Properly installing a fence properly requires compliance with some conditions. Indeed, not only must one have the adequate tools and materials to perform the work but it is also essential to follow certain steps in the procedure. It is thus necessary to delineate the field around which the fence will installed and to place the appropriate landmarks. We must also consider the nature and condition of the soil in order to effectively undertake some adjustments at the time of installation.

The installation of a fence must be done in stages. Depending on whether the ground is flat, sloped or uneven, it is necessary to adapt the technique used to the ground’s specificity. The plot of land to be fenced off will need to be adjusted accordingly as well. This procedure requires following a certain course of action routing and, before launching the first operations, it is useful to make an inventory of the required material to use. Spades, pickaxes, wheelbarrows and other shovels are needed to prepare the land. A plumb line, a line, a level, a mass, a trowel, pliers, wire cutters and a wrench are also included in the list of necessary tools. The choice of wire netting, with its different characteristics, will be based on needs and desired effect. If the chain link fencing is the most commonly used, there is also a variety of other available models. Chain link fencing may be galvanizedĀ  by three layers of zinc or be surrounded by a green or white plastic layer. Its height varies from 20 inches to 8 feet and is sold in rolls of 80 feet or 160 feet.. Tension wires can also be coated with zinc or plastic and come in rolls of 330 or 1640 feet. Turnbuckles, wire tie, posts and bars are also provided with the same configuration, galvanized or plastic.

Setting the boundaries of the area to be fenced off and installing the posts

Before setting up the corner posts, the fence line must be delineated with a cord. If necessary, clear or fill up the desired locations. Every 8 to 10 feet, mark the location for the posts, which are then pushed in up to 1 / 3 of their height, according to two possible methods. In fact, depending on the nature of the soil, they can be secured with concrete or hammered in with a sledgehammer. This second method is primarily recommended for intermediate posts, the first one still remaining the preferable option. In the latter case, prior to installation, it is necessary to let the concrete dry at least 3 or 4 days to ensure that the posts are well secured.

Installing the wire netting

Before installing the wire netting, first place the turnbuckles on the corner and intermediate posts, taking care to space the latter ones 20 inches apart. Afterwards, slides the tension wires in the turnbuckles that are attached to the corner posts. Then, using the wrench and starting from the bottom, gently tighten the turnbuckles. Once the tensioning procedure performed, the wire netting is unrolled on the ground and a tension bar is placed into the first stitch. The tension bar is then attached to the first corner post with the tension wire. Every three feet, loosely attach the wire netting to the tension wire, then stretch it by pulling on it. Then, take the link closest to the corner post to insert the tension bar and remove any excess wire. Next, attach the tension bar to the corner post and attach the wire netting to all tension wires. Finally, attach a fixing wire in a zig zag pattern every 2 feet.

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Published in Basics by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011