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Home Improvement / November 16, 2016
If you’re a recent new homeowner here in Boise, you may be thinking about ways to upgrade areas of your home as you begin settling in. One of the more popular additions to a new home is a privacy fence in the backyard. Professionals typically do this, but it’s completely doable on your own. If you’re looking to install a privacy fence on your own, our crew at Handyman Connection of Boise has put together a few pro tips and steps to help you tackle your project with ease.
Step 1: Plan Ahead
We probably can’t stress this first step enough. Mapping out the area and planning for any unforeseen issues is crucial to building a successful and efficient privacy fence. Double and triple check things before you get started, as this will save you time in the long run. Make sure that the height of the fence actually addresses the privacy concern. Most fences are typically around 6 feet tall, but you may need to go taller or you can prefer go shorter depending on the area where the fence will be installed. You may need to apply for a permit here in Boise or receive approval from a homeowners association depending on the exact area you live in.
Step 2: Lay Out the Area
As you are planning, make sure you completely map out the area and identify your property lines. This is very important, as you need to ensure the accuracy of your lines. This can cause major headaches down the road if end up having to remove certain parts of the fence or re-install it because you didn’t properly map out your property lines. Check out the Boise City Hall to find the most up to date map of your property if you don’t already have one from when you purchased the lot.
You’ll also need to locate your property stakes as well to help guide the spacing of the fence, to help build the framework for the fence’s layout, and to take another step in ensuring the accuracy of your property lines. You can do this by placing a string to lay out the lines to identify where you can install the fence.
Step 3: Gather Your Materials
As you gather your materials, consult with a professional at a home supply store to help you get all of the correct materials. Don’t forget to incorporate at least one or two gates for entry and exit options. There are a few resources online to help identify everything that you’ll need as well. Make sure you have all of your dimensions ready when it comes time to purchase everything so that you don’t have to return to the store multiple times for extras or replacement materials.
Step 4: Time to Build
Here’s the fun part. We won’t go into all of the details that go into actually constructing the fence right now, but here are a couple of tips to keep in mind when you are building the privacy fence. Start by installing one piece at a time. You won’t want to rush this process as it could result in small errors turning into much larger problems. Remember that each privacy fence is different, especially if you are constructing one you’ve designed yourself. Be sure to consult with a professional if you are unsure about any part of the build as that can also cause headaches in the long run if you make an honest mistake.
Our crew at Handyman Connection of Boise is always here to help with any and all of your home maintenance projects including building and installing a privacy fence in your backyard. Give us a call if you have any questions or if you’d like us to come tackle the project for you!