3 Fencing Mistakes That You Must Avoid

There are many mistakes that are made when putting up a new fence. These mistakes should be avoided at all costs, otherwise a new fence can cost you much more than you originally bargained for. Here are the three common mistakes that you need to be extra cautious of:

Not Anchoring Down Anchor Posts:

In order for your fence to be strong and sturdy for a long time to come, you will want to be sure that you anchor down the anchor posts in the correct and proper way. Anchor posts are the posts that are larger and longer than the line posts of the fence. These posts should be used at the corners, where ever there is a dip or rise, and by the fencing gates. The anchor posts should be set in concrete and should be left to dry for up to two days before the rest of the fence should be attached to it. If the fence is attached before the concrete has had time to dry, then the anchor posts will be wobbly and eventually cause your fence to fall prematurely. You also must be sure that the anchor posts are perfectly straight since crooked posts put significant strain on the fence. 

Putting the Gates in the Wrong Place:

When it comes to planning where fence gates will be attached, you have to take special consideration. First off, you want to be sure that the gate is not placed in muddy conditions, which can make it extremely difficult to open and close. You also want to be sure that you do not place it near erosion since the constant opening and closing of the gate will cause the erosion to become worse. Another consideration to make when it comes to the fencing gates is the size. For foot traffic, you will want it to be at least 4 feet wide and if you are using it to get vehicles in and out or other heavy machinery, anywhere from 12 to 14 feet should be manageable. 

Fencing on Someone Else's Property:

When you are installing a fence around your home, you should consider hiring a surveyor who can determine where your property line is. If you accidently fence on someone else's property, you will end up having to tear it down and put it back up on your own property, which can be expensive. If you decide that you want to place the fence right on the property line, be sure that you get a written agreement between you and your neighbor about cost and maintenance that is needed down the road. 

 By ensuring that you do not make these common fencing mistakes, you can be sure that you install a fence in the most affordable and least stressful way possible. Contact a fence company for additional help.