Looking to put a long lasting vinyl fence on your property? Be certain you have the right tools for vinyl fence installation prior to your start. Before digging a post hole I suggest you have a 25′ tape, stakes, lines, line level, level and/or plumb bob, right angle if you are squaring up the fence line (or if angling the fence add a radius), a wheel barrow, shovel, post hole digger, work gloves and, of course, a hammer.
Before you start with these tools, use graph paper and pencil to draw out your vinyl fence installation. Figure out what you want to build, where it will go and draw it out in at least two dimensions (add height if you are a talent at drawing). This will give you a physical appearance of what it looks like and what the end result requires in skill and material. With the drawing in hand your next step would be to visit a fencing company. I suggest visiting Landis Fence in Dublin on Main Street. Finalize necessary decisions to make everything you will need planned in advance including the materials and vinyl fence supplies. They know how, and will help you. Also, don’t be afraid to mention how experienced you are at this type of work. They can readily get you a fence builder to do this project for you if you do not have the skillset. General Contractors sub out for vinyl fence installations all the time. I know that for a fact, I got those calls, and made them too.
If your installing a fence in an unknown area the immediate need is specific knowledge of the property line and underground utilities. Many times the lack of same has caused extreme headaches by digging into a sewage system. Putting a fence immediately over a septic tank or striking a gas line is not good.
You probably don’t spend much time at the edge of the property, so start out there. Stake one corner and walk to the other. Boulders, slate and other large items need to be found, measured and/or removed. With large encumbrances, you should decide if the outer fence line suits your desire or can be changed. I also recommend an outer gate. Fences add protection of egress, of course, but sometimes you need access in short order. A back gate comes in handy.
Once you have staked and strung and squared the line, measure the exact distances. This is where you determine the amount of panels between the posts and the gate. You have to use math. Vinyl fencing is best used as the panels are cut. See if your measurements are exactly equal to the posts and panels. Once you are certain you have it right, head back to Landis Fence. This is important, explain in detail how you arrived at your measurements so they understand if you are correct. They are pros. Here is when you order the vinyl fence supplies and materials such as , posts, caps, gates, hardware, ready mix or quick set concrete (determine the depth of the post hole for that quantity) or ask for a contractor to meet you on site to have them do the work for you.
On site you then right angle the corners, reset and level the line, stake the center spot for each posthole. Determine where the spoils will be dumped (via the wheel barrel) and start digging. You will need a plumb bob, or a level, to be certain you are setting the posts properly. Level two sides or plumb bob from a level top out. If you are using fast setting concrete, I highly suggest you have a helper. The stuff sets up fast.
Once the post holes are set and ready, hang the panels, hang and plumb bob the gate(s), cap the posts and it should be ready for use.
Remember, if you don’t think you can do this professionally, don’t try. Talk with the people at Landis Fence. They have the right people for the right job for your fence.