Fence Building Tips That Are Often Taken For Granted
In the hopes of protecting our sanctuary from strangers and animals alike, we build a fence. We either contact an Atlanta fence company or spin our DIY magic. However, we have a preconceived notion that as long as the fence stands tall on the ground, with rails and slats and of equal level, they’re good to go. Although these are essential, there are some tips that you still need to consider in order for you to build a sturdy and durable fence.
1. Dig holes – One of the factors that affect the sturdiness of the fence is the hole where it is planted. Posts are usually 4″x4″x8″ and must be planted on holes that are 8 feet apart from each other. Use a posthole digger and create a hole that’s at least 2 feet deep.
The secret to a stable post is this: After digging a cylindrical hole, dig an angle so it will look like a ball. This will serve as anchor for posts. Any Atlanta fence contractor knows this.
2. The Linger Factor -Little do we know that even if we’ve built the sturdiest fence there is, the Linger factor can still cause it to rot. This happens when the posts or fences’ top and bottom lip are not coated. The water that runs down on woods can linger and be absorbed causing the wood to rot. Coating will prevent lingering from occurring and ruining your majestic fence.
3. Wood and Concrete don’t mix – If you ask an Atlanta fence company, they will agree that wood cannot stick to concrete. However, there’s a simple solution to this dilemma-the use of black roof tar. By painting the bottom 2-feet of the post with tar, it will eventually seal the posts and glue the two materials together.
4. Don’t Nail Rails and Slats Immediately– don’t get too excited to show-off your fence by nailing them together as soon as you can. Once everything has been set and leveled, give them at least 1 day to fully dry up. Otherwise, they will be totally knocked out and you’ll end up fixing them again.
5. Use three rails -If you want to have a secure and durable fence, make sure it has 3 rails. The top, middle and the bottom rail.
The top rail must be placed horizontally as this can also aid you in measuring the slat installation. Make sure than upon installation of slats, they must not extend eight inches above the top rail.
The middle and the bottom rail must be placed vertically. This way, your fence will be stronger and the rails will not warp. Also make sure that the middle rail has even space between the top and the bottom.