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Supplies to Consider Before You Start Building Your Fence

The market for DIY is booming these days for the obvious reason – post recession America is still trying to save money where it can. If you need a new fence and think you can handle the job of putting it up, you may need a few pointers on tools and other supplies. Here is Fence Center’s checklist of things to consider before visiting our online store and making a purchase

What type of fence are you building?

Image of fence and supplies.

The main types of fencing used around most homes are chain link, wood and vinyl, each of which has its own advantages. Chain link is the cheapest of all and yet also the longest lasting, but it’s not as visually appealing as the others. Wood is a classic, is reasonably inexpensive up front, but requires more maintenance and doesn’t last as long. Vinyl is the best of both worlds, being attractive and also long-lasting, but the up-front cost is higher. This may be offset by its long life span and low maintenance costs. Decide which type to use ahead of time and figure out how many panels you will need for the space.

Do you need concrete?

Homeowners are divided on whether to use concrete mooring for the fence posts or not. In normal soil, it may not be necessary, especially for chain link fences (which don’t suffer as much wind strain) or if you’re digging deep post holes. For shallow holes, or to give added wind resistance to wood or vinyl, cement is a necessary part of your fence supplies.

How are you digging post holes?

In most soil types, a simple post hole digger is all you need—this is a hand tool that digs narrow holes perfect for fence posts. It is not recommended to dig a trench or use regular shovels, because you’ll need to fill in around posts with loose soil, weakening the posts’ mooring. In very tough soil, you may need a power auger, which can be rented instead of purchased (if you prefer).

Do you have the right tools?

Tools for building make up an essential part of your fence supplies. II the case of wooden fences, a power drill and wood screws are best—nails are not recommended. For vinyl or chain link fences, you can always ask Fence Center about the right equipment, which will include a crimping tool or a fence stretcher and tension clips, respectively.

What about paint, stain or sealant?

If you’re building a wooden fence, you will need to finish and seal it. Some paints are meant to be all-in-one paints and weather sealants; otherwise, you will need to put a clear weather protective finish over the paint or stain.

Is there anything else you’d want on hand before starting your fence project?

What Are Three Ways to Remove the Stress from your Backyard?

Now that it’s getting cooler outside and the holidays approach us, it’s a great time to take stock of your current situation to see how you can improve it. One of the main resolutions many people will have for 2014 is to lower stress. Stress can not only have an effect on your daily life and mood  – it could eventually lead to a host of different acute and chronic illnesses. Therefore, reducing stress could lead to a much happier life, and who doesn’t want that? But where do you begin? We’ll make the case that you should start in the backyard.  Here’s why:

What are the triggers that cause stress? For many, they’re things that take place outside of the home. Just think of all the things that you can’t control in your life. From bad traffic to a tense workplace, there are so many stress-inducing factors out there, so you’ll need a place to take a break from these external threats. Therefore, many people will choose to make this place their home. One of the easiest ways to get started getting rid of the stress in your home is tackling the backyard. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Protect your backyard from winter’s wrath: One of the most bittersweet moments in the year is the first warm day after winter and seeing what’s happened to your landscaping and outdoor accessories. Snow and ice are not too kind to outdoor furniture and planters, so if you can, bring these inside. At the very least, make sure to cover them.
  • Build a new fence for privacy: Exposure is not usually in the equation for anxiety-relief. It can be tough to act like yourself and spend time with your friends and family when anybody can see you.  Building an aluminum fence or vinyl fence around your backyard is the best way to ensure privacy as well as security in your home. You can save money (another way to reduce stress) by shopping our latest Fall clearance items.
  • Start a garden: Ask anybody why they garden and they’ll inevitably start talking about how it relaxes them. Gardening is a way to go in the dark from technology and modern life to reconnect with nature. You’ll get some sun, burn some calories, and eventually reap the benefits through a bountiful harvest or beautiful plants. However, not having a plan or being too complicated can cause more stress than it’s worth. Now is the time to start the planning process for a smooth spring.

Relaxation starts with the backyard. Use these and many other tips to create the perfect stress-free backyard for 2014 and beyond.