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Building the Perfect Fence starts with the Right Supports

Posted on Sep 2, 2013

It’s clear that landscaping sees a surge in interest during the spring and summer months as people spend more time outdoors. As a fencing contractor, you will want to be able to provide your customers with their perfect fence, whether they need it for privacy or for separating sections of their garden for different uses.

As the winter weather closes in thought, any outdoor structure’s integrity will be tested, and so building the right foundations for a fence is important. The last thing you want on a cold morning in January is to go outside to find your shed is now on top of the shed in your next door neighbours garden. This could only get worse if the fence you built was for a customer!

To ensure such an nightmare doesn’t come to fruition, it is important to give your fence the right support. Here are some tips on where to get the right tools, and what to do with them.

Start with the right supports

Putting up a fence is made easier with the right supports and fixings; indeed if you don’t get the base of the fence right, you could considerably shorten the life of the fence through rot and rust. It’s important to find a spike that can work in most ground conditions, especially if you tend to work in different geographical areas where the ground differs.

Use online guides for support

One manufacturer of such post spikes, Sabrefix Fencefix, have put together a useful image guide for putting up a fence, with an emphasis on the base of the fence. Other guides can be found online to help you with the gravel boards and panels once you have fitted the spikes and posts. Why not bookmark this web page so you can access this guide again later?

Fencefix Fence Support Guide
1) Mark out the line of your fence. Drive-in your first Fencefix Post Spike using a Drive-In tool and sledgehammer.
2) Frequently check that your post is straight using a spirit level.
3) Adjust the alignment and continue to drive in until the box is one centimetre above ground level.
4) Attach Fencefix Panel Clips to the post using galvanised nails.
5) Insert the post into the spike box securely and tighten bolt.
6) Place the panel into the Fencefix Panel Clips and secure with galvanised nails.
7) Working from the opposite end of the secured fence panel, repeat steps 2-6.

Find the right products

You can find Fencefix products at an array of hardwear specialists. Some of the best prices you can find at TradeFixDirect, who stock the Fencefix Spike in both 75 and 100mm sizes to suit the size of timber you’ll be using for your fence. This range in particular is constructed with rust preventing galvanised coating and moisture resistant epoxy paint. The 3 fin spikes also help insertion and minimise twisting.

Aside from the Fencefix Spike, they also stock the Fencefix Bolt Down Support which can be used for fixing fence posts to concrete or wooden bases.

Happy fencing!

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