Fences can be easily installed with a little forethought and planning. Get these tools before you begin your fence project.
- String line
- Post hole digger (manual or gasoline powered)
- Spade bar
- Wheel barrow
- Shovel and hammer
If you are installing your fence along your property line, you should be certain where your
property line is located. Usually it is wise to move in a short distance off the line to insure
your fence is definitely on your property. Check with your local code official to determine what
the minimum distance between fence and property line is in your municipality. Drive your stakes
in the ground to mark your line. Stretch your string line from stake to stake about 6" above the
ground level. Mark your first hole and dig the hole to the proper depth.
Posts can be anchored into the ground in different ways. Concrete, either wet or dry, can be used.
Gravel can be also tamped around a post to create a solid footer. Install your first post either
as an end or corner post. Mark and dig your next post at the proper interval. Repeat this procedure
until you get all your posts set at proper intervals and heights. Next install your fence according
to the type of fence you have chosen. The last thing is to install your gate according to the
opening you have provided.
Gate hardware varies according to the fence style you have installed.
For instance, all vinyl and aluminum fences should use non-corrosive hinges and latches.
Materials used for these latches are stainless steel, polyethylene, aluminum castings and vinyl.
Pool gates usually require self-closing and self latching hinges and latches.
Your local building code will inform you as to what type of hardware and fence you will be required to have.
Chain link, wood and farm gates usually require either powder-coated steel
or galvanized steel hardware. If you need help or have questions on your installation,
we will be glad to answer any questions you have.