Do you have to hog tie your pet every time they want to go outside, or worry that they will go an unplanned, unsupervised excursion next time you open the door? Or do you have nosy neighbors that you would like to avoid when you sit outside in the evenings? Installing a fence is the best way to protect your furry friends and putting up a privacy fence is a great way to separate you from the pesky neighbors.
How do I begin installing the fence?
Be sure you know your exact property line! Accidentally setting your fence over your legal lot line may cause trouble with the neighbor! You may want to go to the courthouse to get records of your lot before you begin your project.
Starting from the corners of the property, stake out the where you want to set your post holes. Set the stakes in each corner, using string to measure from one post to the next. A basic rule of thumb for precise measurements are measuring the distance between the stakes. First, measure the stakes from the corners then measure along the sides. With some simple math, you should end up with a complete square.
Do I set the posts the same for wood or wire fence?
With wooden fence supplies, how you space the posts depends on how wide your wooden panels are. For wire fencing, spacing the posts 4 feet apart is typical. For both types of fencing, dig your holes 6 inches deeper than the depth that the post will stand. To avoid drainage problems, it is best to fill the holes with gravel after you place the post. This will also help to support the post. Once the posts are in place, fill the holes with cement and let dry for about 2 days, bracing the post while it dries. When the posts are set, you can cut it down to the desired height.
Corner posts should be set first followed by running a line around the top and bottom of the post to be sure they are standing straight.
Installing the Fence
For wooden fencing, nail the boards to the top and bottom posts, making sure the backs touch the lines. Allow a half inch between each side of the gate and posts to be sure it will open properly.
For wire fencing, unroll the chain link along the fence line. The top rail should be placed on the outside of the chain link. Using the bolts included, stand the fencing up and fasten with the tension bands. Be sure to pull the chain link tight to avoid any slack in the fence. You may want to use a tension bar to pull the chain link as tight as possible. When the fence is pulled tight, place the top rail, inserting one length of the rail closet to one of the posts. Secure the rail end to the terminal post with brace band and carriage bolt and place the caps on the posts.
Finally, take a deep breath! You can now enjoy the privacy and security with your new fence!
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