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It can be a handy skill to pick up when it comes to learning how to install fence panels. Freak storms and harsh weather conditions means that fences are always falling down and needing to be fixed or replaced. Repairs don’t come cheap so learning to do it yourself might save you quite a bit in the long run. Fences are a popular way of creating an enclosure in the garden whilst keeping it aesthetically pleasing at the same time. If you are looking to learn how to put up your own fence panels then look no further. Here are some top tips on how to get started.
How to prepare
- Before the plans of putting up a new fence panel set sail, you should enquire with neighbours if you are working next to their property.
- Ensure you build only on your property by doing noting the correct measurements.
- Confirm that the fence being replaced is in fact yours and not your neighbours as it is their property and you will not be able to remove it.
There are two ways to secure fence panels to fence posts – using fence clips or clout nails. Fence clips make it easier to remove fence panels although they are more visible than nails.
Ensure you have the right tools and materials prepared as well as the right protective gears such as gloves, masks and safety goggles.
Step 1: Clear the area of any plants and shrubs that could get in the way. Be sure to remove any pesky weeds too. Once the area is cleared, measure from end to end and mark where each panel will end with a stick.
Step 2: Use a spade to dig a hole and make all the post holes needed.
Step 3: Create temporary wooden props, these will help support the first post. From here, insert the fence panels and repeat all the way down. Ensure your fence is standing straight as you go.
Step 4: Add finishing touches. Post caps are a great way to clean up the look on fences and tie everything together. Apply treatment to your new fence to increase the longevity of it.