It is good to get back to the basics of fence building from time to time.
Too often,we get caught up with ideas of doing it this way, or that way, but it is good to remind ourselves how to build a fence too.
If you ignore the basics of fence building, you could make a few serious errors, which could cost you time and money. We talk about it a lot around the Fence Supply Online offices. Customers call us with problems which would not happen if they followed the basic rules.
One day last week the subject came up over a long lunch.
“Just what are the basics of fence building?” an old-timer on the team asked.
The young guns came up with plenty of suggestions, and most of them were good ones. The experienced heads had their ideas too and the whippersnappers had overlooked a few of them.
The list of the basics of fence building include:
- Get the maps and permits ready
- Prepare the ground for fence building
- Decide on the best fence building material
- Dig the fence post holes
- Build your fence
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
Get the maps and permits ready
We regularly see people ignore this basic rules of fence building, with disastrous consequences.
If you do not use a boundary map, you may easily put the fence in the wrong place. Get your map and mark precisely where the fence will go. You do not want to build on the neighbor’s property or even too far into your land. A fence will mark the boundary for its lifetime, so place it on your property with a little to spare on the neighbor’s side.
Make sure you have the permits in order too. Even if you do not need a permit in your area, you will need to obey planning and construction laws. Certain standards exist for fencing materials; height, color and length of a fence may also be ruled by local ordinance.
Getting these points wrong may lead to the fence coming down, by the rule of law.
Prepare the ground for fence building
When you know exactly where you are putting the fence, mark the line of it on your property.
Prepare the ground by clearing any shrubs, plants, boulders, or branches which are in the way. Avoid cutting down trees, and it can be easy to work around one when building the fence.
If you do meet an awkward obstruction, consider building it into the design of the fence.
Having the ground ready in advance of construction can make the fence building very straightforward.
Decide on the best fencing material
There are many choices of fencing material from which to choose.
Vinyl is durable, is very low maintenance, and comes in many styles.
Wooden fencing is traditional, and through high in maintenance, it will look great on the property.
Metal fences are expensive but high on security and low on maintenance.
Choose the best fencing material for your property and district.
Dig the fence post holes
When you are ready to go, mark on the ground where each fence post hole will go.
Using an auger, a digger, or just the old-fashioned shovel dig out the fence holes in advance.
Spending a bit of time on the preparation is better than stopping and starting all the time.
Lay the fencing materials flat on the ground, along the line of the fence and get ready for building.
Build your fence
Erect the first few poles along the line of the fence.
Make sure they are secure in the ground, level, and in line with ones before and after it.
Install the panels between the posts, taking your time to build the fence properly.
The fence will quickly take shape, and your hard work will see fruition.
At Fence Supply Online we want you to get the basics right.
Fence building takes time and patience.
Our experts love to give advice.
Call us today for all your fencing needs.