5 Tips For DIY Fence Builders
Spring is the ideal time for improving your home’s exterior and yard. The temperature is generally pleasant, so you can work sunup to sundown on your DIY projects. A fence can be a beneficial addition to your property for many reasons. If you have children or pets, a fence can create a safe contained space for play. Depending on the type of fence you choose, you could maximize your backyard’s privacy with a fence. A fence can also help keep out unwanted animals. With a wide variety of fencing choices out there, there is a fence suitable for any homeowner’s style. Having a fence put in can be very expensive if you choose to hire a contractor. If you enjoy a DIY project, fencing can be a straightforward job to take on. At Able 2 Rent All, we have a variety of tools to help make the fence installation process simpler. Follow these simple fencing tips and come to rent your tools for a simple and successful fence installation.
· Plan Ahead—Starting a feud with your neighbor over a fence is not worth it. Double-check your plot to make sure that your fence is not infringing on your neighbor’s property. In the spirit of being neighborly, consider letting your neighbor know that you are having a fence put in. Your neighbor could also help confirm that your understanding of the property line is correct. After you have squared things away on property lines, make sure that you will not need a permit for your fence. Every city and neighborhood will have different ordinances, so make sure that you have approval for your addition.
· Prep Your Fence—Make sure to select a fence that looks good on both sides. Your fence should look great when you look out into your backyard, but also when you drive by your house. Before installing your fence, go ahead and stain/paint, seal and finish your fence. Make sure to choose a stain or paint designed to weather the elements. Although you will have to reapply stain or paint eventually, you want your fence coating to last as long as possible.
· Implement Intentionally—Your fence should not sit right on the ground because this will encourage pests and rot to penetrate the fence. Typically, you should have the fencing sit 4-6 inches above the ground to account for grass growth and airflow. Your fencing sections should be roughly 6-8 feet between posts. Plan out where your posts will need to be so you can have the right ratio.
· Secure Your Posts—Most DIY homeowners assume pouring concrete around a fence post is the most secure measure. Although concrete may be sufficient depending upon your circumstances, lining your post hole with well-tamped gray gravel can adhere more naturally with dirt and allow for better natural drainage. Do not forget to finish each post off with a cap to encourage water runoff and prevent rot.
· Use the Right Tools—Although you could use lying around your garage, you probably will not have the most efficient and effective tools for fencing. The fencing process is streamlined when you use a skid-steer with an auger attachment. You can dig your post holes quickly and consistently. With a skid steer, you can save your energy and time since digging the holes yourself will require significant manual labor and time. We have a variety of skid steers available to suit your specific needs. If you choose to utilize concrete, a concrete buggy will greatly speed up your process and preserve your energy. Mixing and hauling concrete in a wheelbarrow will require many tiring trips. Depending on your yard’s terrain, you may need to dig down and level it out. An excavator can help level your yard out to ensure a successful fence installation.
Able 2 Rent All has all the tools you need to successfully DIY your fence. We offer a wide selection of tools to accommodate your home projects. Call to reserve your tools and get started on your fence this weekend!
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