DIY is a great way to put your skills to work.
Doing it yourself can also be a terrific way of making mistakes and costing you money. Many DIY installs fail due to simple errors and fence posts are a big problem area.
It doesn’t have to be so and five mistakes DIY installers make with fence posts are:
- Not Spacing The Fence Posts Properly
- Not Securing The Posts Deep Enough Into The Ground
- Using The Wrong Type Of Anchor Posts
- Using Low-Quality Product
- Not Seeking Advice
Let’s have a look at these common-sense rules in a little more detail.
1. Not Spacing The Fence Posts Properly
There is a good reason why having the post set on 8-foot centers is a golden rule in fence installs: the length of a standard rail is 8-foot.
By putting a post every eight foot you are giving stability to the structure.
Each post will support the rails fully and prevent sagging.
The fence will also look good, which always adds that extra bit of pride to a DIY job.
2. Not Securing The Posts Deep Enough Into The Ground
Every fence post should be a minimum of three feet below the ground. A fence post that is too short will not go deep enough and lead to many problems.
You are not saving time or money by burying the posts at any depth less than 3-foot.
3-foot is essential for the stability of the post and of the fence too.
When you put the post in deep enough you do not need to add concrete. Just tamper well and the post will stay standing for many years.
You may need to bury posts for a taller fence deeper than three feet. Ask for advice from our experts.
3. Not Using Anchor Posts
You need to use anchor posts for extra strength in areas along the length of the fence.
An anchor post is used at corners, curves, dips, and gates and is an essential part of the fence installation.
These wider and longer posts will allow you to add extra support in areas which need it the most. Using an anchor post that is not wide enough won’t support the rails and will cause the fence to sag very quickly.
A top tip is to bury the anchor post deeper, to give the fence extra strength and stability.
4. Using Low-Quality Product
It should be obvious but you need the right fence post to do the install work properly.
Many DIY enthusiasts try to save money by using a poor-quality product. However soon the lack of quality will become apparent.
A poor-quality post will warp easily, causing the fence to weaken and even collapse.
Using a ‘landscape post’ will not do. It won’t be treated for ground contact and will quickly rot once set in place, under the surface, where you can’t see the problem until the post falls over.
Low-quality product causes nothing but problems and your fence posts need to be as good as possible.
5. Not Seeking Advice
Ask a neighbor if they had any problems erecting their fence posts.
You may discover the soil is full of rock and stone a couple of feet down, which will cause no end of problems.
There may be old utility pipes and lines running along the property, which you do not want to hit when driving a post down. A county official will help you here.
An expert eye will guide you to where you should be putting the posts and if the ones you are planning to use are good enough for the job.
Good advice is often free but can be invaluable.
Avoid DIY Mistakes: Save Time And Money
By following these guidelines you should easily avoid the DIY mistakes that many people do make, especially on a first install.
At fencesupplyonline.com we want people to use only quality products on every DIY fence install.
Contact us today for some expert advice and for a full quote on all the fencing material needed for any fencing job.