One of the first jobs I needed to do on my property was to make the boundary safe and secure in the garden. The old fence was just a total shambles, it was rotten and the wind had knocked it down. I like fence building and as a carpenter I find it very easy. However, you need to know some basics before you go out and start laying fence posts. I have some very good friends who work for a great company providing fencing Plymouth so I have learned even more from the professionals on how to correctly go about your fencing needs.
Make sure you find the plans for your property so you can establish exactly where all the underground piping and wiring are. The first job is marking out exactly where you need to put in the posts and to make a solid structure the posts need to be a couple of feet deep so you do not want to be digging into something that you shouldn’t!
Mark out the post sections with a spray can then set up a string-line so that you can centre where the holes will be and so that the fence runs in a straight line.
Dig out the post holes. Make then about 2 feet deep and 1.5 ft wide allowing plenty of room for the post and the concrete filler to give it some solid support. Once this is done start with the corner post put in the hole and brace it with a couple of timbers to make it stand upright. Using a spirit level check that the post is perfectly straight.
When you have the first post nice and level run a string line around the area of your fence and dig out all the other post holes. You need a post about every 2 metres to make sure you have a solid frame to put on your timbers. Put in all the other posts and get them straight before you start to fill up the holes with concrete.
Fill all the holes with some concrete and let it set over night. Then cover with some top soil, the fence posts should be set nice and firm now so you can remove all the braces and begin connecting all your timbers.
Mark out the top of the fence line and put a nail on the corner posts on top of the fence line. Then you can tie another stringline to mark out the top of your fence. This ensures you cut the timbers exactly the right shape and takes into account all the variances of the floor level. Now you are ready to connect your rails.
Mark onto each post 150mm from the top and 150mm from the bottom of each post and then mark the centre. Put a nail into mark so that the rails can be balanced onto the nail to support it whilst banging in the supporting nails. (Check video!)
Now you can start nailing on the pailings making sure they are straight and running along the length the string-line. Remember when you get to the corner you will have to cut down a pailing to make it fit, dont do this with the last one on the corner always fit it before then. Follow around until your fence is complete!
Cut down the tops of the fence posts at an angle so that the water can run off.
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