipment for the job, you will meet with unexpected delays and frustrating stops.
3. Draw a Map
Outline your proposed fence line with spray-paint. Knowing the length, size and direction of your fence will help you manage materials and keep your DIY organised. Don’t forget to mark in where you want your gates. On average, a fence post needs to be placed every six to eight feet along the line of your fence.
4. Dig a Foundation
Use a post hole digger to dig holes that are approximately three times wider than the post and half as deep. Think of this like your fence foundation, this is what will provide strength and stability to your fencing. The correct depth is vital to a strong and lasting fence.
5. Pour the Concrete
Gravel needs to be added for proper drainage, then concrete once the gravel is set. Place your post in the middle of the concrete mix. Check that everything is level, and follow the concrete materials instructions on proper drying and curing time and procedures.
6. Attach Panels
Next you need to attach any rails or panels. Panels are the easiest to construct and jump the speed of your fence ahead, as they don’t require the individual and time-consuming process of pickets.
7. Attach Pickets
The pickets need to be attached to the rails. Spend the time to ensure everything is in aligned correctly.
8. Attach Post Caps
The final construction stage is to attach any post caps to the top of your posts. Once that is done you can begin painting or staining your new fence.
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