What You Should Know About Installing Your Own Aluminum Fence

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If you've decided on aluminum fencing to secure your property, it's important that you install it correctly. While many people consider professional installation for their new fence, that doesn't mean that it's your only option. Here are some tips to help you install your fence properly for the most benefit.

Taking Accurate Measurements

You can't invest in fence posts, panels or other materials until you know exactly how much space you need to cover. Measure the perimeter of the area in feet to help you narrow down how many sections of fence you'll need. For example, if you're looking to enclose your entire property line, you'll need the measurement of your entire property's perimeter. While you can mark the property lines yourself, you could also have your local zoning department mark the boundary lines for you if you haven't already. That will make it easier to measure the space.

Buying the Fence Materials

Once you have your measurements, it's time to determine how many sections of fence you're going to need. Talk with your fence contractor to determine how wide the fence sections are, then you can divide the total perimeter length by the width of those panels. For example, if you have 100 feet of property to cover and you're using five-foot fence sections, you're going to need 20 sections. You'll also need posts to go between each section. Invest in heavy posts so that you get the most support for your investment.

Plan Your Installation

You can't install the fence posts until you dig the post holes for them to go into. It's easiest done with a post hole digger. Start by digging the holes for each of the corner posts. This is the best way to define your boundaries. Dig post holes that are a couple of feet deep and wide enough for you to fill in around the fence posts for stability.

Once you've dug the holes for the corner posts, place stakes in the ground alongside each one. Then, you can tie string to the post and run it far enough to cover the width of the fence panel and any hardware to help you mark the space for the next post. Repeat this process for each fence section until you have the entire perimeter marked with stakes and string.

Make sure that you also account for the space where you'll put the gate, if you'll be using one. Getting all of these marks right this way will prevent unnecessary digging, ensuring that your posts are the proper distance apart. After all of the markers are placed, go back and dig post holes at each stake location.

Install Your Fence Posts

Mix up a small batch of filler cement. Working in small batches helps avoid hardening before you've got the posts set. Put the post in the hole and anchor it with brackets or other bracing to keep it upright and straight. Then, pour cement around the post in the hole until the hole is full. Leave the supports in place until the concrete has cured so that you keep the fence post straight.

Attach Your Fence Panels

When the cement around the post is dry, you'll need to install the panels. Start by attaching the fence post hardware. In most cases, the brackets secure with bolts. Tighten the bolts as much as you can, because it's important to have the fence as secure and stable as possible. Connect the panels to the brackets in the same manner. Work your way around the perimeter, adding all of the fence panels.

If the idea of installing the fence on your own is intimidating or you aren't comfortable doing it, you can work with local fence installation contractors like All Counties Fence and Supply who can help you get the job done properly the first time.

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