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Adding a fence to your property is an excellent way to boost the value of the home. Just as you would add a fence, you also want to choose the right type of gate to look good and be functional. If you want to add a gate yourself, you want to leave one-quarter of an inch on each side so the gate can swing open and shut easily.

If possible, choose the side of your property that has the flattest surface for the gate to be installed. If you have chosen a decorative picket fence, you can use two cross pieces along with a diagonal piece that will be used for support. You would take these two pieces and nail them to plywood that you would use to build the gate on. When that is done, nail the pieces to each other.

Now, attached the panel design to the support pieces, which you could use pickets. Remove the nails that were holding the gate to the plywood and then set the gate in place using blocks as a means of setting the gate at the right height. You also want to use spacers, which will help keep the gate the appropriate distance from the fence/gate posts. Finally, be sure you use non-corrosive hardware and screws.

For a chain link fence, the corner posts will need to be set first. Once the concrete has started to set, you can use the plumb method and make final adjustments. After the concrete has dried, use the corner posts to string lines as a way of lining up the middle posts. In most cases, you want the fence posts to be about 10 feet apart for this type of fence.

When the concrete is fully cured, the fencing fabric will be installed. It is important that the concrete be completely dried because this fencing material is heavy and will put tremendous tension on the posts. If you like, you can use an anchoring system using stakes instead of concrete.

The top rail will then go through the loop caps on the top of each of the line posts. The rail is used to form the top frame that is used to stretch the fence across. Now, the fencing will be rolled out on the outside of the fence. If the fence area is extra long, you may need to use two or three sections of fencing material that are weaved together, although this is typically not the case.

The fabric is now attached to the post starting at one end of the fence. This can be done fairly easy by using tension bands or a tension bar. Tie the fencing to the top rail loosely and then stretch the fencing material by hand as much as you can. With a winch that has been made especially for fencing, you can pull the fencing until it is nice and tight. Once that is done, the fence can be pulled permanently to attach the fencing to the fence posts and top railing. You will love your new fence and appreciate the convenience it offers.
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