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Installing a Fence

Posted June 10, 2008 11:48 p.m. EDT
Updated June 11, 2008 12:02 a.m. EDT

Installing a Fence

Installing a fence is a project that many homeowners feel comfortable taking on themselves. You may have to enlist the help of some neighbors, but with a little elbow grease and by carefully following manufacturer's instructions most fences can be installed around an average sized yard in one weekend. As with all home improvement projects it is a good idea to carefully plan your project, and as a courtesy, discuss with your neighbors what you intend to do. Then when you are just about to begin the project there are three very important things you must do:

1. Check on the exact location of your property lines.
2. Obtain all necessary building and zoning permits required in your town.
3. Before digging locate all underground utility lines. (Call Utility Companies if necessary)

Tools Necessary

Again depending on the exact type of fence you intend to install the tools required will vary slightly, but in general the following list covers just about everything you might need when building a new fence:

  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Mason String
  • Sledge Hammer or mallet
  • Post Hole Diggers (or rent a gas powered auger)
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Additional basic household tools such as: screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, etc.

Steps for Installation

Depending on the type of fence you choose the exact installation process will vary and you should always follow the manufacturers instructions (usually provided with the product or available at their website). But in general the process for installing a fence is the same:

1. Determine location of all posts, measure and mark the spots.
2. Dig holes for posts being sure to make the hole wider at the bottom.
3. Mix and pour cement.
4. Secure post in cement allowing 24 hours to dry.
5. Attach fence panels to posts.
6. Secure gate and finishing hardware.

Enjoy your new fence!