Learn How to Install Your Vinyl Fence
Vinyl fences are quite a popular alternative to traditional picket fences or rails. While you can always have professionals set up your new plastic fence, you can do the job yourself. If you have another person to help you out, that’s even better.
This is the simple and effective guide to installing your vinyl fence. Whether you’ve got vinyl rail less fence or vinyl picket fence panels, you can use this system to set it up swiftly and safely.
Part A – Prepare the Project
Ready to set up your vinyl fence? You need to do a little prep work first. So let’s begin.
1. Prepare the ground
Start by smoothing and clearing the area where you want to install the fence. Remove things like plants, bushes, trees or any other stationary object. Nothing should come in the way of your vinyl fence. Remember to call up your local utility diggers hot line to mark any underground lines before you do any digging.
2. Measure the area
If you got your vinyl fence wholesale from a supplier like Fence Supply Online, you can use their online mapping tool to accurately measure the area where you will install your fence. You need to know how many feet of fence panels you need to buy. No need to waste cash on surplus supplies. Here is the link to the mapping tool.
3. Buy your vinyl fencing and post
Once you know how much you need, buy the fencing and make sure you have the correct number of post. You can get the vinyl fencing in lengths ranging from 6 – 8 feet sections. This is the length you put between the posts. If you have to fence over a very big area, buy larger sections so you have to get fewer fence posts. If you want an entry point, make sure you also get a vinyl gate kit with the post.
4. Mark the posts’ location
Mark every post location and the lengths between the posts. This will ensure your vinyl fence sections fit correctly. Remember that you cannot trim vinyl fence sections. So you need to be sure about your measurements. Our install video works for all fence products.
5. Lay out the fence sections
As you lay out the fence sections, lay out everything between the places you will need to dig a hole. This will make the installation process much easier. When your posts are in the correct location before you start digging the holes, things will move on quite swiftly.
Part B – Install the Fence
Alright, time to install your plastic fencing.
1. Dig the holes for your vinyl fence
Dig holes for the fence posts. You can use a post-hole digger or a power auger. The holes need to be 10 inches (25.4 cm) in diameter. The depth should be enough for holding a third of the post’s length, plus 6 inches more for a gravel base, if desired, not required in all climates.
2. Put up the fence posts
Once the holes are done, install each post carefully. The posts need to be securely in place before connecting them with the vinyl fence sections. Using gravel and concrete to securely install the posts is usually the way to go. Nonetheless, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to confirm the specifics of your installation process.
Fill the hole’s bottom with 6 inches (15.2 cm) of gravel to secure the post. Next, pour dry quick-setting concrete to fill the rest of the hole. Take a tamping rod or shovel to pack the dry concrete.
Use a level to ensure the pole is upright. Repeat this step for all your cheap vinyl fencing posts. Once done, return to the first post to see that it’s level once again.
3. Install the vinyl fence sections
Finally, time to put up those reliable vinyl fence panels. Whether you’re installing a vinyl privacy fence or using vinyl picket fence panels, the sections usually snap right into place. Follow the specific manufacturer’s instructions about vinyl fence sections. Unless you’re doing a vinyl rail less fence, fix the rails to the posts in the ground.
4. Attach the post tops
Use the vinyl post tops that came with the hardware. Again, read the manufacturer’s instructions for details.
3. Wet the concrete
Get a trough and scrape excess concrete away from the posts such that the concrete slopes downwards away from the pole. This will keep water from collecting around the pole, creating a mosquito farm. Pour 1/2 to 1 gallon of water on the top of the dry concrete, mixing it in with a spade shovel. The concrete will only accept the amount of water it needs to start the chemical reaction. Let the concrete fully dry.
So there you go, the simple way to install your beautiful vinyl fence. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the fence experts Fence Supply Online.