For many homeowners, a garden is great for exterior décor as well as DIY projects. However, all gardening projects are not made equal. For instance, to attach a garden fence to a post is more taxing than planting seeds. The simplicity of the project depends largely on your experience, the soil type, and the type of materials used. No wonder some people decide to hire a professional for fence-related issues. However, it is very possible to DIY if you know the right steps to follow.
Note: Before we get into the steps, it is important to double-check the building requirements and paperwork to determine if you or your neighbour is responsible for the fences. Also, be sure to confirm local rules and guidelines before taking on this project.
Get Your Supplies And Tools Handy
For a perfect job, you must get the necessary tools and supplies, and keep them handy as you begin the project. This is the most important step because the wrong tools or supplies will do no good once you begin. Better yet, seek expert help while buying the tools and supplies.
We cannot exactly give a complete list of items to buy because it varies with the type of fence. However, keep in mind that the number of posts needed for the fence must be equal to the number of panels required, plus one. You will need all or some of the following items too;
Set Up The Space
Having prepared your materials, the next step to attach a garden fence involves preparing the space. Weeds and debris should be removed from the area where the fence will be placed. After that, draw a line to indicate where the fence will be installed. Then, take precise measurements for each fence post. You must, of course, consider the dimensions of your fence panels. Take care not to injure any plants growing near the fence.
Prepare The Wood For Use
Wood is the go-to option for many homeowners. For those using wood, take the time to select the right wood for the project. Check for any indication of decay. Additionally, you want to coat the sawn-off ends with a water-resistant solution or wood preservative to keep them from decay.
Get To Work On The Hole
It is time to get dirty. Installing a fence requires some digging. You want the fence to be solidly rooted so it doesn’t get blown away easily.
In this step, you will need a digging tool like a shovel or spade. Make sure the hole is deep enough to cover one-third of the post. After you’ve dug the hole, fill it with a few inches of gravel and press it down with the fence post. Our pro tip here is to dig as you go rather than excavating all of your holes at once. The last thing you want is to get to the point when you’re about to install the next fence panel and realise you miscalculated, causing you to start all over again.
Insert Your Post In The Centre Of The Hole
The next step to attach a garden fence involves installing the posts. If you don’t have anybody to help you hold the fence posts in place while you nail in the panels, we recommend starting from the centre. Simply place them in the centre of the hole and brace them with two stakes into the earth on opposing sides of the post to keep them upright.
The Panel Should Be Fitted Perfectly
To attach the first panel to the post, dig six guide holes evenly down each panel frame. Then use a bubble level to ensure the fence is straight before fastening the panel to the post with nails. This step should be repeated on the other side of the panel.
Repeat This Process For Every Other Post Hole
If you’re only installing one fence panel, you can congratulate yourself on a job well done. If it’s more than one, then you should repeat steps 1 to 8 for the other posts and panels.
All in! You can see that these steps to attach a garden fence to a post are totally doable. However, they may not be the easiest DIY task to take on. Make sure you seek expert recommendations and advice whenever you are stuck. We are here to help. Have fun!
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