Fundamental fence building basics is a bit of a mouthful.

You need to know them though, to get that fence building project looking great.

If you get the fundamentals wrong, the fence will fail. Get them right, though, and you will succeed in building a durable fence.

If you are a DIY fence install lover, then you will know the basics.

At Fence Supply Online we love to help, and pass on what the experts tell us.

We asked our experts for advice on the fence building basics to help guide the first-timers.

The list of fundamental fence building basics you need to know includes:

  • Understanding fence building terms
  • Getting the right materials
  • Have the correct tools for fence building
  • Checking the ordinances
  • Mark out the fence
  • Get some help on the fence building job

Let’s take a closer look at the fence building basics.

Understanding fence building terms

Often we are lost when we hear new terminology.

With fencing there are a few terms to know and understand.

Type of fence: choose between picket, privacy, and rail.

Fence materials: are you using vinyl, wood, iron, or aluminum?

Posts: these go into the ground and hold the rails

Rails: the lengths that go between the posts

Panels: flat-packed and assembled privacy fence to fit into the posts

Auger: a tool for digging post holes.

When you know what you are talking about the fence install is a lot easier.

Getting the right materials

Another fence building basic to get right from the start.

You need to have the right fence building materials for the project to succeed.

Vinyl is a low maintenance material which will withstand all types of weather.

Wood fencing is more traditional but needs a lot of maintenance. Iron and aluminum are more robust materials and are suitable for security projects.

What is essential is choosing top-quality materials which will last and last and last.

Ask your fence supply agent for advice on the best fencing material for your area.

Have the correct tools for fence building

You only need a few tools for a fencing job.

An auger is essential for digging the fence post holes.

A shovel is useful for clearing the ground and preparing the hole.

It is a good idea to have a fully-charged drill on site for and screwing, and boring new holes, in a post or rail.

We always recommend the basics of a hammer, screwdriver, and wood-saw for any unforeseen jobs.

When you are working with vinyl, the rail remover tool and the notching tool, are vital to have around.

Checking the ordinances

Call your local building regulations office.

They can tell you about permits, fence ordinances, and other building rules.

Your fence supply company can help you, as can a contractor, if you are not doing a DIY install.

It may be that you do not need a permit, but knowing before you begin is a good idea.

You should also contact the local homeowner’s association for what is permissible on your street.

Talk too with the neighbors and see what they think of your fence plans.

Mark out the fence

When you are happy with the fence plans, you should mark out where the fence will go.

Using a boundary map put an X where the first post will go. Using a builders line mark the second X at the correct distance away. Make sure the line is exactly straight.

Only start building the fence when you are sure all is okay.

Marking out the fence on paper before you begin is also a good idea.

Using our Draw It & Quote It software will help with getting an idea on costs and the look of the fence.

Get some help on the fence building job

If you are not sure about anything, ask for some help.

The fundamental fence building basics are easy to follow, but there is always a question somewhere.

You may need a helping pair of hands for installing the fence.

It will make the work easier to do and may make it go faster as well.

Call us

We are always happy to help with a DIY fence building install.

Beginners should know the basics before they start a project.

Use our Draw It & Quote It software to plan the install.

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