Tips To Help You Install A Sturdy Privacy Fence
A fence installed around your yard or property can provide security and privacy to your space. Whether you decide to hire the installation to a professional fence company or do the work yourself, you will want your fence to be installed properly and using methods that will help it be as durable and last as long as possible. Here are some tips to help you install your own fence to last and be a durable fence for many years.
Dig Post Holes
After you have decided where your fence line will run and marked the corners of the fence, you can begin to dig the post holes. It is recommended to dig and install the corner posts first, then dig and install the holes and posts where the posts will sit between each of the corner posts. This helps you ensure your fence line will sit straight and not vary from side to side.
Use your preferred method to excavate each of the post holes. There are several tools you can choose from to dig each hole. You can use a shovel or a post hole digger, but consider the hardness of your soil and if there may be a layer of clay beneath the soil's surface. These factors can make digging holes manually a difficult and strenuous task. In these situations, you can rent a power post hole digger from a local equipment and tool rental business to make the work much easier.
Keep in mind you will need to dig each hole to a depth of one-third the length of your fence posts. So, for a fence post that is six feet high, you will need to excavate a post hole at least two feet deep. Then make sure each post hole is from ten to twelve inches wide to allow the post to sit inside the hole with enough space for the concrete to hold the post in place.
Once you have your post holes dug, you can begin to mix the concrete. It is easiest to use bagged, dry-mix concrete for this type of small concrete job, as you can mix it one bag at a time in your wheel barrow with a shovel.
Pour the contents of one concrete bag onto one side of the wheelbarrow and add the required amount of water to the other side of the wheelbarrow. Reserve a cup or two of the water during mixing and set it to the side. Use a trowel or your shovel to slowly combine the dry and wet together until they are completely mixed. You can add the water you set aside at this point if the concrete mixture is too dry.
Your concrete should be the consistency of thick oatmeal. It should not be too runny and watery, but it should also not be dry and crumbly. If your concrete has a wet consistency but is thick enough that you can pile it up to create a mound, it has been mixed properly.
Install Fence Posts
To help prevent moisture damage to your fence posts you can add a few inches of gravel to the bottom of each post hole. This will allow moisture to drain from around the fence posts and prevent the posts from receiving rot damage. Next, set the fence post on top of the gravel and begin to scoop to mixed concrete around the post. It may be helpful to have an assistant hold the fence post straight in the hole while you place the concrete around the post. Fill the hole with concrete to slightly above the soil level of the surrounding soil.
Use a level to check to make sure the fence post is perfectly straight vertically and does not vary slight to one side or the other. allowing your fence post to lean just one degree can cause your entire fence to lean and can cause structural issues in the years to come. With a trowel, press and form the concrete around the base of the fence post so it slopes away from the post. This will help water drain away from the wood post and prevent moisture rot.
After the concrete has cured, apply a line of concrete caulk around the seam between the fence post and the concrete. This will further help prevent moisture rot and keep water from permeating down between the fence post and the concrete.
Use these tips to help you install your fence to last many years or talk to a fence company.