If you are installing a fence, it is important to do it right. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your fence installation.If you decide to not install it yourself, consider shopping around to select the best fence company for the job.
Fences can be installed for multiple purposes such as for privacy, decoration, security, or to keep your pets and children in the yard. When selecting a fence be sure to take its purpose into account. You also must be cognizant of any deed restrictions or HOA rules as they can limit the types of fences you can install or even prohibit them altogether. Also be sure to check your local building codes as they often dictate what types of fences you can build, how they must be built, and specify what type of permit you need if any.
Even though it is not usually required, it is advisable to talk with your neighbors before building a fence to make sure they won’t be bothered by it and to see if they want to help. If you are on bad terms with your neighbors you may not need or want to do this, but you will want to be sure that you and your materials stay wholly on your own property when building the fence because you have no right to go on their property and neighbors you are on bad terms with will often not hesitate to get mad or even call the police if you trespass even a little.
You also need to be sure to know exactly where your property line is. You also should call and figure out where gas lines, power lines, and other underground hazards are located before you begin digging. Also be sure to clear any above ground obstructions such as brush and large rocks.
You also need to be sure you have all the necessary tools for the job. A list of tools you will often need when building a fence include a tape measure, a level, a mason string, a mallet or sledge hammer, screwdrivers, a wheelbarrow, a shovel, pliers, post hole diggers, and wrenches.
Once you decide on a type of fence, are sure you are allowed to install it, and have all the tools you need, you must figure out where your posts are going. Be sure to dig the post holes wider at the bottom. When you are pouring the cement, make sure to give it 24 hours to dry. You should install all the posts before adding mesh or wire.
Another tip is to make sure the hinges and posts are properly sized and are strong enough to hold the fence. On a related note, make sure the posts aren’t spread too far apart or your fence won’t have enough support and will be easily damaged. Try to aim for no more than six to eight feet between posts.
Once the fence is installed, let it dry out before you stain or paint it. Also remember that you will need to repaint the fence every few years. The reason you want to stain or paint your fence is it helps make the fence last longer.
Bottom line, fences can serve many purposes. Just be sure that you are well prepared before you begin the installation!