Preparing for the Fence

I think most people will go looking for the fence, select the style of fence, material, colour and capping and then consider how it is going to be installed. A professional fence will consider the installation as part of the design, because some fences will fit better in certain conditions. For me the type of fence was easy. Whatever was cheapest, as this was originally going to be a temporary installation.

That meant Post and Rail. Kerrie decided on colour to match the roof. The material is colour bond in traditional corrugated style. Some shopping round on the internet and a couple of phone calls and the best deal was from Bargain Steel Centre.

Getting a string line for the main fence line was easy, as I wanted it 3 meters from the boundary fence. I wanted the end of the fence to turn a right angle and go the the boundary fence. The easiest way to do that was with the 345 measurement. If one leg of a triangle is 3 units and the right angle leg is 4 units the distance between the 2 legs (the hypotenuse) is 5 units. Measuring along 4 meters from my end point on the boundary fence and 5 meters from from that point back to the string line gives the point at which the fence turns the right angle.

This time around I had to dig the post holes by hand. About 30 minutes per hole, compared to less than 5 minutes each with a post hole digger. A lot more blisters too. I dug the post holes yesterday and positioned the posts. I had got the centering of the post hole wrong a two of them so I dug some more out of those ones to allow me to centralise the post in the hole.

I found the easiest way to position the post was to have a level on the post and move the post till the post just touches the stringline when the post is upright in that plane. Get some filling in to hold the post in that position and then adjust the post in the 90 degree plane.

At that point you need to get your final filling in. Usually this would be concrete, but a mix of sand and stone can also be used. If using the sand and stone ensure that the mix is tamped down firmly.

Next up will be setting the rails in position.

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