A well-put together wood fence will be a great addition to your property for many years to come. But if you want your fence to stand the test of time, you have to make sure that it is installed correctly when it's first put in. To that end, here are some tips to keep in mind in order to ensure that your wood fence installation will go as smoothly as possible.
Diagram or Blueprint It Out
The more complicated or large your fence is, the more time you'll want to take in the planning stages to figure out the exact path you need for perfect installation. Figure out the exact length between each post and diagram or blueprint it so that you or your workers can follow along once it starts going up.
Follow the Design to Get Posts Positioned Correctly and Then Double-Check
Once you have the exact measurements written down, it's time to actually put the plan into action. While a fence is made up of multiple parts, the posts provide the most important part of the structure. Getting the post positioning correct is very important if you want the rest of the fence to come together without any hassle. Make sure each post is spaced out according to plan and then re-measure the distance between each post once they are all in place before you move on to the next step.
It's Time to Dig the Holes
Once you know the posts are in the right spots, lie them down, (don't move them!) and start digging the hole. A fence hole doesn't need to be super deep, but you want it deep enough that you can pour concrete or whatever other stabilizers you are going to use to hold the post in place.
Make Sure Each Post is Secure
Once the holes are dug, it's time to put each post into its new home. Allow time for the post to settle if you are using concrete or a similar stabilizer. After every post is in place, you may want to take an extra minute and make sure that each post feels as sturdy as possible. When done correctly, these posts should not move at all within the ground. Only then can you start worrying about connecting rails between posts and other parts.
Contact a Professional If You Need Help
This guide hopefully got you through the hardest part of wood fence installation, which is the initial set up of the posts. But if you ran into problems or you just don't want to deal with it, it might be best to contact a fence installation professional