At Fence Workshop we’ve helped countless satisfied customers plan out, order, and build their aluminum fence projects. While we don’t do the installation, we will help you order exactly what you need. In this article, we’ll go over the process of installing your aluminum fence yourself. Depending on the scope of your aluminum fence project, you may want to enlist the help of either a general contractor or just a few friendly faces. But, rest assured, if you start your aluminum fence project with Fence Workshop, you will quickly discover that your aluminum fence can be installed very easily yourself. Before starting a fence installation, always call 811 to notify your underground utilities!
I’ve Received My Fence Workshop Aluminum Fence Material – Now What?
You’ve successfully planned, ordered and received your Fence Workshop aluminum fence materials. All that’s left to do now is to get it installed. If you’re a DIY-er, this will be your go-to guide to ensure your installation is up to professional standards. You’ll need to have the following tools and materials to complete your aluminum fence installation:
- Tape Measure
- Post Hole Digger or Auger
- Hacksaw/Reciprocating Saw
- Rock Bar
- Wheel Barrow
- Marking Spray Paint
To begin your aluminum fence installation, you’ll first want to determine the placement of your corner posts and end posts. These posts will serve as “anchors” of your fence layout, so it’s important you are precise with their positions. You’ll also need to determine the location of your gate(s) and mark where the posts will be placed. It will be helpful to use wooden stakes to mark these locations. Use your string and tape measure to mark the fence line around these stakes. You can also go ahead and mark your line post placements with your marking spray paint, measuring every 72 1/2″ between posts starting at your end post. This way, you can plan whether you’ll need to cut panels down at the end of a fence line.
Now it’s time to start digging! Use your post hole diggers to dig 24″ deep x 18″ wide holes where you’ve pre-marked with your marking spray paint and wooden stakes. Gate, corner and end posts should be done first. You can then dig your line post holes at this point as well.
Place your gate posts, end posts, and corner posts into their respective holes – be sure you have the right type of posts in the right places! Be sure to leave enough room between the bottom notched hole in your post and the ground if your aluminum fence style has pickets protruding through the bottom rail – typically around 7 or 8 inches. If you have a flush bottom rail, leave roughly 2 inches between the bottom notch and the ground. Once you place a post into its post hole, fill the hole with wet or dry Quickrete. Insert your panel into your post and connect with next post using the provided self tapping screws. Continue down your line repeating the same process. Be sure to make sure the fence line is level which can be done using another line of string at the top of the posts.
Finally, you’ll need to install your gate. First screw the provided hinges onto the gate. Have a partner hold the gate to line the rails up to the surrounding panels. Once aligned, screw hinges onto gate post. Attach the provided gravity latch to the gate and gate catch post.
Tips To Remember
As mentioned before, you may need to cut panels down if your fence line length isn’t compatible with 6′ wide panels. The panels can be cut using any saw that cuts metal. When cutting panels, be sure you leave enough rail to be inserted into the post. You also may find it more aesthetically pleasing to cut several panels down to even sizes at the end of a run rather than having one very small panel at the end.
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