If you’ve been looking at buying an aluminum fence, you may have seen something called ‘rackability’. What are the benefits of rackable fencing, and should your fence having that feature? While aluminum fencing is designed to facilitate easy installation, picking the correct amount of panels and panel types can be a little confusing. If you live on a property with landscaping or uneven terrain, you may be unsure how best to proceed to achieve the ideal results. Trying to install fencing not designed for hilly or uneven ground can be tricky, time consuming, and can end up looking messy and untidy. In this article we’ll be taking a closer look at how this can be achieved through rackable fencing.
If you’re planning to install your own aluminum fence, having the right supplies on hand can make the job go a lot faster. Here’s what we recommend having ready! While installing a fence in your or property may seem daunting, aluminum fencing is actually pretty easy to install, and is one of the main reasons why this type of fencing is so popular. Lightweight yet sturdy, aluminum fencing can easy be erected in as little as a weekend, and can completely transform a property or yard space. However, the inherently quick and easy install of aluminum fencing can be completely derailed if you do not have the correct tools and supplies on hand. So, to avoid unnecessary delays, or bogged results, it’s best to double check that you have everything you need before starting your project. In this article we’ll be looking at some of the supplies and tools that you will need to help ensure a successful and swift install of your new aluminum fencing.
What Materials will be Supplied?This question is highly dependent upon where you order your aluminum fencing from. Many sites sell only the fence panels, with the fence posts bought separately. While any good seller will make this plain to customers, it is always good to read the fine print before making your purchase. The same can also be said for fence caps as well as self-tapping screws.
What Else will I Need?To help keep this article as simple and easy as aluminum fence installation, we’ve broken down the additional items you need into equipment (such as a trowel or measuring tape), materials (such as concrete and gravel), and tools (such as a hacksaw or drill).
The EquipmentOn the whole, aluminum fence installation requires mostly basic equipment, such as those commonly found in a garden or home.
- Tape Measure – As with any project, measure twice, cut once. A measuring tape will help you accurately measure the positioning of your fence panels.
- String – String will be used to help delineate the fence line, giving you an indication to the overall layout of your fencing.
- Marking Spray Paint (Optional) – You may find it handy to use marking spray paint to indicate the locations of your fence posts.
- A Trowel or Shovel (Optional) – If you chose not to opt for a post hole digger, then you’ll need equipment to dig the holes for your posts.
- Wheelbarrow or Large Container – You’ll require this to mix up the concrete needed to secure the fence posts.
- A Spade or Hoe – This is required to mix up the concrete.
- A Long Level – A long level will help ensure the even insertion of the aluminum fence posts and panels.
The MaterialsInstalling an aluminum fence requires minimal additional materials, mostly confined to cement/concrete.
- Cement/Concrete Mix – This is essential to ensuring the longevity of your aluminum fencing, as it will ensure your fence posts are firmly affixed to the ground.
- Gravel (Optional) – If you’re over-zealous when it comes to digging holes for your fence posts, then you can use bagged gravel to help even up hole sizes.
- Water – You’ll need this for mixing the cement, and will need buckets on hand if you do not have a garden hose.
The ToolsThe beauty of aluminum fencing is that it can be installed with virtually no tools. However, if you are less physically able or wish to install your fencing as quickly as possible, you may find power tools helpful.
- Post-hole digging tool/Power Auger (Optional) – Ideal for those not wanting to hand dig their post holes, you can find a post-hole tool for a relatively low cost at most hardware stores. Alternatively, you can rent a power auger for an even more simple installation.
- A Concrete Mixer (Optional) – If mixing your concrete by hand really doesn’t appeal, then you can always rent a concrete mixer.
- Drill – While many aluminum fence sets will come with pre-drilled holes, you may find you need to adjust these, to best suit the lay of your land.
- Hacksaw or Power Saw (Optional) – You may need to cut down your fencing or fence posts to suit your yard. Luckily, aluminum can be cut relatively easily by hand using a hacksaw, or by using a power saw.
- Rubber Mallet (Optional) – While this can be done with your hands, the best way to adjust the setting of your post when it is set in concrete is to tap it with a rubber mallet.