How To Install A Vinyl Fence
Learning how to install a vinyl fence is a fairly easy do-it-yourself project that can be completed saving a good deal of money. Vinyl fencing is a popular choice because it neither rusts nor decays. Follow some simple instructions to install your vinyl fencing.
Step 1 – Check Codes
Check all local building and community codes to make sure your vinyl fence is approved.
Step 2 - Gate Assembly
First assemble your gates determining where you will locate them.
Step 3 – Stake It Out
Mark you fence post locations as well as the line where you wish to install. Make sure to take accurate measurements so the fence sections fit within the posts.
Step 4 – Dig Post Holes
Dig 30-inch deep post holes that can accommodate a 5 X 5 12-foot post.
Step 5 – Dig Aligned Holes
Dig subsequent holes o the first one making sure they are cleanly scooped out and aligned so the fence sections will be straight.
Step 6 - Post Placement
Position the first post in the hole adjusting it for the height of the fence section. Center the post in the hole and secure it by pouring in concrete mix. Make sure the post is level and squared off before the cement hardens.
Step 7 – Rail Installation
Prepare the bottom rail by taping the ends to prevent concrete from staining it and attach it to the first post. Make sure to insert locking rings at the end of each rail. Place the rail into the post and press the locking rings securely.
Step 8 – Repeat
Repeat Steps 6 and 7 for the next post. Use blocks under the rail to line up the correct position.
Step 9 – Middle Rail Installation
Install the middle fence rail into the post making sure the holes are facing downward.
Step 10 – Insert Pickets
Insert the pickets in the accepting holes on the bottom rail. Then, temporarily disconnect the middle rail and install the top rail once you place the pickets and then insert into the middle rail top and place both the middle and top rails back into the posts.
Step 11 – Screw Connections
After checking for even picket spacing, use wood screws to secure the rails to the posts. Repeat this process for all sections.
Step 12 – Hang the Gate
Follow the instructions provided to hang the fence gates allowing a gap between the gate edge and post to accommodate hinges.
Step 13 – Cap It
Place caps on each post using glue or other adhesive, screws and washers or whatever hardware accompanies the fencing material according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Things to Remember
- Leveling is very important so make sure you double check before any post hole cement hardens.
- This is a project needing extra hands and eyes to make sure installation is successful.
- Be extremely careful when using concrete mix so not to spill on the fencing material. If spills occur, clean quickly according to manufacturer’s suggestions.