How to Assemble a PVC Fence
A PVC fence can be an attractive and dependable enclosure for your property. It's lightweight qualities make the material easy to carry, make the fence easy to move and easy to manage while you are putting it together. Still, without experience in installing a PVC fence, you might find it helpful to have a few tips such as those below.
Step 1 – Choosing Your Pipe Size
In purchasing the pipe you will use to build your fence, you will need to know what size pipe to use. Your first choice will be about the size of the posts you'll be using, and about the size of the horizontal rails. You will need cross connectors and T connectors to join the rails and posts. If your rail pipes are a different size from your posts, you will need to purchase and install reducing couplers. Or, you can use one size of pipe for rails and posts and eliminate the need for reducers, their extra cost and the extra work it will take to install them.
Step 2 – Planning Your Fence Size
In order for you to know amounts of pipe to purchase, you will need to first plan your fence and make a list of needed materials. First, decide how many fence sections you'll want. Then, figure the material you'll need for each section. This will enable you to make your materials list and buy your material.
Step 3 – Designing Your Fence Sections
For a 4' section with a post at each end and 2 rails, you'll need 2 cross connectors and 2 T connectors. If your fence will be 20' long, this means you'll need 5 sections. In figuring material needed for this fence, you can eliminate 2 rail crosses and 2 T connectors.
Step 4 – Cutting the PVC Pipe
To cut your pipes, use a PVC pipe cutter. You can also use a hacksaw, but these saws will not cut as evenly as a pipe cutter, and they will take far more time to cut your pipe. Typically, you can purchase a pipe cutter at a home improvement store. If you plan to install PVC for other projects such as sprinkling systems, a pipe cutter will be a good investment.
Step 5 – Connecting Your Pipe
Connecting PVC pipes is a fairly simple process involving only the fitting and gluing of the pipes. Just be sure you are connecting the right pipes. Otherwise, you'll have to purchase and cut additional pipe. To the outside end of your pipe and the inside of the connector, apply PVC primer. Give the primer 10 seconds to dry, apply PVC adhesive to the same surfaces, insert the pipe end into the connector, and give it 15 seconds to set.
Step 6 – Combining Fence Sections
Set up the fence, one section at a time. Create the first section posts by joining pipes to connectors. When you have made 2 posts, connect your rail pipes to them. Add other sections, following this same process.