4 Common DIY Fence Installation Mistakes
If you have the skills and know-how, doing home projects yourself can save you a lot of money and the hassle of finding the right company for the job. On the other hand, if you don’t know what you’re doing or run into an unforeseen problem after starting the work, the money and headaches will double back with a vengeance.
Whether you want a tall-reaching privacy fence or a hog wire fence to border off your garden space, there comes the risk of doing the work yourself.
Here are four common DIY fencing mistakes to watch out for!
- Shallow Post Holes
Due to inexperience or lack of tools, shallow post holes are too common in DIY fencing. Getting a deep enough post hole means your fence post will stay secure in the ground, negating the effects of the wind and freeze/thaw cycle and staying in place for years to come.
The recommended depth of a fence post hole is 30-36 inches, which suffices in keep your fence posts sturdy.
- Insufficient Concrete
It may be unseen on most fences, but concrete is essential for a sound fencing structure. Many DIYers underestimate the amount of concrete used for your fence post holes. Having an insufficient amount of concrete causes your fence posts to be improperly set. They might lean and dry to one side, leaving you with a crooked fence post, or it’s now susceptible to knocking over if the wind is strong enough.
A fencing project for an average yard needs around 100-150 pounds of concrete mix, so plan accordingly!
- Changes in Elevation Missed
One of the most subtle things about building, in general, is the slight elevation changes. Knowing when the ground in your yard rise by a few inches or falls is detrimental to the building of a straight fence. So, it’s best to survey your property before digging your post holes!
- Building Outside Your Property Line
Accidentally building your fence outside your property line and on your neighbors' property is one of the most extensive and costly headaches with DIY fence installation. The encroachment can be as little as a few feet or even inches, and they have every right to ask you for removal, which makes your hard work all for naught.
So, our advice would be to study your property carefully and talk to your neighbor before you start.
Let KNO Woodworks Install Your Fence!
The DIY fence may seem worth it, but it cacost you more in the long run, and you may not like the results. With KNO Woodworks, you’ll receive immaculate wood fences, decking installs, and pergola builds at a fair price to you.
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