7 DIY Fence Installation Mistakes to Avoid
Thinking about building a fence, to accentuate your property or provide privacy? Whether you are an experienced hand on fence installation or just trying out your hand on it, there are certain do’s and don’ts to bear in mind. In this article, we will be discussing the top 7 mistakes to avoid when embarking on DIY fence construction.
Not Checking Out Local Zoning Laws
What does your local homeowners association or town hall have to say about constructing fences? Are you required to stick to certain boundaries and not go beyond a specific height? Will you need to fence on a property line or get an offset?
Also, what type of fences are you allowed to install in your area and do you need a building permit? The process of fence construction should not be embarked upon if you have no answers to the questions above.
Failing to Check Your Property Lines
What is the size of your property? Can you accurately identify the line that segregates your land from that of your neighbor? Knowing your boundary line is very important in ensuring that you do not infringe on your neighbor’s property.With the knowledge of your property line, you can save yourself a lot of stress and money regarding having to tear it down again when you make a wrong calculation. You can quickly call an expert to do a survey, and the amount of money involved is minimal compared to having to tear the fence down and rebuild.
Research and Planning
Do you think all it takes to build a wall is stacking up a bunch of wood and hammering them to the ground? Well, you are wrong. Fence construction requires adequate research and planning. You need to do your research on the type of fences available, the materials you will need and how to determine the depth of the post.
You might also have to do a bit of surveying to get specific dimensions for the posts and how high they can be. With adequate research, you can be best prepared for any situation you encounter.
Not Digging Post Holes
Digging holes for the construction of the fence poles might seem like hard work at first, but the end result is that you get a secure fence that can withstand most weather conditions and intrusions. If you need that fence to last, you need to be ready to put in the work. The post hole should be at least 2 feet deep in the ground to ensure it is stable.
Failing to Measure Fence Sections
Knowing the measurements of the fence sections is very important before you start the digging of the post holes for the fence. In fence construction, the devil is in the detail, and just the slightest miscalculation can create a weakness or stumbling block. Get the size of the fence you are installing up front and make necessary preparations to ensure it can be installed without hassle.
Using Improper Posting Techniques
Like we said before, for your fence posts to be regarded as well constructed, they must be sturdy and thick enough to withstand most things especially the elements. That means when you are building the fence posts, you need to take note of their depth, anchor materials, and the setting of the posts before hanging fence panels and rails.
Taking note of the grade of your property
Just like your property boundary, another thing you need to take note of is the grade of your property. Certain yards have curves to them, and some have slopes. No yard is fully flat so before you embark on the process of fence construction, do a survey!
If you want to make sure your fence it installed right give South Atlanta Fence Co a call and we will get your fence up quickly and make sure it is done right.