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Homes: Time to check and repair old fencing.

FOLLOWING the ravages of winter, it is a good idea to check the boundary fences around your property to see what state they are in and, if rotten, battered and broken, to repair them.

Whether you are erecting a new fence or making good an old one, most fencing projects can easily be completed in the space of just one day.

All you will need are a few simple tools, together with the correct fencing products, and very soon you will have what is the perfect boundary for your garden.

Tools and material required: fence panels, screws, drills, posts, pliers, saw, post sockets, post caps, screwdriver, metal clips and fastenings, spirit level, spanners, socket dolly

Ready-made fence panels can be bought in a standard 1.8m (6ft) width. Heights vary: the most popular is 1.8m (6ft), but 1.2m (4ft) and 1.5m (5ft) panels are available.

Standard fence posts are 7.5cm (3in) square, but much more substantial 10cm (4in) square posts might just look better.

Always ensure that you buy the correct length of post which should sit proud of the top of the fence. This should be topped with a finial or cap.

Posts need to be fastened firmly and positioned accurately. They should be buried deeply with concrete footings, but the bits buried beneath the soil may rot. Popping the fence posts into metal post sockets is much better.

Step By Step

1. When attaching the first panel to a wall, mark the position of screw holes for the bracket that holds it in place. One bracket should sit just below the top of the panel' the other should be just above the base.

2. Drill with a masonry bit holes in the wall. Into each hole snugly push a plastic wall plug. Screw each U-shaped metal bracket firmly into place.

3. Push the fence panel into position, slotting it tightly into the metal brackets. Fasten both sides securely with screws.

4. Choose extremely carefully the position for your first post. Place the metal post socket tightly up against the adjoining fixed fence panel in a vertical position.

5. Fit the socket dolly into the top of the socket to protect the metal and knock the socket into the ground with a sledgehammer. Continue until the top sits just above soil level.

6. Push in the fence post and tighten the bolts.

7. Drill guide holes at the top and bottom of the fence post into which the L-shaped, metal fencing clips can be fixed.

8. Screw the L-shaped fencing clips into each hole. This is best done with a pair of pliers. Position the clips so they'll be visible from either the front or rear of the panel.

9. Fix the next panel in place against the post. Stand it on a brick or piece of wood, so it isn't resting directly on the soil.

10. Screw through the L-shaped fencing clips at the top and bottom into the frame of the panel to hold it securely in place. Repeat for further posts and panels until your fence is finished.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jan 20, 2006
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