05:39PM | 09/23/01
Member Since: 09/22/01
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I am looking at a fence for my new house. I am thinking of installing it myself and wondered if it is considerably cheaper and worth the time. I do some DIY myself but never installed a fence (although I have mended them). How hard is it?

Jay J

05:45AM | 09/24/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi alrickles,

Well, I think the answer depends. I think a chain link fence is 'harder' to install, maybe because you need more specialized tools. A Stockade Fence is easier but probably a little more back breaking. (You didn't say which type of fence you want to build.)

I guess you should keep in mind a few things. Make sure your measurements are consistant all across the job, especially when it comes to the posts. Either do them on-center or edge-to-edge. It's best to do it on-center. So, before you pour your Quick-crete, use temporary shoring on the posts and see how your 8' stockade sections line up. THAT way, if you make any mistakes, you can easily correct them. Dig a corner and the 'next posts hole' and see how you're doing. If you're OK, then do all your digging.

Make sure you dig below frost line. Dig a little deeper and put about 3-4" of gravel in at the base. Again, make sure your posts are 'square' by using a level and temporary shoring. If the posts aren't square, you'll obviously have problems.

I've seen stockade fences installed w/the stockade facing the OUTSIDE as well as the inside. It's your call but for 'looks', the 'good side' is to face OUTWARDS. Oh, if you're planning a gate, draw that up to see where you want it. I think one of the best things you can do is drive around and look at other fence installations. If your property 'slopes' up or down, give thought as to how you're gonna 'stagger' the height of the sections. If possible, don't stagger every section. It looks crappy. Try to keep at least 2 or even 3 sections 'level' w/each other before you 'drop down' with additional sections.

If you want me to see if there are instructions on the WEB, let me know. Ask the folks at the Store if there are instructions too. I'd read them first before I'd buy (if I were you.)

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!


10:23AM | 09/24/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
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Here's a great URL for how to build a chain link fence. Check it out.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited September 24, 2001).]

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