Building a fence in New Zealand

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Virtually every dwelling in New Zealand is surrounded on at least three sides buy a fence, in most cases to give the homeowner a sense of security and to delineate the property boundary and to give the homeowner a private space in which they can build their “quarter acre Paradise”.

Simply because of costs the vast majority of fences in New Zealand I built out of timber using posts, railings and palings, and these are either painted or left as natural timber. While we are a very many variations of timber fences in appearance, the actual process for designing and building the fence is pretty standard. Here is how to build a fence.

The first step is to absolutely settle on the property boundary location, and then build a string line along the boundary that will be used to locate the posts. The posts will be 4 x 4 H4 ground treated, and need to be set in the ground at set locations depending on the height of the fence and posts and the type of ground, and the most traditional methods for this is to simply dig a hole that is at least three times larger in diameter than the post and then set the post in the hole so that it is absolutely finally located and then fill the hole with concrete. The initial setup before pouring a concrete is absolutely vital to the final look of the fence, as any slight change in a straight line will be visible to the homeowner forever. Hence the posts must be very securely braced with timber bracing set firmly in the ground, and a high degree of care must be taken to ensure the post is vertical, straight and accurately located. Only then should the concrete pour be carried out.

After two or three days once the concrete has set then the bracing can be removed in the railings can be attached. These should generally be long straight lengths of H3 4 x 2 timber, and they can either be attached to the outside of the posts or set inside the posts in some manner. In every case the railings must be very firmly attached, either was galvanized nails or galvanized bolts..

Once the railings have been erected then the palings can be attached. In almost every case palings a hung vertically off the railings, and are generally 25 x 150mm H3 timber. They are installed starting at one end of the fence and it is vital that a tight string line is used to ensure the palings are dead straight. When the palings are purchased then care should be taken to ensure that each pay loan is true and doesn’t have too many blemishes to affect the appearance of the fence. Palings can be installed hard up against each other or was a consistent gap, and care needs to be taken with each paling to make certain that it is attached fully vertical. Palings are generally nailed to the railings with galvanized nails, and a homeowner who was killed with a hammer can do this by hand although a nail gun makes the job much quicker. It should be noted that overtime palings that a butted hard up against each other will dry out and shrink slightly and leave a small gap.

The final optional step for the fence is to install capping, and this can make the final finish not very smart plus it ensures that the palings cannot bend and warp as they dry. The capping make certain get the fence keeps it’s absolutely straight line for it’s lifetime.

Why wooden fences can be painted or stained, they also survived very well over time is natural timber, and one advantage of this approach is that mature of painting or staining the fence every few years is non existent.