Fencing job in Wakefield
Today, we have been erecting a wooden fence bordering a garden at the rear of our client’s property. It’s a bit of a change from what we tend to do work-wise but, a change is as good as a rest and we count it as a break from the norm, and we take just as much pride in it.
For this kind of job, you don’t need many tools. A simple grafting shovel (a long thin shovel used to dig deep round holes), a set of string line, a masonry saw (or any cutting blade for that matter) and a spirit level.
When you start fencing, you decide where you want your first hole to be then dig down to 12 or 24 inch depending on the ground. If it’s soft, then the deeper the better. If a client is wanting a 6 foot finished height, then the most common arrangement is a 1 foot tall gravel board and a 5 foot tall fence panel on top of it, joined into with a 7 foot concrete post. This gives you a foot spare to embed in the ground and the rest should align perfectly.
Now it’s time to dig your next hole, 6 foot away and 2 foot down again. We lay the concrete gravel board in and like we said, sit the fence panel on top of it. Then we level it all up nicely, and then concrete the holes. A nice tradesmen’s trick is to put a string line on the face of the concrete post and stretch it out as far as you are wanting to put the panels in. This way, you can keep them all inline so they don’t end up leaning in an out. This is obviously not desirable! In the holes you can mix concrete to embed the posts in, but the better and preferable method among many in the trade is to fill the hole with a product called Post Fix or Postcrete. This is dry concrete mix in a bag that you pour directly into the hole and just add water to it. It’s as simple as it sounds and goes off rock solid in under an hour.
Before long, following this method you will soon have the perfect fence panels to create privacy for your garden, and they look great too.