Fences - Fence Building
About Fence Building
The Basics of Fence Building
Fences are important features of residential homes. They provide safety and structural purposes and keep the pests that you don’t want entering your home. Building your own fence is simple and easy if your have the right materials and knowledge of doing so. It is recommended that you thoroughly and carefully plan a basic and simple design of what you would like your fence to look like then the rest just falls into place. The hardest of planning to build your own fence is digging up holes because you’re probably still unsure as to where they may go. Once the holes have been dug then the structure will easily take place.
Overall basic fence designs vary broadly. But all types of basic fencing consist of the same important elements which include a predominate series of posts which are placed into dug up holes which are then connected to rails by top and bottom, fencing boards and panels then hold the fence together. If you remember these important elements you will have no trouble in building your own fence.
Check Your Local Building Code Requirements
One important factor which those who choose to build a fence must follow their local building requirements. Most suburbs are required to have certain heights and widths of residential fences. You may also be restricted in how close you can build to your own property and street property so it is best to check before you continue on building your fence.
Fence Building Materials
Once you have considered all your options and have chosen the design you need to consider the right material. Lumber is generally a great material for residential fences. They are also a cost affective material. Other's include bamboo, wood and barbed wire .
When you purchase your proffered material consider purchasing extra so that if any breakages occur you have extra to play around with. Other materials in which you may need to build your fence is posts, railings, nails, paint, wet concrete and screws and also galvanized rail clips.
Step 1: Planning and Digging
The first tip to building your own fence is to set out correctly where exactly the fence will be installed. Once you have done so measure up where the fence posts will need to be installed. Always remember to set out the correct measurements in space between each posts for an even and balanced finishing effort. Then begin to dig holes where the posts will be installed.
Step 2: Setting the Fence Posts
Start at the end of your fence and set the posts in there place. Make sure they are all aligned with each other. Use a level to check that the posts are in place properly. You can also tie a line of string across the posts to further ensure they are aligned.
Step 3: Adding Wet Concrete
Wet concrete is required to hold the fences posts in place. Pour the concrete into the dug holes and make sure there is an even amount of concrete and that they posts are firmly in place. You should also round of the concrete because the rounded finish will prevent drainage issues and cause your fence to be unsteady.
Step 4: Implementing the Fence Rails
Attach the rails to the posts by using special galvanized rail clips. Measure carefully using a marker to create uniformed spaces where the railings will be installed. Nail the railing in to ensure they are firm and secure. You should start at the bottom and work your way upwards. Once the railings are complete you should then measure them with a level to ensure they are correctly installed. Leave your fence to set for several hours especially the posts and continue on checking that the fence is level until the concrete has fully dried. Enjoy the many benefits of your freshly built fence. It really helps to have the right equipment on hand.