In recent years it seems prefab fencing has become all the rage. Prefabricated fence panels have probably gained so much popularity because they save a lot of time and they really are not too expensive either. You can get treated lattice fence panels in eight foot sections to satisfy just about anyone’s fencing desires.
We won’t even attempt to name all of the styles, but we cover some and discuss sizes and types of wood panels available in most areas. Probably the most common size and style is the picket fence which commonly comes in eight foot sections that are from four to six feet high. They also have a gothic fence style that is similar, but old fashioned looking. You can get panels with or without lattice work to dress it up.
Here are the tools and supplies you will need to install your own prefab fence:
Installing your Fence
Installing a prefab fence with pre-made eight foot panels is a fairly simple process. You will find a simple routine for putting up your fence and fall into it as you go, but here are the basic steps to get you started:
• Measure out your holes eight feet apart. After you dig the first hole, it is a good idea to have an assistant help you hold up a section of fence so see exactly where it will be attached and to see exactly where the next hole needs to be. Measuring is all good, but doesn’t always tell the whole story. Make your holes 18 to 24 inches deep. Check your local codes to be sure that is okay for your area, but it is pretty standard.
• Set your posts in the holes.
• Before you cement the posts, be sure they are set in the proper positions, For inexperienced fence installers, it is probably best to attach the poles to the fence panels before pouring the cement. That way you are sure not to cement the pole at an angle that won’t work.
• You want to arrange it so that you are not only pouring cement in one hole at a time. Otherwise you will be constantly mixing small batches of cement. Have at least four or five holes ready to pour each time and it will go a lot faster.
• Attach the panels to the posts with wood screws if you want it to be strong. You can use nails, but woodscrews offer more stability and won’t work loose over time like the nails will.
• When you have a few panels nailed to posts and in the holes, if you haven’t already done so, pour your cement and let it firm up a bit before installing too many panels as the stress may cause the poles to move out of position.
• Once you have a few panels up and cemented in solidly, continue repeating this process until your fence is done.
That really is all there is to it. It may look like a huge job, but it really is not. It is hard work if you have to dig the holes by hand though. That perhaps is the most strenuous part of the job. An automatic post hole digger is a worthwhile investment.
You can usually find a tool rental place to rent you one for the day. That way you will save your back. Have fun putting up your fence and keeping those neighbors out.