Fencing panels and posts are not as easy to construct as you would think. In order to guarantee you have your fencing panels erected correctly you should follow a number of steps. This is determined by the ground upon which your fence is being constructed.
To Put Up A Fence On Soil Or Soft Ground.
1. The predominant thing you need to ensure is that the location where your fence is being constructed is clear. Remove any existing or old fencing and then pull out any garden foliage that you do not want to keep. Any vegetation you wish to keep will need to either be covered or moved to a new plot.
2. Where you want the initial post to be sited, dig a 0.75m deep hole wide enough to allow cement to be added liberally. Getting the number one hole in the correct position is critical in ensuring the remaining posts are correctly situated. Place the post shoe or post (if there is no shoe) in the lowest point of the hole. Using a tape measure and spirit level make certain the post is vertical on all sides; then partially backfill the hole with rubble. You may have to build a number of props to retain the posts in position until the cement has set. Once you are certain that the post is in its correct position, mix a concrete mix and fill the hole with the mix. Tamp the concrete with a piece of wood to make certain it gets all the way to the bottom of the hole and leave it to set.
3. Once the concrete for the first post has set you can then start to determine the location of the remaining posts. Once you have ascertained the posts are in position, follow the concrete pouring step in step 2 above. It will be worth having at least one person to help you position the posts as you need at least two pairs of hands. Tip: you may find it easier to site the fencing panel against the primary post and using this as a distance guide for the next post.
4. Once the concrete in all the posts has set, you can start sliding the fencing panels into position. Ensure there is clearance between the soil and the panel; this will diminish the likelihood of any wood rot. Fit any clips you have to the fencing panels and posts.
How to Erect a Fence on Concrete or Hard Ground
1. The predominant thing that you need to guarantee is that the site where your fence is being built is clear. Disregard any existing or old fencing and then clear any garden plants that you do not want to keep.
2. Using chalk, measure and mark out where your fence post bolts will be positioned. Get a friend to help with this as it can be tricky with just one pair of hands.
3. Using an electric drill, drill holes in the concrete where your bolts will be located.
4. Place the bolts through the post shoes and fix to the ground with a spanner after fitting a wall plug in the hole.
5. Position the fence posts in the post shoes and fasten the first fence panel to the initial post with the aid of fence clips. Connect the fence post to the fence panel maintaining there is a clear gap between the fence panel and the ground; this will prevent wood rot. 6. Follow steps 1-5 above for the remainder of the fencing panels.