Nobody likes a cheat now do they? However, when it comes to making a DIY job go easier, I think anyone will welcome a workaround. I know when I’m on the job any piece of advice from an old hand is more than welcome.
Think of a fencing cheat sheet as a good way of avoiding the mistakes of others, and of saving you time and money on the project.
Now, who wouldn’t welcome such an idea?
The ultimate fencing cheat sheet might include:
- Consider panels instead of individual pickets
- Vinyl cuts down on maintenance from day one
- Don’t put a post straight into the dirt
- Get all your permits and permissions before you start construction
- Fence accessories make all the difference
- Use pressure-treated wood and preserve it too
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
Consider panels instead of individual pickets
We had a client call us recently who was planning a new picket fence.
He wanted to do a traditional build, using individual pickets.
This is a lot of work and may look great, but could drive you over the edge will all the detail involved.
After a talk with our experts, the client went with flat-pack panels for the picket fence. They are easier to assemble and look just as good. No one will know the difference.
We got a photo of the fence, and the client is a very happy man.
Vinyl cuts down on maintenance from day one
Our clients often ask about maintenance and what they need to do to keep the fence looking good.
You can almost hear the fear in their voice when we tell them the amount of work involved.
A vinyl fence looks excellent from day one, and there is very little maintenance needed to keep it looking good.
A regular wash with the yard hose will get off any dirt and keep the vinyl shining.
Don’t put a fence post straight into the ground
A bit of practical advice for any good cheat sheet.
If you hammer a fence post into the ground, without any protection from moisture, then you are asking for trouble.
You need to keep water and damp away from the posts, especially where you can’t see what’s happening.
Set the fence post in pea gravel to drain away any moisture and secure the post using concrete.
Another cheat is to put a seal of caulk around the foot of the post to keep water from seeping in, and gaps appearing from movement when the wind blows.
Always use ground-treated wood for fence posts too.
Get all your permits and permissions, before you begin
It may seem obvious, but we know plenty of people who start construction without getting a permit.
Ask at your local district building regulations office and get the permit, before you do any construction.
When using a contractor make sure they have all the permits.
Spending $100 on day one may save you from tearing down the fence or paying a fine.
Get permission from your neighbors on a boundary fence. It is vital to stay on your side of the border and that they like what you are building.
Fence accessories make all the difference
You want people to notice your fence and all the work you put into building it.
Adding a few lamps here and there can make all the difference.
They will catch the eye, and we have a large selection of solar-powered fence post lamps from which to choose.
We also supply fence post caps, with plenty of designs.
Use pressure-treated wood and preserve it too.
We have clients who want the cheapest product for their fences.
The problem with cheap wood is that it probably is not suitable for outdoor use.
All of our fencing products are of pressure-treated wood.
Wood which has the best of preserving chemicals injected at the production stage.
You should also treat the fence with a sealer, to keep the weather elements at bay.