How To Install Vinyl Fencing

Learning how to install vinyl fencing is a quick and easy project that will increase your home’s value and curb appeal. Of all the fencing material, vinyl fencing is one of the most affordable. It is very easy to install and it is low maintenance. In addition, perhaps the greatest benefit is that you can install vinyl fencing in as little as one afternoon. This pretty much makes it the do-it-yourselfers dream material. 

To learn how to install vinyl fencing you will need:

  • Shovel, Posthole digger, or Auger
  • Rope
  • Stakes
  • Concrete
  • Fence posts (5 x5s, 4 x 4s)
  • Vinyl Fencing Hardware
  1. Begin by staking out the perimeter of the area to be fenced. Place small wooden stakes at each of the corners of the perimeter. Then, run a string along each of the sides of the perimeter, using the stakes as markers. Take note of where gates and fence posts will be installed, and place additional stakes in these spots. Fence posts should be installed every eight feet on center.  Check the vinyl fencing instructions for specific details about fence post placement. 
  2. The next step in installing vinyl fencing is to dig the post holes. If you have access to one, then an auger will make this job a snap; however, shovels or posthole diggers are also sufficient.  Make sure that you dig the hole down through the frost line. This should be around 30 inches deep. The hole should also be approximately twelve inches wide. 
  3. Next you will want to set the fence posts in concrete. Mix up your concrete ahead of time, using approximately one eighty pound bag per hole. See the concrete mixing instructions for more details.  Place the fence post into the hole, and then pour the concrete in afterwards. The concrete should not be level with the ground; instead, it should sit a few inches below the surface. As the mix begins to harden, tamp the concrete down to eliminate air. You also want to ensure that the fence post is level, plumb and square. You only get one shot at this, so take extra care with your measurements. 
  4. Before continuing to install vinyl fencing, you will want to allow the concrete to set firmly.  This usually takes at least 24 hours. You will then want to install the top and bottom railings. Because vinyl fencing instructions vary greatly, make sure you follow all of the instructions that were included with the hardware. 
  5. Next, install the pickets that run between the top and bottom railing. Use the special hardware that was included with the vinyl fencing. Using other types of screws and nails will cause the vinyl fencing to crack and split, basically ruining the integrity of the fence. 
  6. Take special care to ensure that everything is square and plumb.  Remember that even if you are only off by a fraction of an inch, it can cause a downward spiral, which will make the entire fence look uneven and out of whack. 
  7. After repeating the process of installing posts, rails and pickets, you can then finish your fence by installing the vinyl fence post caps. Fence post caps will give your fence a finished and professional look"vinyl fences" fencing
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