“What do we need to build a fence?” is one of the most popular questions we get at Fence Supply Online.
DIY clients ask it a lot, and of course newbies want to get it right from day one.
Our first answer is for DIYers to get a basic set of tools; ones to last a lifetime but also to use year in and year out. We don’t want people wasting money on tools and materials which only gather dust after the a single use.
With this in mind one of our salespeople brought up the question of essential tools to build a fence. As usual it came up over coffee one morning. The experts got to thinking and drew up a few suggestions for tools which you should always have in your locker.
The list of fence tools includes:
- The post hole auger
- A spirit level and measuring equipment for keeping it straight
- Your tessential fence tools
- A circular saw
- Vinyl fence tools are a bit different
Let’s take a closer look at each tool and why you may need them.
The post hole auger
You can, if you like, do every post hole by hand, digging and shoveling the dirt as you go.
The problem here is not only the back-breaking work, but in getting each hole the correct depth and width. At Fence Supply Online we recommend a post hole auger when doing big projects. You can either get an attachment for your tractor or use a handheld one, depending on the size of the job. Each hole will be perfect and ready in a fraction of the time.
Make the work as easy as possible, whenever possible.
A spirit level and measuring equipment for keeping it straight
Map out your fence and where it will go. Make sure you have the height measured correctly, and the boundaries are where they should be.
Use a measuring tape or electronic equipment to figure out the placement of each fence post hole. Only when you are sure where the posts will go, should you start digging the holes in the dirt. You should be sure that the fence runs in a straight line before putting up the poles.
An essential task is to make sure each post and rail is level; uneven fences are weak and do not look good. A simple spirit level can tell you where to make adjustments.
Plenty of our clients use Level Apps on their phones with perfect results too.
Your essential fence tools
It is always a good idea to have a toolbox of essentials around the home or the ranch. It helps with the small jobs, and the big projects, like installing a fence.
In any toolbox for building a fence you should have:
- A claw hammer
- Set of screwdrivers
- Heavy-duty work gloves
- Wire cutters
Always buy a recognized brand and remember a toolkit is for life.
A circular saw
You may think that just because you bought a fence from a quality supplier, there will not be any need for adjustments.
The truth is you will need to do cutting, trimming, and some creative interventions on every fence project. Corners, end of the fence pieces and making adjustments for obstructions all require cutting the material. A circular saw will cut through most parts, and you will get a clean cut too. On some jobs a small chainsaw makes a huge difference.
Vinyl fence tools are a bit different
We love vinyl fencing and recommend it for home, business, privacy, and ranch fences.
Vinyl is easy to assemble and is almost maintenance-free. It is well worth the investment. When doing a DIY vinyl fence install always have the right tools to hand. Outside of the ones above you should also have a Vinyl Notching Tool and a Vinyl Rail Remover Tool in your kit.
You will need them, and they do a vital job.
At Fence Supply Online we love to help with DIY fence projects.
We believe that a good set of tools will make the work a lot easier.
Our experts can help you and will answer any question.
Call us today for all your fencing needs.