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1 Fence Installation Tips to Make Your DIY Project More Successful

DIY fence installation is not only possible, it can save you a bundle on labour costs. However, if you're not a fence pro. it can be a bit daunting.

Don't worry! We've got some GREAT fence installation tips to make your DIY fence project more successful!

  1.  Make sure you know where your property pegs are. This is important to ensure that your fence is installed on the property line.
  2. It's always a good idea to get a One Call or First Call scan done of the fence line. This will identify gas lines, power lines and other underground hazards. If you hit one of those, it could be a costly and dangerous situation! Most cities have free options for this service.
  3. Use a string line to mock up your fence lines. This helps to ensure that your posts are in alignment, and your fence lines are straight.
  4. Most chain link fences have line posts at ten foot centers, but this can look weird if one section of fence is much shorter. Instead, divide the length of your fence by the number of line posts that should be installed, and use that number to create evenly spaced fence sections.
  5. A piece of wood cut to the spacing you need for your line posts (or marked accordingly) and a can of brightly colored spray paint will help you to get your post spacing spot on!
  6. While professional fence installers usually plunge posts into concrete to ensure they're filled with concrete and prevent water ingress from the bottom, it's often easier for DIY installers to dig holes to the correct depth, and then install posts and fill with concrete. If you lift the post up and push it back down once there are a few inches of concrete in the bottom of the hole, you will achieve pretty much the same thing, and have an easier time getting our posts plumb and level!
  7. Build the fence structure completely first, and then start adding mesh and wire.
  8. It's always a good idea to let the concrete around your fence posts set for a few days before you start hanging mesh. Concrete sets pretty quickly, but it takes time to reach it's full strength.
  9. Purchasing a few extra bolts and nuts, tie wires and hog rings is always a good idea. These small items can fall into grass or dirt quite easily, and are very hard to find!
  10. Lay your chain link fabric out along the fence line before you install it. That way, if you need to "spiral" two pieces together, it's a lot easier! Don't worry though - while it may sound complicated, it's almost like knitting!
  11. If you are hanging gates, make sure you have them and the hardware you will be using on site before you plant the posts. It's almost impossible to get it wrong if you can measure with the actual gate!

We do have a full set of fence install instructions available for our customers, and we also offer free, professional advice to anyone who buys their fence from us. But a little care, a few handy tips and some DIY skill and talent is all you will need to install a fantastic new fence.

Many of these tips apply to other fence types too, so whether you're installing chain link or wood fence, we hope they help!