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Plumb and Level: What DIYers Get Wrong Installing a Custom Fence

Monday, October 12, 2020

It's easy to watch TV HOME AND garden shows and assume that most of what you see is easy and can be done in a snap. But if that's what you think when it comes to fence building, think again. 

Putting up a good fence can be tricky, especially if the ground is uneven or you are inexperienced. The 2 main issues you need to pay attention to are keeping the fence plumb, or vertically straight, and making sure the top of the fence is straight. 

With these in mind, here are a few helpful tips for setting up a sturdy and attractive custom fence for your property.

1. Do Your Research

First, evaluate why you need the custom fence and what you want to do with it. This will help you figure out which materials you'll need and exactly where on the property the fence should go. 

Are you setting up a fancy custom wood fence to enclose a garden or outline a property boundary? Do you need to keep pets in your yard? Or what about keeping things out- like traffic, or deer? Do you need a custom privacy fence to protect yourself from nosy neighbors? These considerations matter.

It's also a good idea to think about how the fence will fit in with your current landscaping. If the ground is uneven where your fence is going in, you will need to take steps to make sure the top of the fence is not likewise uneven. This can be accomplished by making the pickets shorter or longer to compensate or filling in the ground to level it out. 

If it becomes apparent that making the fence level is too difficult to solve, you should contact a professional custom fence company for advice or a price quote.

2. Use Good Tools

Your tools will make or break this job, so be sure you have the right ones and they are of good quality. At a minimum, you will probably need a post hole digger, a shovel, a rock remover tool of your soil tends to be rocky, and painting tools.

Of special note is a level tool. It is extremely important that the fence posts are plumb, and you cannot just "eyeball it". They need to be positioned straight up and down, or the fence will be a disaster. A good level tool will help you create a sturdy custom fence that you can be proud of.

3. Use Quality Materials

If you're planning to use custom fence panels, you could order them ahead of time as part of a kit, or make your own. Regardless, it's important not to skimp on the quality. Buy pressure-treated wood and rust-resistant fixtures to ensure that your project will remain standing for a while.

Also, remember that any good custom fence company will use quality materials, so be sure to include a question or two about materials in any inquires you make.

Ask A Custom Fence Expert

Sometimes it's not possible to do the research that's necessary to build a good fence, due to lack of time.

If you must choose between building the fence and researching how to do it, consult with a custom fence company. An experienced builder can help make the process go smoothly, and save you from making costly and time-wasting mistakes.

If you would like more information related to fence construction and other home improvement topics, please visit our blog.

We build your fence board-by-board ourselves, we never subcontract. Some of your friends and neighbors have probably already hired us, ask around and learn why Montco Fence is the number one family owned and operated fencing contractor for Phoenixville, King of Prussia, Downington, Norristown, Douglassville, Pennsburg, and nearby East Pennsylvania communities. Our services include, but are not limited to: Wood fencing (custom red cedar), PVC/Vinyl fencing, Chain link fencing, Aluminum fencing.

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