Planning and Preparing for Installation
Getting ready for a fence installation means a lot of planning and preparation before the materials even arrive to the property.
Whether you have installed many fences in your life or this is your first time, taking the time to plan and prepare before the installation process begins is the best way to set yourself up for a perfect end result. Anyone can make mistakes along the way, so taking your time and doing a little extra legwork can go a long way toward making the entire installation process that much easier for you. A residential, commercial, or industrial fence will last a long time when installed correctly the first time. That is why it is always a good idea to make sure you are fully prepared for the installation process.
Setting Yourself up for Success
A good way to set yourself up for success in your industrial fence installation is to have all of your panels and posts laid out around the perimeter of the property. You may wish to use spray paint on the grass or ground to show where each post will be placed. Some people choose to use stakes and string lines to demarcate where the panels will go. This step involves a lot of double checking measurements, which can avoid potential disasters later in the installation.
Digging the holes for the posts shouldn’t be a huge process. There is normally no need for any special digging equipment to get the job done successfully. What you do need to do is ensure you have gone deep enough and wide enough with the holes for the posts. Depending on the size or grade of your aluminum posts, you may need to dig around two feet deep. All of this will be explained in detail in your installation instructions.
The most important tip for any fence installation is to take your time. Even if you are not a fence specialist or professional, aluminum fencing can still be installed as a DIY project. However, that doesn’t mean the work is so easy that you don’t need to pay close attention! Remember, the instructions and diagrams are there to help you each step of the way. You don’t want to get to the end of the project and realize that you forgot to add in screw caps on every post or made similar mistakes that can set you back in time and potentially cost. Read the instructions thoroughly before you start and continue to use them each step of the way and with each new panel and post.
It’s important to note that it is helpful to plan to install the corner posts before any posts along the length of the fence. This helps with measurement as well as setting up the rest of the installation. You may also wish to have a second pair of eyes and hands helping you out. Running your plans by a friend or neighbor can help make sure you are on the right track. It can also be useful to have their help in putting up the panels and showing everything is completely straight and level.
Keep in mind there is a plethora of information available online to help you with any parts of the process that may be confusing or daunting. With a little preparation, you will have an amazing finished product that you can be proud of.