How to Install an Aluminum Fence

Overview

Installing an aluminum fence around the yard can provide protection against pests and keep animals from escaping. Aluminum fencing is is strong, durable and rustproof even in adverse weather conditions. It also needs little maintenance. Whether you are placing a fence around the entire yard or around a garden to keep it safe, aluminum fencing takes little work to install.

Installation

Step 1

Check your property line if you are fencing around the entire yard. Stake out your yard to determine where the fence will be installed. Mark out your corners and drive a stake into each of these areas. Measure from the corner posts and drive a stake into the ground for each line post, using a rubber mallet. Line posts should be 10 feet apart or less. Tie string between the posts so that you can see the line for the fencing.

Step 2

Dig the holes for the terminal posts (corner post) first, using a post hole digger. Place the terminal posts into the hole and pour cement into the hole to set the post in place. Tie a string 4 inches from the top of the terminal post and tie a string to mark the location. Feed the string to the next terminal post and tie it 4 inches down from the top. Dig the holes for the line posts and set them in concrete, making sure the top of the line post touches the string and all are level.

Step 3

Apply all the fittings to your aluminum fence according to the instructions included in your fencing materials. Apply the top rail along the posts and hang the chain-link fabric by first unrolling it along the fence line. Slide the tension bar into the chain-link fabric, then lift the fencing up against the fence. Attach the fencing to the posts and adjust the tension bar. Cut any excess fencing using cutting pliers.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber mallet
  • Stakes
  • String
  • Post hole digger
  • Level
  • Hacksaw
  • Concrete
  • Pliers

References

  • Aluminum Fence Installation
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