A friend rang one day last spring.
“I want to put up a fence,” Paul said, “and I want to it to be a DIY project.”
Now DIY and Paul are not two words I would put together, and I said he would have to plan it properly to succeed.
“What is the best plan?” was the next question.
Any DIY fence project takes planning, and we sat down over a couple of nights to put Paul’s one on paper.
A month later Paul had a fine fence running around the yard, and we had a few beers one night when admiring it.
“Couldn’t have done it without your plan,” Paul said, thanking me for the advice.
To plan a DIY fence project you will need to:
- Decide on the fence you want
- Check the boundaries
- Ask the authorities and the neighbors
- Clear the area
- Buy the best product and tools
- Only build the fence when ready.
Let’s have a closer look at each point.
Decide on the fence you want
How can you get the best fence without knowing which one you want?
Take a look at the fence types friends and neighbors have on their property.
Think about what you want to fence to do. Keep the dog safe? Give the family privacy? Make the garden look better? Add value to the home?
A call to a friendly fence supply company should help answer a lot of questions.
Check the boundaries
If your fence is on the border with neighbors, or public land, you should check official boundary maps.
Building a fence on the neighbor’s property is not a good idea, and building on public property may incur a fine.
Check the maps and get a clear idea of where your land is on paper.
Ask at the local building department for the full map of your land and check with neighbors too.
Ask the authorities and neighbors
This is one area a lot of our clients ignore until it is too late.
It is a good policy to check with the neighbors at the planning stage of the project.
They will not want a fence which is too high or a privacy one blocking out the light. The neighbors can object, but it is best to sort the problems over a coffee than in court.
There are local laws in every district about fence height, style, and color. If you break them, the fence you install may need to come down. Ask the local building regulations official for advice.
It is always better to be safe than sorry when dealing with local ordinance.
Clear and mark the area
Once you have all your ducks in a row, you can start working on the project.
An essential part of planning is to clear the area where you are going to build the fence.
Remove shrubs, rocks, rubbish and anything else which may slow you down.
When ready mark the line of your fence, where each post will go and make sure you are straight in your calculations.
Double check with the maps when on a boundary line.
Only buy the best product and tools
The best fences are the ones which look good and continue to do so for many years.
Only quality product will give you a quality fence.
Use pressure-treated, high-grade wood on the project, and the fence will last.
Vinyl and metal fences may cost a bit more, but they need a lot less maintenance over the years.
Any DIY project is only as good as the tools you use.
Invest in quality and the tools will pay you back with a lifetime of service.
Only build the fence when ready
Make sure you have everything ready before you begin a project.
You should give yourself plenty of time. Check with the local weather people for clear days.
Order plenty of fencing material to arrive before the first day.
Enjoy the project and get a good job done.
At Fence Supply Online we love to talk fencing.
Helping with projects is a favorite with our experts.
Use the Draw It & Quote It software to plan the project fully
Call us for all the fencing advice you will need.