DIY Fence Installation: What Do I Need In My Toolkit?
One of the best things about aluminum fencing is that you can install it yourself. Not only does this save you money on labor, but it also leaves you with a great sense of achievement. Aluminum is durable yet lightweight, meaning you can install your own fencing around your home, business, or swimming pool by yourself.
Before installing a DIY aluminum fence, it is necessary to plan and prepare. One thing you need to do to ensure a quick and trouble-free installation is to gather all the tools you need to get the job done. Much of what you need to install a DIY aluminum fence is found in the average tool bag or can easily be found in one trip to the hardware store. Make sure you have all these items on hand before beginning your fence installation to avoid unnecessary pauses in the action.
What equipment do I need to install an aluminum fence?
The tools needed may vary from fence to fence, but the basic aluminum fence installation kit will require:
String and stakes or chalk- Use string and stakes to mark out where your fence will go.
Tape measure- The key to getting your DIY fence installation right is to measure, measure and measure again. A tape measure will be your best friend not only in preparing for your fence installation but while constructing the fence, too.
Post-hole digger- Also known as a post-hole pincer, this tool is used to dig holes in the ground suitable for fence posts to be inserted. Always remember that posts should not be installed first. Instead, install a post and then a panel before installing the next post and panel.
Wheelbarrow, shovel, and hoe- All of these items will be useful when mixing and transporting the concrete needed to set the fence posts into place.
Carpenter’s level- Essential for aligning surfaces properly during your fence installation, this tool measures how flat a surface is. After all, nobody wants a crooked fence.
Electric saw or hacksaw- Not all DIY aluminum fence installations will require this, but a hacksaw or electric saw will be used to cut panels where required.
A rubber mallet- Use this to gently tap post caps onto posts. A rubber mallet will help to reduce the risk of damage.
Bungee cords or rubber bands- These are optional extras that some people like to use while installing their fence in order to temporarily secure panels into place.
Why should I install my aluminum fence myself?
We are all looking for ways to save money right now, and installing your own fencing will help save you money on labor. It also allows you to install your new fencing on your terms rather than having to wait for an external company to be able to fit you into their schedule.
Installing the fence yourself is also likely to make you far more involved in the process, prompting you to make informed style decisions and measure and plan the job meticulously.
Finally, there is a profound sense of achievement that comes with installing your own fencing. You know that you have created something at your home that will add value, security, privacy, and style for years to come.