Friday, September 30, 2011

Building Fences For Newbies

If you are in the market for a new fence, you may be thinking about doing it yourself. Depending upon the details of the project, this is something that you may be able to do. However, keep in mind that it will probably take longer that you think it will and it will be harder too. If you do end up installing the fencing on your own, here are some tips that may not occur to newbies.

The first thing that you have to know is that digging the hole is the most important aspect of your fence if you want it to be sturdy. When you start digging holes for the posts, you will discover that this is very hard work. It will be very tempting for you to not make the hole as big or as deep as is typically recommended because of how hard it is. This would be a tremendous mistake and you will regret it at some point in the future. When you get tired, take a break if you have to, but do not stop until you reach the recommended specifications.

Another factor that most new fence builders do not know about is sometimes called the "linger factor". This is when the top or the bottom of the post is not properly coated. This means that moisture will be able to seep into the post. Eventually, this will cause the entire post to rot and it will have to be replaced. Make sure you avoid this problem by properly coating both ends of the post.

Most people know that putting concrete around the post is a great way to make it stable. However, most people do not know that this would not work if you have a wood pole. Concrete cannot stick to wood. If you are planning to do this, it is important for you to coat the post with tar. This will act as a sealer for the post and it will allow the concrete and the wood (through the tar) to glue together to form a very stable base for your fence posts. Once you get the posts set up, you should not nail the slats and rails together right away. The best case is to let it sit and dry out for a day before you do this. Most experts agree that if you want a sturdy fence, it should have three rails to it, not just two.

The top of the fence needs to be put on horizontally. The top rail of the fence is where your eye will go when you look at the fence so this is the most important one. This is the one that needs to be level because the other rails will be put on based upon this one. If the top rail is crooked, the rest of the rails are going to be crooked too. Next, you should install the bottom rail. This should be done based upon the position of the top rail. The middle rail should then be installed between the top and the bottom.

Stewart Wrighter has recently worked with a Connecticut fence company. For more information about Connecticut fence go to .

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