Building a fence can be a surprisingly large project, so it’s important that you have everything you need ready along with a plan. There’s nothing more annoying than having to run to your local DIY store half way through a job because you missed something! With that in mind, here’s a homer owner’s guide to fencing your garden:
Getting Planning Permission
You need to make absolutely sure that you have planning permission to build your fence, otherwise you could find yourself having to knock it all down again. This is most important in towns and cities, but you should also take your neighbor into consideration and make sure they’re ok with the material and height of your new fence.
Getting Your Tools Together
Before you begin putting your fence up, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. This includes;
- Boards and posts.
- Fencefix spikes.
- A post hole digger.
- Either waterproof paint in your fences chosen colour, or a stain.
- A hammer.
- A level.
- Gloves (you don’t want splinters, do you?)
Depending on the kind of fence you may need more or less items, so make sure you do your research.
If you have a fence that needs replacing, you should think yourself lucky – the layout part of the process will be much easier. You could simply need to remove your old panels and replace them with the new ones in this case! Test one of the fence pieces in a hole and see if you need to make any readjustments. If you’re putting up a totally new fence, mark out the areas with pieces of string to show where your posthole needs to go.
This is possibly the most stressful part of building a fence. However, if you get this bit right then the rest of the process will be a piece of cake! Ensure that your bits of string are in the right place, and begin with your end posts. If your holes are already in place, set your posts inside, if not then you’ll need to carefully start digging! When you’ve got your end posts installed successfully, it’s simply a case of joining up the rest of the posts. Use your leveler to make sure your posts are neat enough.
If you don’t feel your posts are secure enough, either add some dirt taken from the holes to secure or add your cement.
If you’re using a fence where panels are slid easily into grooves, then this part will be easy for you. However, if you have a fence where you need to nail the panels into place, you need to make sure your materials are all water resistant. Your nails shouldn’t be too long or close to the edge, as this can hinder the panel’s structural soundness.
At this point, you’ll either be admiring your new fence, or having harsh words with your neighbor about how you could have possibly messed up so badly. If the latter is the case, you’re probably going to have to start all over again, or you could hire fencing contractors to take the stress out of it for you. Good luck!