How to Install a PVC Fence
A PVC fence is an excellent alternative to wood or aluminum fencing. A vinyl PVC fence is more durable than a wooden fence and much more attractive than an aluminum alternative.
Vinyl PVC fencing comes in different colors and textures making it a versatile choice. It also comes in over 50 styles to make the range of choices even more varied. As an added bonus, this type of fencing does not require stain or paint and is maintenance free.
There will be some assembly required in each section once the fencing arrives as the sections cannot be shipped fully assembled. This assembly is relatively easy and can be carried out by following the instructions provided.
Step 1- Measuring and Marking Off
The first step is to establish the measurements of the fence and its different sections. An equivalent area can now be measured off where the fence is going to be located using the stakes and string to create guides. The stakes for the corner posts should be a few inches past the post's final locations leaving the string to cross at the correct place. Set the posts at the same interval as the ends of the PVC fence sections.
Measure for the gate and set the posts appropriately.
Step 2- Digging the Holes
Dig holes for the terminal posts. The diameter of the dug holes should be 10 inches and the depth of the hole should be 1/3 of the posts length plus another 4 inches.
Step 3- Setting the Terminal Posts
Mix the concrete according to the manufacturer’s directions. Working with one post at a time, pour the concrete into each hole and then lower the post into the cement. Level the post across the top with the regular level and check the vertical axis with the post level. Add more cement at this time in a manner where water will run away from the post.
Tying string to the top of the inserted posts will provide you with a visual guide for inserting the line posts. These posts are set the same as the terminal posts.
Step 4- Installing the Panels
Attach the rail brackets for the PVC fencing with screws and do the same with the rail hangers.
The separate panels should comfortably slide into the brackets. Screw the panels into place on the hangers.
Step 5- Installing the Gate:
The gate is lined up with the bottom of the fence for proper fitting. Cut the 2x4 lumber to fit the insides of the two fence posts that the gate and latch will attach to. Attach these making sure that the wood is level. Screw the hinges and latches into place then try the gate to make sure that it works smoothly.
Step 6- Finishing Up the Fence
At this point, the post tops should be glued into place. Hold each in place for a minute to be sure that it is set.