‘Materials And Tools’
Deck stains for treated wood are also good for coating your wooden fence frame. They add to the appearance and long life of the fence.
Fence post caps really add to the appearance of a well done fence. They are available in wood, copper, and even a solar light version to keep your yard well lit at night.
Although appearance is a good reason to have them, they will extend the life of your fence posts by keeping the moisture from settling through the top of the fence post.
Hand tools to build an inexpensive fence are minimal and you may already have many of the common tools required. The wire cutters only need to be of average quality, but your staple gun for fence material should be the highest quality that you can prefer and a large number of staples is required. If you can find a power staple gun you’ll be happy you did. It’s not that a hand powered staple gun cannot do the job, it is the number of staples that need to be used.
A post hole digger or powered auger is required to dig holes to put your fence posts in. You cannot do this with just a shovel. the holes should be at least 1/3 of the height of the post for the best rigidity.
A powered auger is suggested if you have a short time to complete the project or if you have many posts to set. Even if you use a powered auger, post hole diggers are a good supplement to clean out the holes after the bulk of the work is done with the auger.
Vinyl coated wire mesh fence fabric is very economic, easy to install and long lasting material. The green coating against green grass creates a nice look that blends in. Problems with chain link and galvanized wire mesh make vinyl coated wire mesh a good choice for most residential fences.
Galvanized wire mesh will work just fine as a fence fabric, but it has problems.
- It’s considered ugly.
- It will eventually rust.
- Galvanized doesn’t cost much less than vinyl fabric considering the drawbacks.
Chain link fencing is nice, and you can get it vinyl coated as well. However -
- It’s expensive to have professionally installed.
- If you do-it-yourself, you must have specialized tools to stretch the fence. Fail to stretch it correctly, and the chain link fence will look really bad and it may not be functional. You cannot re-stretch the material if you fail the first time.
- Repairs can be costly if an entire run of fence is damaged.
- It’s ugly too.
A welded wire fence is constructed with simple tools and is easily stretched and cut to fit by hand. Making a fence for your on a tight budget, with limited tools or even a limited skill set is very easy with wire meshed fencing. You can buy the fabric in varying widths with 3 – 6 feet being the most common. I found 4 feet to be good for enclosing large dogs. The cost a few years back was $50 for 50 feet of 4 foot wide fabric. I think you’ll find the cost much lower than any other type of fence.
The only tool required to attach wire mesh fencing material to wood is a heavy staple gun. Numerous staples are needed, so a power stapler is handy, but not required.