How to install a metal fence.

Installing ornamental metal fences .

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Installing ornamental metal fences

 

With the exception of customized wrought iron fences available from specialty manufactures, the metal fences market is now almost completely occupied by tubular steel and aluminum products. These fences are available in many styles often mimicking classic wrought iron designs and prices and high quality models are virtually maintenance free. Metal fences offer an attractive alternative to forged iron. In the right setting, they look sophisticated and ornate from a distance, some even look like ornamental iron.

Most installation packages include assembled infill sections in 4 to 8 foot widths, posts flanges and the fitting to put them all together. Some systems are designed to accept rails in holes punched in the posts. Others are fixed with brackets mounted to the posts a stranger method of mounting. Preassembled panels require bat by bay installation and setting of posts. Order the materials and wait for delivery before you begin laying out your fence line.

If you need to shorten a section to fit a narrow area, cut the infill first. Then cut the rails to length, making sure you have the same amount of material on both ends of the panel. If you’re fencing a steep slope you’ll need to make sure the style you’re purchasing can be forced to follow the slope. Most styles are made for level ground, although you can install straight sections in a step down design.

 

 

 

 

How to use ornamental metal fences

 

·         Defining spaces: Excellent. These fences set boundaries in style.

·         Security: Very good if the fence is high enough and the infill spacing is narrow.

·         Privacy: Poor, open infill provides very little privacy.

·         Creating comfort zones: Poor, open infill does not filter wind or sunlight.

 

 

 

 

How to install a metal fence

 

1.      Lay out the fence line, spacing the post holes as specified by the manufacturer. Set the first post in concrete, bracing it plumb and at the correct height with 2+4s, using duck- tape to keep from marring the surface of the posts.

 

2.      Slide the formed end of the rails into the holes in the posts. You may have to jockey the panel a bit to get the rails to fit all at once. Have a helper hold the panel in place so the rails don’t pop out. Using the fasteners provided by the manufactures, secure the rails to the posts. Do not over tighten the screws at this time.

 

3.      While one person continues to hold the panel in place the other person should slide the second post toward the panel, fitting the rails into the holes in the post. Fasten the rails to the post loosely. Then set and brace the second post in concrete, leveling the panel with a carpenters lever and plumbing it with a post level. Tighten the rail screws with a screwdriver and let the concrete set. Mount the remaining posts in the same manner.

 

 

 

 

                      Installing metal fencing to wood posts.

 

1.      Lay out your metal fence line, spacing the posts at the distance specified by the manufacturer. Dig all the holes then set the first post in concrete, plumbing and bracing it. Let the concrete set up. Place the other posts in the holes, but do not set them.

 

2.      Fasten the panel brackets to the first and second post, spacing them as specified by the manufacturer. Then while holding the panel in place, slide the rails into the brackets on the first post. Push the second post toward the panel so the brackets slide into the rails on this side also. Continue holding the panel in place and attrach the screws loosely into the brackets. If you’re using a cordless drill set the clutch to the lowest setting to avoid overdriving the screws.

 

3.      Continuing to hold the panel in place set and brace the second post in concrete. Level the panel with a carpenter’s level plumb the post with a post level. Tighten the rail screws with a screwdriver not a cordless drill and let the concrete set before mounting the next panel. Repeat this process until you have mounted the remaining panels.

 

 

 

 

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