5 Things to-do before you install your Fence

Installing a fence around your property can help keep your yard safe and clear from unwanted guests. Whether you are interested in steering clear from wild animals at the cabin or potential thieves in the city, choosing the right fence is a must. However, the real task starts when you need to put up the fence around your yard. Although it may seem to be a daunting project, it actually isn’t as labor intensive as you may believe.

Depending on the type of fence you go with, you might want to buy a pre-made fence or buy a kit to make your own. If you are an artistic person, you might decide to design and build it on your own.

Fence Post Spacing

When spacing the fence posts, the best distance to pick is between six and eight feet. The desired space between the fence posts depends on the type of fence you are putting up. Make sure you measure out all your fence post positions accurately so you don’t make more work for yourself in the end.

1/3 of the Post Buried

A general rule of thumb for installing fence posts is that you want at least 1/3 of their total height buried under the ground. This is especially crucial for corner posts, which will be sustaining the most pressure because of the weight of the fence. The easiest way to dig the holes for your fence post installation is with an auger. Make sure you drill the holes straight into the ground and to the proper depth.

Concrete or Dirt

When setting the fence posts in, you can either pack the posts with dirt or concrete. Working with concrete is going to make your fence a lot stronger than packing it with dirt, but as long as you have buried the post to the proper depth, both will be quite sturdy. Use a level to position the posts so they are perfectly level, then brace around them and allow time for the concrete to dry. 

Mound around Post

After the post is firmly in position, build a mound of dirt around each post to prevent water from sitting at the base of the post. You can choose to leave the braces around the posts for a few days or until the concrete/dirt is settled and the posts are static.

Rail and Fence Installation Styles

Adding rails to the fence posts and choosing a fence type are your next steps. Many businesses sell variations of fence styles that you can purchase pre-assembled. Many are made from recycled materials like milk jugs.