People will install a backyard fence for all sorts of reasons. Whether it be security, keeping the dog in, keeping the toddler in or just for aesthetic purposes, there are a variety of different fencing types that cater to each and every one of these needs. A lot of people feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing the right kind of fencing for them, and in some cases make a decision that they regret. Here are some things to avoid when consider your new backyard fence.
- Bad planning. If you’re planning on doing the work on your own or with a friend in the true DIY style, then you’re going to want to make a detailed plan of action. You don’t want to rush into hiring all the tools and buying the wood without making the correct measurements and really understanding what it entails to make build a fence. It can be a lot of hard work, so be sure that you know what you’re in for and consider consulting a professional such as Ram Fence Company to weigh up your budget and your planning options.
- Not checking local zoning regulations. Certain fences are not allowed in certain areas, so it’s very important that before you get knee deep in soil, that you check with your local HOA that you’re fence is within the height limitations, and whether or not your type of fencing is allowed in your neighborhood.
- Not making the correct measurements. The most common mistake that all DIY fence builders make is to not make the correct measurements. You don’t need a degree in math to build a fence, but it sure would help as it’s certainly not as easy as it looks. There are a number of things to consider when making your measurements and in some occasions you will need to make significant modifications to the fence and to the ground in order for the fencing to be installed.
- Bad post setting. The role of the fence post is to keep the structure secure and sturdy. If the post is not set in the ground correctly, the strength of the fence will be compromised and it’ll start to lean and eventually fall right over. Your posts need to withstand the pressures of weather and need to withstand the pressure of the occasional bump here and there. Your posts should be at least 2 feet in the ground in order to hold the weight of the fence up. The more gravel and concrete you use the more sturdy the fence will be.
Not accounting for slope. The backyard isn’t always going to be completely level so you’re going to want to do as much leveling as possible before you start building a wooden fence, metal fence or whatever material you may be using. You’ll also need to account for what angle the fence will be at. If it is parallel or perpendicular to the slope, it’ll behave differently when the concrete is setting. Be aware of type of earth you’re digging into. if it’s weak earth, the fence could eventually become crooked. Digging deeper and casting the posts with more cement will help with this.