Installing your own fence is a bit of a DIYer’s ideal job.
Getting outdoors and spending all weekend putting up a fence, what could be better?
If you do a good job installing your own fence you will get a lot of praise, and it will keep the family and property safe for the next 20 years.
You will need the right tools, however, to do that good job.
Having the right tools will make the job easier, and the finished work will look much the better too.
On anyone’s list of tools for installing a fence would be:
- Builders line and smaller tools
- An auger for digging holes
- Electric tools for assembly
- Concrete mixer
- Fence post driver for getting the posts into the ground
Let’s take a closer look at each one to help plan your DIY fence install.
Builders Line and smaller tools
Start as you mean to go on and get the install right from the beginning.
Map out where the fence is going, and if it is a boundary one check with the neighbors exactly where the properties meet.
Mark the first fence post and using the Builders Line and a measuring tape, go straight to the where the next one goes.
Mark the spot on the ground with spray paint, so you have the exact position of the second post.
You will need a spirit level to ensure the fence post is level when in the ground.
An auger for digging the holes.
You can spend a lot of time digging holes with a pickaxe and shovel.
An auger will take away a lot of that backbreaking work for you.
The simple to use tool can come with an engine for doing the digging, or it can be the manual type you twist as you dig.
Either way, the auger will go down to the correct depth and only take the soil you need to remove for each post.
Far better than digging and guessing as you go.
Electric tools for assembly
The traditional DIYer may use a hammer, screwdriver and a saw when installing a fence.
If that is what you prefer, then they will do a great job.
You will be doing a lot of screwing, cutting and hammering of nails too, so we always recommend you use the electric tools on the fence assembly and are more comfortable on the body.
Electric tools make the job go faster.
Remember to charge the batteries overnight and have a few spares too, to avoid any downtime.
Another tool which will make the DIY fence install move along quickly and smoothly
You will need concrete to fix the fence posts securely into the ground and to protect them from decay when in the soil.
Mixing by hand can be satisfying, but the mini-mixer, usually powered by electricity speeds up the process.
You may need one of those willing helpers to keep the mix going but what else will the kids be doing at the weekend?
Fence post driver for getting the posts into the ground
On some jobs you will need to get the post a bit further into the ground than the depth of the auger.
On bigger projects you will have a lot of posts to drive, and you will need them to be the same height along the length of the fence, as well as level.
Using a fence post driver will get the posts that bit further in the ground, and with the spirit level you can ensure each one is level at the correct height.
You can use a fence post driver on your own, which makes it very useful for the DIY installer.
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