It never is easy to take on a project that you are unfamiliar with which happens almost every time homeowners take on something new. It is not often that you install a fence for instance or take on the installation of ceramic tile flooring. These projects happen once so you learn as you go. This article will walk you through step-by- step the process of installing the perfect aluminum fence. The perfect white aluminum picket fence or aluminum pool fence and gate are just a few simple steps away.
First things first like with any project outside of your home you will want to ensure it falls within the home association’s guidelines. After this is covered a trip to the local township to apply for permits and a call to the utility company to mark underground utilities and you are ready to get down and dirty installing your new aluminum fence.
Begin your fence installation by laying out the line that will become the perimeter of your new fence. This process should be done using a measuring tape, some twine and wooden stakes. You will begin my measuring and placing stakes within the ground at various points within the fence line. Corners are marked and twine is run and the line will be ready to be squared off. During this initial phase you will want to mark on-center locations for each of the posts, corners, end posts and intermediate post locations should be well defined. This process will help you with the ordering process as well.
The next step is where the sweat starts. Post holes need to be dug. Each hole should be twenty four inches deep and eighteen inches wide. Most of the time when a fence is installed a gate is also installed. When installing gate posts you will want to make sure the footing holes are a bit larger as the gate continuously is used and worked throughout their lifetime.
Now comes the time to lay out the fence. Put the posts in their places and lay the sections of decorative aluminum fence out in between them. This will help to ensure you have properly measured the spaces in between for the poles to be in place as well as the sections of fencing.
Using quick drying concrete will help the next process come along. Each post will take patience and time to set. Fill the hole with quick drying concrete until it comes to just about four inches below the ground level. This allows room for dirt to be piled over the footing area blending it with the rest of the lawn. A level is needed to make sure each post is leveled and plumbed correctly.
As you go along you will want to recheck the previous posts to ensure you are staying level and plumb. You should straighten the posts as necessary to ensure that the aluminum fencing sections are leveled upon installation. If you are consistent in checking the concrete will not be completely set up so it will be easier to make adjustments.
The final steps involve inserting each section of aluminum fence panel in between the poles once the concrete has completely dried. This is where the hardware that same along with the fencing sections is needed. Once this is complete it is time to install the gates and there you have it a completed aluminum fence.