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5 DIY Fence Installation Mistakes to Avoid

Since man first surfaced on the face of the earth, one of his primary concerns has been the need for secure habitation – shelter. Over the years, mankind has developed elaborate technology and structures to help him live in fully organized and integrated societies. That lead to greater productivity and a sense of satisfaction. The process of earmarking the piece of this society that belongs to a person. This is often achieved through fencing and some people prefer to DIY their fences, while others don’t.

However, when you embark on a DIY fence installation, be sure to be on the lookout and to avoid the following mistakes.

Inadequate Planning

As the popular saying goes “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. No one should even consider executing a DIY fence installation without adequately researched and detailed planning. Admiring someone else’s fence often misleads people into believing fencing is all about digging in wooden or aluminum stakes into the ground. Where in essence, it is an art and a craft all by itself. Some spend years studying how to build complex fence networks. So, before you spend a dime on building materials or resources. This ensures you digest ample resources available online and plan adequately.

Ignoring the peculiarities of your property

This includes having a detailed layout of your estate to know where your property boundaries terminate. As well as avoid being sued for infringement on someone else’s property. Knowing the peculiarities of your property also enables you to know where can be fenced. Where should not be fenced and where can be fenced especially. Geographical features such as slopes or streams are fence professionally as opposed to the easily DIY-able flat surfaces on your property.

Assuming your property is virgin or doesn’t contain delicate utility lines

One of the easiest ways to waste money while fencing your property is to make this assumption and choose not to call the utility agency for their blueprint. Not only would it be a costly endeavor for you to move your fence and repair the utility conduit, in some instances, it can be fatal. An example of this is running an aluminum fence without consulting the utility agency and setting your poles on a gradually wearing live cable. This can lead to loss of lives through electrocution during instances such as rainfall.

Unprofessional Post setting method

Given the fact that your post would be exposed to the elements 24/7. You want to ensure that it has the right amount of structural support and buttress. This is achieved by ensuring your posts are a minimum of two feet in the ground and allowed to set optimally before the rails are placed on them to prevent wobbling.

No buffer zone

This refers to the act of placing your fence posts one or two feet away from the closest structure. This enables easy access to the fence from either of its sides. However, most DIY fence installing homeowners chose to ignore this rule in view of creating more space in their yard. After a while though, the majority of them regret setting their fence in such an unprofessional way.

If this is not your thing. You need to look into using a fence contractor. Do your research and make sure they can complete the project.

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