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					The Biggest Mistakes People Make Building a Wood Fence
People build fences everyday and most are built correctly but most could
also be built a little better. By applying the little known tips below
you can build a fence that will last longer and look better.
You start a fence by making holes spaced about every 8 feet apart for the
4x4x8' treated posts. These holes should be dug 2 feet deep with a post
hole digger. Most people stop right there with a cylinder shaped hole
since digging these holes is the most strenuous part of fence building.
To ensure the post is well anchored the fence installer should use the
post hole digger at an angle around the whole diameter of this hole to
make a ball shaped anchor at the bottom of the cylinder. A post hole dug
in this manner is much more secure and stable.
Another mistake people make is not realizing the fact that wood never
sticks to concrete. Drive by any concrete job and you will notice they
use wood forms to frame the concrete held up by nails and wood stakes.
The next day the concrete workers take the nails out and these wood forms
just fall off of the concrete. Another problem is bugs and water in the
soil can deteriorate the wood posts. To prevent these problems the fence
builder should put black roof tar on the bottom two feet of the fence
post that enters the ground. This will prevent the post from rotting and
enables the concrete to stick to the posts.
After the posts are leveled and set you should allow them to dry for one
whole day before nailing on them. If you start nailing on them before the
concrete is completely set you will knock the posts out of level.
Many people build a fence with only two rails to nail their fence slats
to. To build a secure fence that will last for years, three rails should
be used. The top rail should be placed on the top of the fence posts
lying in a horizontal position. The fence slats should not be installed
more than 8" above this top rail. If so they will tend to twist and turn
with age. The bottom rail shouldn't be more than 8" above the bottom of
the fence slats for the same reason. The center rail should be placed
evenly between the top and bottom rails. Although the top rail is placed
in the horizontal position the middle and bottom rail should be placed
vertically. This will prevent these rails from warping and makes a far
better looking and stronger fence.
Ask any roofer about water drainage and he will tell you that water
always goes in one direction - and that is down. He is almost correct but
he doesn't understand the lip or linger factor. There is one instance
where water can and will travel up, and every fence builder should be
aware of. This is also the reason why fascia boards almost always rot and
warp.
Have you ever walked by a house with wood siding or a wood fence and
noticed the bottom of the painted wood is bubbling and rotten? The paint
or wood sealer should have protected the wood from moisture to prevent it
from rotting however the installers weren't aware of the lip or linger
factor.
Many contractors never seal the bottom lip of the wood. Over the years as
water drains down the face of the wood it lingers on the exposed bottom
lip and begins to soak up into the wood causing it to rot.
If you want to water seal or paint your new fence, always be certain to
coat the top and bottom lip.
Dale Adams of Majestic Publishers is the author and self publisher of the
new book, "Care Giving Made Easy - How to be an Awesome Caregiver" and
the soon to be released, "How to Make Your Home Sell - Even In A Slow
Market" His many experiences include being a Security Consultant, General
Contractor and Energy Conservation Specialist.

				
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