Have you finally decided to take on a project on the exterior of your home but don’t know where to start? Just like the interior of our homes, we want to feel comfortable in the privacy of our estate, so let’s start with putting up a fence.
After you’ve mapped out how you would like your fence to be erected in your yard, if you are a beginner or even a pro it’s always good to have points of reference before digging. Points of references can be done by marking the parameters with string on all sides of your fence layout. Once you have your string line marked out you can use another indicator like a spray can to pinpoint 8 foot sections, where you will dig for post placement.
*Note that these measurements will vary based on the type of fence you are trying to build*
If you have a little wiggle room within your budget, you can rent out an auger. This tool will allow you to save some energy when digging, instead of digging manually. When digging you want to dig about 2 to 2 ½ feet deep and approximately 6-8 inches wide.
Before inserting the post, you want to make sure to wet not only the post but the hole just a little bit. When pouring the concrete you want to fill the hole, leaving a couple of inches towards the top. This will allow you to cover up the concrete after you’re done your fence project, giving it a better aesthetic look.
Once your post is erect, mark a line approximately 62 inches from the base of the post.
We are going to make our way over to the 2 x 4’s, these will be pieces that will bridge the gap from post to post. Ideally for a wood fence you will want to have 2-3 of these pieces between each post. One located at the top, bottom, and optional third piece in the middle for more support and stability. If you are just starting off it is recommended to do this with a partner to speed up the repetitive process.
Keep in mind when placing these 2×4 pieces you want them levelled out as much as possible but also try and follow the overall landscape levels.
Tools that you may want to consider:
- 6 gallon rigid air compressor
- 18 gauge Dewalt nail gun
When applying the slabs to the 2×4’s it is suggested to put 2 nails in each 2×4’s for ultimate support.
If your yard is hilly and uneven you can always revert back to using string lines for guidance. You may have to do some adjusting as you go along, such as cutting the slabs to fit or even digging a little deeper to give you a clean line at the bottom of the slabs.
We hope these tips will contribute to your first DIY yard project! If you have any questions feel free to contact us!