If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.
When you are planning to build a wood privacy fence around your property, the task can seem overwhelming. But with the right tools and knowledge to help you make the job easier, you will be able to save yourself some effort, the chance of making mistakes, and having to repair the fence earlier than necessary due to any improper installation. Here are some tips and tools you can use to help you construct and install a well-built wood privacy fence.
Excavate the Fence Post Holes
Excavating each post hole using a shovel can give you quite a workout, whether you want one or not, but using a post hole digger can make the job a little easier. A much easier way to dig your post holes is to rent a power post hole digger auger. You can rent a power post hole digger from most equipment rental businesses.
Be sure you excavate each post hole to a depth of at least one-third the length of your fence posts to provide adequate stability to your fence. For example, for a six foot post, you would need to excavate your post hole to be at least two feet deep. Add approximately six more inches to the depth to provide space for approximately six inches of gravel, which will create a drainage for your fence post and help prevent moisture rot to the wood. Make sure the width of the post hole is at least 10 to 12 inches wide to accommodate the post and any concrete you will use to set the post.
Install the Posts
After you pour six inches of gravel into the base of your post hole, set the post onto the bed of gravel and pour your pre-mixed concrete into the hole. Straighten the post within the concrete, using a level to make sure the post sits perfectly vertical. If the post leans to one side or the other just slightly, your fence will sit crooked and lean to the side, which can cause the fence to become weak and fail early.
Build up the concrete at the surface of the hole slightly sloping down away from the fence post. This will help moisture fall away from the fence post to prevent wood rot. You don't want water to pool within the concrete around the fence post.
Install the Fence Slats
As you attach the fence slats to your horizontal beams, the type of fastener you use can affect the durability and look of your fence. Using nails to attach the slats onto the beams may be quicker to pound into the fence, but they won't last as long in your fence as they can begin to come loose from within the wood slat. Attaching your slats with screws is more effective, as the screws will create a more sturdy attachment.
Then, make sure you opt for galvanized screws. Using galvanized or zinc-coated wood screws will prevent the wood from becoming stained around each and will prevent dark streaks from staining your wood slats.
Use these tips and tools to help you install a durable wood fence that will last many years. Visit a supplier, like Wylaco Supply Company, for more help.Share