Choosing The Right Fence

How To Build A Picket Fence

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Building wooden picket fences is a great DIY job to undertake on your property. The job can be fairly time consuming, but with the appropriate tools, you’ll have it done in no time and you’ll save a lot of money doing the job yourself. This article will go over the various steps in planning and building a strong and durable wooden picket fence. To begin, you’ll need the necessary materials to make this job go smooth. These include enough wooden pickets and posts to construct your fence, a nail gun, a circular saw, some concrete mix and enough string and wooden stakes to help with your layout. Prep the area and begin layout Once you’ve decided on the area where you’d like to see your fence, you need to hammer some wooden stakes into the grass or dirt and frame the area with some connecting string. This will give you a good idea as to the look of your fence. It will also make sure the necessary corners are perfect ninety-degree angles. Start making the post holes   With a picket fence, you can go ahead and measure the post holes to your desired length, but don’t make them too far apart as it will make your fence weak. A good rule of thumb is to space them every six feet or so. This will make your fence strong and make less work for you. To dig your post holes, you can use an electric or manual post hole digger. Each can be found at your local hardware store. The electric ones will make your life a lot easier if you plan on digging a lot of holes. Dig your holes about twice as thick as the width of the posts and about a foot deep. When the holes are dug, then you can insert your wooden posts and fill the surrounding area with concrete. Use a level to help make sure that the posts are sticking straight up and not angled to any one direction. Leave the posts and give the concrete enough time to firm up.  Build the fence Once your posts are set then you can begin building the rest of your fence. The first step is to start attaching the horizontal rails. These are the wooden beams that will connect each of your posts together. Use strong nails to attach the rails to the posts at the top, middle and bottom of the fence. Work your way around the perimeter of the fence until all of the posts are connected.  When the rails are in place then you can start nailing in the pickets, which will serve as the body of your fence. Simply place the pickets vertically and use your nail gun to install them one by one, side by side. Be sure to nail the pickets into the rails. Stop to measure the angle of your pickets as you go to make sure that they are standing perfectly vertical. Work your way around the fence until the structure is complete. For assistance, talk to a professional like Crispline Fence Systems...

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How To Repair And Maintain Metal Fencing

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Is your metal fence looking a little worse for wear? Time, weathering, and mechanical damage can all lead to a chipped finish or rust. Fortunately, you can repair most of the damage yourself on many types of wrought iron or metal fence panels. The following guide can help you with basic repairs and provide tips for preventing future problems. Step-By-Step Paint and Rust Repair Things Needed: Pressure washer Wire brush “000” steel wool Rust-proof outdoor primer and paint Step 1: Rinse the fence thoroughly with a pressure washer set to a medium pressure setting. Pressure washing will remove any loose paint and dirt from the metal fence. Use caution so you don’t damage any nearby landscaping with the sharp spray of water. Step 2: Scrub rusted spots with the wire brush or with the steel wool until all the rust is removed. You can also use the steel wool to “sand” rust-pitted areas so they are smooth again. Rinse the fence with plain water when you are done. Step 3: Apply a rust-proof primer to the entire fence. Use a brand rated for outdoor use on metal. You can use a brush on variety or a spray variety. If you opt for a spray variety, arrange dropcloths over the lawn, sidewalks, and neighboring plants to protect them from overspray. Step 4: Allow the primer to dry completely, and then apply the rust-proof paint in the color of your choice. Apply up to two coats, allowing each to dry thoroughly between applications. How to Repair Major Damage Sometimes a portion of the fence has suffered damage more extensive than what paint can fix. Bent or broken fence rails, or extensive rust pitting, can mean replacement is the best option. Fortunately, most metal fences are sold as panels, so you can simply purchase a matching panel to replace the damaged portion. If your fence isn’t assembled as panels, or if the design is no longer available, consult with a custom fence contractor to see if they can fabricate a replacement or repair the damaged fence section. Preventing Future Damage Caution and proper care are the best ways to keep a metal fence looking and performing well. The following are the major things you can do to keep the fence in good repair: Inspect the fence weekly for any signs of paint damage or rust. Remove rust immediately with a wire brush and touch up the paint. This prevents damage from spreading. Create a buffer zone between the bottom of the fence and lawn areas so that lawn mowers and string trimmers don’t hit and damage the fence. Use mulch or concrete curbing to create a small plant-free zone. Avoid using salt to de-ice areas near the fence. The salt can eat into the paint, causing pitting or rust. For more information about caring for your fence, or for help replacing damaged components, look for wrought iron fencing by AJ Wrought Iron Security & Ornamental Ltd or another professional company....

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