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?
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?