Below we outline the key things to consider when taking on a fence replacement job yourself. Carrying out the work takes time, planning and preparation, but is easily achievable. Remember, always consult your neighbour before putting up a new fence. It is arguably the number one cause of neighbourly disputes!
The first step is to remove the old fence. Once removed, it is vital to clear the ground for the new fence and gravel boards. Do this by removing any vegetation or overgrown plants and then level the soil. Remember to dig out any rotten or old posts; This will make digging any new holes much more straightforward.
Next, measure up to see where your supporting posts will be positioned. If you are using panel fencing, these will be the posts positioned between each panel giving a secure fixing point. These must remain strong and rot free to ensure a long-life fence. A great tip is to use a piece of string and two weights to get a perfectly straight line. Using a fencing spade, dig out the holes to the required depth. A fencing spade is a great way to ensure a neat hole which makes setting your post much more manageable, more on this shortly. Additionally, you could use a hole auger, a great way to loosen the soil ready for digging or post driving. Check out our range of tools to help with your project.
Once your holes are dug, place your post in the hole and check the height. If you're satisfied, remove the post and apply a Postsaver Pro-sleeve at the ground line section. Once correct, set the post in place using a post level to ensure the post is perfectly square and upright.
The next stage is to fill in the hole surrounding the post. This can be done by backfilling with the existing soil. However, to ensure the post is set firmly in place and to prevent any movement over time, try using a post fixing product such as Postsaver Pro-set
. The next stage is to join your sections of fence together. If you're using panel fencing, you will need some fence clips to secure your panels to the posts. Secure these with the relevant size screws. Now that your panels and posts are in place finish the base of the fence with gravel boarding. This is an excellent way to tidy up any gaps and to ensure optimum safety for pets. Continue these steps for the remainder of your fence and then stand back and admire your work.