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How to build a Fence

Date posted: 3 November 2014

Fences are a great way to gain some privacy and separate your home from prying eyes. They are far cheaper than getting a wall built and can be done by the average DIYer. Only a few tools are needed but it’s best to have a friend on hand to help you. Firstly, you need to calculate the amount of fence panels you need. Generally, they are around 6ft wide and 6ft high but the height will depend on your fence posts.

Only a few items are needed that you probably won’t have in your garage. Obviously the fencepost spikes are something you will need to buy. Make sure you have a long-handled sledgehammer and force the metal spikes into the ground. Ensure that the area does not have water pipes or electricity cables running under it, and wind up your arms as this next part is the toughest part of the job.

Measuring out the distance between spikes so that there is enough room for the fence posts and some ‘give’ in the soil will be needed. If this is your first time in erecting a fence then fit the first fence panel to gain an idea of the spacing before moving onto the next one.

Measurements and distances between the posts are the vital parts of erecting a fence that can go wrong. Measure twice and smash the spike into the soil once. Once you have one side of the garden with fence posts in, lay the gravel boards – wooden boards that stop rot from attacking the lower edges of the fence panels – and cut the excess off where the fence posts are. This is where a spirit level comes in handy as you need to make this as accurate as possible so your fence lines up nicely.

The next step will bring excitement as it starts to take shape and starts to look like a fence. Build the fence panels from the ground up, screwing in the fixings as you go. Paying the extra for galvanised nails or weatherproof screws here will mean that there will be far less problems in the future. Use the brackets against the panels to hold and stabilise them in place.

Stand back and take a good look at the fence. If you need to trim off any excess do it now. Once you can see what needs trimming you will then make the final cuts and put the finishing touches on the fence. After this, you should be happy with the overall look of the fence and you can add the post tops with another weatherproof screw to stop water leaking down the fence post and causing its own rot.

 

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