Rookie fencing mistakes sounds like the title of a good TV show.
Definitely one I would watch on a rainy afternoon with all the yard work finished for the season.
There are many rookie fencing mistakes to avoid and some might only cause a bit of laughing among those watching, while other errors may be costly.
If you are a first-timer or even a seasoned pro, it is worth taking heed of what you should and shouldn’t do when installing your new fence.
We all need reminders from time to time on what can go wrong, so if you are one of those seasoned pros stay tuned in, you never know what you may learn.
Any list of ‘don’t dos’ when installing a new fence would have to include the following:
- Don’t Forget To Mark Out The Boundary
- Don’t Put Up A High Fence in the Front Yard
- Don’t Forget To Call The County Building Office
- Don’t Stand The Fence Posts In A Shallow Hole
- Don’t Ignore The Advice Of Others
Let’s take a look at the points in a bit more detail.
Don’t Forget To Mark Out The Boundary
If you are putting up a boundary fence, do not forget to mark out the boundary.
Consult a boundary map and make sure you are within your property lines. Ask the neighbors if you are not sure.
Mark the boundary line with a builders’ line and spray paint over it, to keep the makings obvious.
If you stray to the wrong side you may upset the neighbors and cause problems for many years to come.
Don’t Put Up A High Fence In The Front Yard
In nearly every district of every county in every state, there are strict rules on fence height in the front yard.
You cannot erect a fence that is more than three or four feet high in most areas.
Check with building officers to see how high you can go with the fence.
Safety is a big concern behind the high fence laws and the protection of kids in particular.
A rookie will find themselves taking down any fence going over the height rule.
Don’t Forget To Call the County Building Office
This is particularly important with the height issue, as the safety of kids, traffic and road users come under consideration.
There are other rules and regulations you may need to understand or learn more about before you erect a fence.
Fence material and fence color may be restricted by local laws, as can access rights to the rear of your property for fire personnel.
If your land adjoins other public property you may not be allowed to erect a high privacy fence, or one that doesn’t match others around the area.
Check before you build is a good idea.
Don’t Stand The Fence Posts In A Shallow Hole
It may be obvious, but not everyone thinks of putting the fence posts down to a suitable depth.
A good rule to follow, regardless of the material you are using, is to go down about a third of the height of the post.
This way you will be giving the post, as well as the overall fence, strength and durability.
A weak fence post will crack or come down in a storm, possibly bringing the rest of the fence with it.
Don’t Ignore The Advice Of Others
If a neighbor is telling you to beware of problems with the land, then listen and learn.
Don’t be shy of asking an expert at your fencing supply company for advice on erecting a fence and for any pitfalls.
People will be only too happy to help and will want you to succeed.
If you ignore the advice you may see the fence fall over, or maybe hit a lot of problems during construction.
At www.fencesupplyonline.com we love to help first-timers.
Our experts are only too willing to hand on advice and give you a quote on our products.
Call us today for all of your fencing needs.