How To Install Your Own Fence – My Tutorial
Ten Easy Steps To Build Your Own Fence
Here I would like top teach you the steps you need to follow to build a chain wire fence. Using a basic wire fence is one of the greatest ways of creating boundaries while still keeping the space wide and open and being able to see all around you. Installing a basic wire fence may be quite costly if you get the services of a professional but just with little help it is something that you can install by yourself.
Below are some of the ten steps to help you install a basic wire fence.
Before commencing on the procedure;
- Inquire whether you require building and zooming permits.
- Find out if your fence will meet neighborhood deed restrictions.
- Establish the property lines.
- Locate your underground utilities.
In case your fence is being installed by someone, ensure they are covered by the workman’s compensations insurance.
Tools Your Will Need
Some of the tools to use include;
- Tape measure
- Wire cutters
- Post hole digger
- Sledge hammer
- Wheelbarrow, a shovel and a hoe
- Pipe cutter or hacksaw
- Mason line and stakes
- Crescent wrench
- Fence stretcher
Materials You Will Need
Required materials include;
- Top rails
- Line posts
- Terminal posts
- Loop caps
- wire ties
- brace bands
- terminal post caps
- carriage bolts
- tension bands
Steps to help you in installing the basic wire fence;
1. survey the property lines
Ensure the fence does not exceed the property lines. Almost all fence installers recommend all the posts to be placed exactly 4’’ inside the property line. This helps to avoid encroaching on adjoining property with the concrete footings. This is done easily by stretching a tight string along the property line and setting the post 4’’ inside.
2. Locate and set the terminal posts
The terminal posts are usually the end, corner and gate posts. The distance between the gate posts is got by summing up the actual width of the gate with an allowance for the latches and hinges. The terminal posts are set 2’’ higher than the height of the fence fabric of and the line post 2’’ lower than the height of the fence fabric.
3. Dig the pole holes
Using a post-hole digger, dig the holes to a reasonable depth, a depth that keeps the pole straight and stable.
4. Set the terminal posts
The terminal posts are set in concrete using a concrete mix. You can apply one part cement, two parts sand and four parts gravel. Use a level to ensure the posts are straight and centered. Crown posts footings to enable the water drain away from the posts.
5. Locate and set line posts
After hardening of the terminal posts, stretch a string tightly between them. The string should be 4’’ below the top of the terminal posts. The line post should not be spaced more than ten feet apart. Dig the post holes and set the line posts and check with the level to ensure they are straight.
6. Apply fittings to the terminal posts
After installation of the posts and the concrete of the footings has dried and hardened, slip the brace bands and tension onto the terminal posts. Ensure the long flat surface of the tension bands are facing downwards then apply the terminal caps.
7. Apply the top rails
Attach the loop caps to the line posts and insert one length of the top rail pipe through the top closest to one of the terminal posts. Fix one end of the rail end onto one end of the top rail and by using a brace band attach it to the rail end.
8. Hang the chain link fabric
After unrolling it on the ground along the fence line, slide the tension bar through the last link. Lay it against the posts and fasten the tension bar to the terminal posts by use of tension bands. Loosely attach the fabric to the top rail with some wire ties.
9. Stretch the chain link fabric
By use of a fence stretcher fasten the chain link to the tension bar from one end to the other end of the terminal post. Tighten all the nuts on all the tension bands and brace.
10. Hanging gates
After the fence installation is completed, install the male hinges to one of the gate posts, hanging the upper hinge with the pin facing downwards and the lower hinge with the pin facing upwards. This prevents the gate from being lifted up.
This is my guide for installing a basic chain wire fence. I have built many fences and realize that a few extra hurdles may arise along the way but follow this guide and you should have a strong fence that will last for many years.
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