Installing Fencing Around Your Home

If you are planning to install fencing around your new home, there are a few things to consider before you do so.

  1. What is the aim of fences?
  2. What kinds of fence types do I like?
  3. What kind of fencing do I need it to do the job?
  4. How much will it cost?
  5. Could I put it up myself?
  6. And most significantly, do I really realize where my real estate boundaries are?

REQUIRED TOOLS-Post hole digger, long handled pointed shovel, string line, measuring tape, plastic cutting blade power saw, extension cords, concrete mixing tub, 4′ level. A tripod and level can be rented and if your property is sloping it will come in handy to keep fencing level lines as you step down (or up) in various areas, safety glasses and good work gloves. To tighten the clamp bolts a wrench is necessary but a good ratchet and socket will save a lot of time.

MATERIALS-Fencing of all necessary fittings, hoops, posts, etc.

Redi-mix concrete, (bagged) Nails Paint, or wood fencing stain Few wood scraps for temporary braces.

Today there are many, many types of fencing available including chain linkage, wood, aluminum, plastic, PVC, just to name a few. All are fences but are capable of doing different jobs. A soft plastic roll type fence would surely not work if you put a fence up to contain a 150 pound pit bull. Soft plastic roll fencing or chicken wire fencing can do the job, if you put a fence up to protect your garden. Determine what the fence is for, and this will lead to the fencing types available for your purpose. Let’s presume we’re putting a fence up to protect an in-ground swimming pool, for our case. For this application several types of fencing will work well. Chain ties, steel, concrete, and PVC both come with grades of high strength. An in-ground pool requires a 48″ high fence minimum in most states and when these types are checked, they all come in that height. PVC fencing comes in various heights, is strong and durable and provides vertical slats that are acceptable for a pool fence. Although high end on the price scale, PVC fencing has a long life and requires little maintenance other that occasional washing. This fence has locking gates, finials, corner posts and other decorative accessories that can be added to create a beautiful fenced in area by your pool. DIY Self installation? Most handy homeowners can do this work and with a little time and care can create a nicely finished product.