Installing a fence around your property is a project that you could possibly attempt to carry out on your own. The problem with this is that the work takes a great deal of precision and expertise to complete successfully. Furthermore, you’ll need to gather a wide array of materials and equipment to proceed. With so much to keep in mind and act upon, it becomes quite easy to make mistakes along the way. We’ll illustrate this by going over several common issues with DIY fence installation. After reading about these, you may reconsider building a fence alone and instead call a professional company for the job.
Being Unsure About Property Lines
It’s not uncommon for the outside yards of adjacent properties to blend together in many places. As you plan out your fence project, you could draw out the fence along what you believe to be the boundaries of your land. But simple guesswork is not adequate in this scenario because you can run into legal conundrums and fines if you accidentally cross over into land that is not yours. On top of these, you’ll need to spend extra time and money uprooting and moving your fence. This is why it’s necessary to consult blueprints of your property beforehand to determine precisely where your property ends on all sides. Then, you must measure where those boundaries are in reality, double-checking to make absolutely certain that you haven’t made any mistakes.
Forgetting About Local Regulations
Besides laws regarding your property lines, there are other local regulations that dictate what you can and cannot do when constructing a fence. Forgetting about these will result in consequences that are similar to those that you face when you go past the edges of your property. You could face fines and you may need to take down your fence and start your work over from the beginning. What can these regulations look like, though? They are largely dependent on your area, but they may place inhibitions on either aesthetic or practical aspects of your fence, or both. Certain locations may only allow for specific fence styles, materials, heights, and colors, for instance. You may also find out that you can’t build directly on your property lines, but must stagger the fence back a certain distance within your plot.
Lacking the Proper Tools
Erecting a fence takes a plethora of small tools and large pieces of equipment. You may already have some, such as a hammer, electric screwdriver, and their accompanying nails and screws. However, most people don’t own more specialized instruments because there is usually no need for them. A prime example is an augur, which is a mechanized drill that digs holes for you to place your fence posts in. The collection of tools that you need can also change depending on the material of your fence. A vinyl fence is a good illustration of this because you’ll probably require a notching tool and a rail remover tool made expressly for working with vinyl fence components. It is sometimes possible to rent such equipment, but it’ll be up to you to teach yourself how to use them safely.
Using Substandard or Unprepared Materials
Since it is entirely up to you what materials you use for the fence, you may feel the temptation to purchase cheaper options to save on costs. This is an easy pitfall to stumble into that will most likely cost you more in the long run, as those inexpensive materials will break down relatively quickly. Whether it is low-quality plastic that is prone to cracking, metal that is susceptible to rust, or weak wood, your fence will soon need repairs and replacements. Wood in particular is a tricky material to navigate because of the different strengths and weaknesses of its many varieties and the fact that it must have a treatment to make it resistant to water, sunlight, and insects. Should you get untreated wood, your fence posts will rot because they are in constant contact with the soil and the other parts will also deteriorate from the outdoor forces.
Installing Posts in Unsecure Ways
Installing posts in unsecure ways is a common issue with DIY fence installation because of the numerous considerations that you must make while doing it. For one, you must make sure that you don’t unintentionally hit any utility lines buried underground when making holes for your posts, since this could damage them and prevent your building from having access to whatever utility that you’ve obstructed. Posts must also penetrate deep enough that they are not swayed by the elements or physical pushing or pulling, otherwise, the fence will be vulnerable to toppling over. Two feet is the shallowest you should dig for your posts, though more can be better. Along with adequate depth, your posts must have level spreading of concrete or gravel to further lock them in place. A consideration that you must make after all this is how long you will let the posts sit before moving on with the rest of the fence installation. Posts need some time to set, otherwise they may begin to tilt as you’re adding on horizontal rails and vertical pickets or panel segments.
Failing To Consider Ground Sloping
In most regions, the ground on a property is not totally even, and this affects how you construct your fence. You must accommodate the slopes with the angles and positioning of your fence pieces and panels. By doing this, your fence will remain structurally sound and will appear smooth despite the vertical variations. Gradations in the ground aren’t always easily recognizable, however, so you may miss them initially and then run into trouble while in the middle of building. You would then need to backtrack and figure out how to continue despite this unexpected interference. To avoid this situation, you should have the equipment and skills to determine where sloping will affect your plans. The problem is that the average person doesn’t possess either of these.
If you want to have a fence built for you without facing any of these costly setbacks, call Durham Fence & Guardrail. We offer commercial fence installation services and have the knowledge and experience to carry out your project effectively.