How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Making a Privacy Fence

How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Making a Privacy Fence

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When you set out to build a privacy fence, you often will have a lot on your mind. As a result, there are a number of important factors that you might miss as you go about installing the fence. Here are some examples of mistakes that people often make, including what you can do in order to avoid falling into the same pitfalls.

Forgetting Permits

It’s not difficult to check for and obtain any permits that you might need, but people often forget to do this. This is going to vary based on your particular state and town government regulations. These regulations usually govern how tall the privacy fence can be, what it can be made of, how far it has to be set back from the road, and other considerations. It’s definitely worth a call before you commit and end up doing something that you can’t easily take back.

Messing Up Utility Lines

You can dial the number “811” and get an employee to come out and show you where water piping and other utility lines are on your property at no cost. You really don’t want to hit one of these when you’re digging holes for your posts. It’s almost always going to be a negative result. Plus, if someone comes out for free from the local utility company, then you really don’t lose anything to be cautious about this.

Putting Post Holes in the Wrong Order

It’s important that you dig holes for terminal posts first. They also need to be at accurate ratios in order to make the fence turn out properly. In general, you should make them three times the width of the post and about a third of the length.

Trying to Go Without String

Putting string between your terminal posts might seem unnecessary at first, but it’s actually pretty important when it comes to making sure your privacy fence is completely even. It’s important to make sure the string doesn’t have any slack to it and that it’s no more than several inches off the ground. It should be tied to the outside-facing part of each terminal post. This way, you can measure the exact point where you want to add more posts for the fence and then mark it with spray paint or whatever other mark you want.

Your fence will then be straight when you go to lay it down. You don’t want to end up making the mistake of many others by trying to skip this important step.

Putting the Fence Up Not Fully on Your Property

You need to know exactly where the property lines for your area are so that you don’t risk accidentally building your fence on an area that doesn’t belong to you. If you have any doubt about where your property lines are, you should definitely check the official records for your town. You can also get help from a surveyor or check any other official map.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that you stay a few inches away from the property lines because you don’t want any of the concrete footings you put down to sneak over your neighbor’s property while you’re putting it down if you can avoid it.

Privacy fencing can be an absolutely essential part of a strategy to feel secure in your own home. Avoiding making a mistake when setting up the fence is much easier than you might think. The key is to just check a few things ahead of time.

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Brett Crouse