By Vardan Gros. Fence. Published at Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 - 21:19:47 PM.
Installing Fencing Around Your Home MATERIALS- Fencing with all appropriate fittings, caps, rails,etc. Concrete Redi-mix, (bagged) Nails Paint or stain for wood fencing Few wood scraps for temporary braces. There are many, many types of fencing available today including chain link, wood, aluminum, plastic, PVC to name just a few. All are fences but have differing abilities to do different jobs. If you are putting a fence up to contain a 150 pound pit bull, a soft plastic roll type fence sure wouldnt work. If you are putting a fence up to protect your garden, soft plastic roll fencing or chicken wire fencing may do the job. Determine what the fence is for and that will lead your to the types of fencing available for your purpose. For our example, lets say we are putting a fence up to protect an in-ground swimming pool. Several fencing types will work well for this application. Chain link, steel, wood and PVC all come in high strength materials. An in-ground pool requires a 48 high fence minimum in most states and when these types are checked, they all come in that height. PVC fencing comes in various heights, is strong and durable and provides vertical slats that are acceptable for a pool fence. Although high end on the price scale, PVC fencing has a long life and requires little maintenance other that occasional washing. This fence has locking gates, finials, corner posts and other decorative accessories that can be added to create a beautiful fenced in area by your pool. DIY Self installation? Most handy homeowners can do this work and with a little time and care can create a nicely finished product. Wood fencing comes in many styles and heights. Panels are generally 8 in length so help will be needed to handle these large pieces. Wood fencing requires support posts set in concrete and can be modified by cutting and re-nailing for odd shapes and obstacles. Chain link fencing comes in galvanized (gray), black and green wire colors. Plastic coated types are also available. Chain link comes in rolls ranging from 4 to 12 wide. Top, middle and bottom rails may be required to support the fencing and keep it straight and taut. Fencing is held to steel upright posts set in concrete, with heavy gauge wire loop ties. A special tool is required to bend these ties. Another special tool called a come-a-long is required to stretch the fencing tightly between posts before tying. Different gauges (thickness) of wire are available and you get what you pay for. Thin wire types will have a shorter life span than heavier wire. This fencing is not cheap to buy or install so invest well for long time use. Soft plastic roll fencing generally comes in 4 wide rolls. Steel or wood support posts are required for mounting the fence. This type fencing is considered temporary use only and is seen often at construction sites and along highways. Fence posts can be driven in with a sledge hammer and may have pre-made hooks on them to engage the holes in the fencing. This fencing is inexpensive and considered disposable. Wind does a real mean job on this fence and requires high maintenance.
Existing fence If you have an existing traditional fence and your creative thinking dog (The Explorer?) keeps finding ways out then you can consider adding an underground dog fence to keep him contained. This is the best of both worlds. Installation is much simpler too since you can simply attached the underground fence wire to the existing traditional fence.
INSTALLATION- Layout-Carefully layout your fence line so you can measure the length, corner posts, gates, etc. that you will need for the job. Gates comes in 3, 4, 6 and 8 widths. Larger widths are available by special order. WRITE down the measurements. Do not try and remember when you get to the store. With your measurements in hand, get a beverage and we will figure out what you need. Corner posts are easy to count. How many corners have you put in the fence? Lets say 4 for this example. Write down 4 corner posts. Gates. How many do you want and what size? Is there lawn inside the fenced area? Do you have to go inside with your lawn tractor to mow? Make sure at least one gate is wide enough. Ok, we decided we need one 3 gate for a sidewalk and one 6 gate for mowing, cleaning, etc. WRITE it down on your materials list. In our example our fence is 36 long on each side to form a square. Gates are one in each of two sides. Therefore, the other two sides need 2 x 36 of fencing or 72. WRITE it down. One side has a 6 gate so 30 of fencing is required. The other gate is 3 wide so 33 of fencing is required for the last side. Now add all the fence figures together and we find we need 135 of fencing required. Posts-If we know the fencing we have chosen comes in 6 lengths we will need a post every 6 feet and each side of each gate. A little math shows we need 25 posts. One post every 6, plus one extra to hold the 3 gate. WRITE it down. You will use approximately one bag of bagged concrete per post for anything over 4 high. These are your basic materials plus some misc. nails and scrap lumber for braces are also required. Go purchase your items and place in the area they are to be installed. Pressure treated fence posts come in both round and square shapes. Lengths generally vary from 6 to 12 long. Why so long? If you are installing a 6 fence you will need to bury at least 3 feet in the ground to support it. That means a 9 post. Posts come in other wood types as well. Cedar, redwood, and willow posts are still available in some areas. Willow posts if left untreated can re-root and create a living fence in wet areas.
Fence Cleaning and Maintenance Fence maintenance can be frustrating if you are not sure how to clean a fence. Regardless if youre looking for tips on how to clean a vinyl fence, wood fence, chain link fence or steel & aluminum fences; This article should teach you everything you need to know for proper fence maintenance. Each section will explain the materials needed for cleaning your fence, how to clean your fence, level of difficulty (based on a 1-5 scale with 1 being easy and 5 being hard) and the recommended time frames
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