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November 27, 2017

Note: This Fence Installation Guide Is Not 100% Completed.  By posting this, it forces me to make time to complete this.  This should be 100% by December 8th.

Don’t Know How To Install A Fence? 

Read this guide and this will give you a good idea of the tools needed and the steps that should be taken.

As time permits I will be making videos to show the entire process.  Until then, if you have any questions please reach out to us.

Step 1: Find Your Survey

Most of the time you will have received your survey when closing on a house.

This is very important so that you can figure out where your property ends.

You do not want to extend your fence past your property but you don’t want to lose a lot of yard either.  Most towns require your fence line to be about 6″ in from the property line.

Step 2: Should You Get A Fence Permit?

The simple answer is yes!  Most every town in the Deptford area requires a permit.  You could try and install your fence without a permit, but you do risk major headaches later on.

Below are different scenarios and how important a fence permit really is:

You Have An Existing Fence And Want To Replace With The SAME Style (Very Low Risk)

  • For example, if you have a privacy fence and want to install another privacy fence.
  • Most town do not require a new permit.

You Have An Existing Fence And Want To Replace With A NEW Style (Medium Risk)

  • When you start getting into this territory you will most likely need a permit.

You Have No Existing Fence (High Risk)

  • You will want to get a permit.

You Live In A Community That Has An HOA (Very High Risk)

  • Do NOT install a fence without a permit.
  • HOAs can make for a very miserable experience if you do not get a fence permit and they do not allow that style of fence.

You Live On A Corner Lot (Very High Risk)

  • Do NOT install a fence without a permit.
  • Every town has very specific conditions for getting the fence.
  • Most towns consider the side of the house that has the corner street to be the edge of your backyard.
  • So if you are looking at the front of your house and the street is on the right side then anything that extends past the right side of your house to be your front yard.  This usually means that you will only be allowed a 4′ tall fence.
  • However, some towns will allow a 5′ or 6′ tall fence if you stay either 20′ or 30′ away from the street.

Step 3: Figure Out Your Layout

If you are doing a rectangular layout you pretty much just need to figure out where the corners will be going and then you are all set.

If you are installing a fence that will incorporate natural curves around a pool or landscaping I would suggest using a hose or extension cord.  This will allow you to visualize the layout.

Decide What Fence To Install

Once you figure out what kind of fence you would like to install, hop on DeptfordFence.com and send us your layout.  We will figure out all the posts, sections, gates, etc.  Once you place the order the typical lead time is only 2 days and will be delivered to your door.

Below are links to other blog posts on my site.  These each discuss the different types of fence:

Master Guide To All Styles Of Fence:

All About Wood Fences

Vinyl Fencing

Aluminum Fencing

Chain Link Fencing

Call 811!!!

Reasons to call 811

  • You don’t want to blow yourself up
  • You don’t want to electrocute yourself
  • You don’t want to bust a sewer line
  • You don’t want to pay $1,000s in repairs.

Gather Your Tools For The Installation

Below are the bare minimum tools needed to install a fence.

  • Necessary Tools For Your Fence Installation
    • Digging Bar 
      • This is tool is absolutely necessary to install a fence.
      • Used to help dig through tough soils like clay.
      • Used to back down soil and cement when setting the post.
      • Used to cut though roots and stumps.
    • Post Hole Diggers 
      • This digs the actual hole.
      • You cannot use a shovel to dig down 3′ unless your want a huge hole.
    • Level 
      • You want fence to be installed level right?
    • String Line 
      • Used to make sure your fence is nice and straight.
      • Even if you are installing a fence that will bend and curve around landscaping, free form pool, etc you will need this for the gates.
    • Metal Stakes or Rebar 
      • These are used to tie the string to.
      • It’s not advisable to tie direct to the post.  The tension of the string may pull the post out of plumb.
    • Advil or Tylenol 
      • If you are not used to this kind of work, you will definitely be sore!

                              

 

  • Optional Tools For Fence Installation
    • Gas Powered Auger
      • I would suggest either a tow behind auger or a mini skid steer / Dingo
      • The one man augers usually only work will with easier soils.  If the soil has roots or is clay these things are pretty much worthless.
      • Another down side of the one man and two man augers is that if you hit a root WATCH OUT! That sucker will kick back and leave you with a massive bruise on your thigh.
      • Below is a video showing the issues people have with tough soil.  Also, notice how if he wasn’t careful this auger would have smacked him in the leg a few times.  Trust me, it is not fun!

Layout Your String Lines

This step is super critical if you are not installing a fence around a curving landscape.

Have you ever seen a fence that looks like they were trying to mimic a snake? That’s right, they didn’t use string lines.

Note: For the best looks you should try to run your fence parallel and perpendicular to your house.  If you don’t it may seem a bit off.

Install Your Corner Posts and End Posts

By installing your corner posts and end posts first you have basically set your anchors.

Install Your Line Posts

Install Your Gate Posts

Advil And A Cold Beverage

You made it!  Great Job!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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