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There’s more than one way to erect a fence, so if you’re unsure which method is right for your surface have a look at our guide showing six different ways to erect a fence post; so you can be sure to find the method that best suits the ground conditions in your garden or outdoor space.
Check the position of underground cables and pipes with a detector before you begin, to make sure you can dig holes in the places you need to along your fence line.
Pressure-treated wood for use in the garden is bought already treated with preservative to prevent it from rotting. This wood is usually identified by a pale green protective staining.
Before you begin fencing, it is important to be certain of the boundaries of your property.
Consult an expert if in doubt, although you should have this information with the deeds to your property. Choose a fence or screens that will both enhance your house and garden and give you the privacy and security you need.
You can build a fence up to 2m without planning permission. In some cases fences next to highways must not be higher than 1m. Check with the local planning office if you are unsure.
Add a trellis to the top of a wooden fence as an interesting architectural focal point. It will provide extra security and privacy. Post extensions are used to increase the post height.
Discuss your fencing plans with your neighbours, and ask for permission to access their property, as it is much easier to work on a fence from both sides. Spring and autumn are the best times to put up fences as plants growing nearby will recover more quickly from any disruption caused by digging holes and manoeuvring panels.
Watch our How to Erect a Fence video guide.
The Fence Post Spike is useful when the fence is to be erected onto firm soil.
They are suitable for gazebos, pergolas, decking and wooden fences
The Fence Post Spike keeps the post above the level of the soil, protecting it from rotting. It can add height to the fence as the post sits above the spike
An Ideal solution when ground conditions don’t allow the use of a spike.
Maintains the Timber Post above the ground to help prevent rotting.
This product does require digging.
Set the Concrete In Post support into a 450mm cube of concrete, checking the alignment frequently.
Once the concrete has set, the timber post can be simply driven into the Concrete support.
A Bolt Down Post Support is a metal plate that can be fastened directly onto a concrete flooring or wall. The wooden post can then be fastened to the support.
The Bolt Down Post Support is attached to the concrete using Wedge Anchors or similar and the post attached to the support by tightening bolts on the side.
A Bolt Down Post Support is ideal for building fence into existing concrete.
It is suitable for gazebos, pergolas, decking and wooden fences.
A Bolt Down Post Support keeps the post above the level of the ground, protecting it from rotting. It can add height to the fence at the post sits above the spike.
Use a Fence Post Repair Spur to replace fence a failed post that has been sunk into concrete.
Use a saw to cut off the the existing post so that it is horizontal and flush with the surface of the concrete.
Then place the Fence Post Repair Spur onto the existing post stub, so that the corner of the spur is on one corner of the stub.
Then using a Sledgehammer or driving tool, hammer the Fence Post Repair Spur into the concrete.
You may need help when doing this Once it’s fully in place, Drive the new post into the box making sure that the wedges grip the post Check that the post is vertical by using a spirit level.
A Fence Post Repair Spur is ideal for replacing fence posts already sunk onto concrete without removing any concrete.
Can repair fence without removing concrete.
If the bottom of a wooden post has failed, you can replace the bottom of the post and concrete using a Concrete Repair Spur.
First dig up the existing concrete on one side of the fence using a Steel Demolition Bar, (or Powered Breaker or Kango) to a depth of at least two feet.
Then place the Concrete Repair Spur in to the hole, flush against the remaining post.
Attach it to the post using two or three coach screws and washers
Then re-concrete using Postcrete or similar.
Concrete Repair Spur is ideal for repairing a wooden fence when the bottom of the post has failed.
Can repair into existing concrete, and extends life of fence without replacing