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Metal Fence Installation Instructions

Step-by-step Installation

Covering your house with a steel fence can have various benefits. It does not only improves the general appearance but also provides an additional layer of defense to the house. For the reason that privacy fences are made to endure the majority of weather conditions.

We’re glad that you’ve bought an Armour Guard Privacy Fence. Therefore, let us walk you through fence installation process in this guideline.

Before Installation Process Guideline:

  • Determine your property line before beginning the installation process. Speak to you neighbor and pinpoint the line where your fence would be installed. Use a string surveyor to get the correct separation.
  • Compare the level of your land to your neighbors. If it's not in sync with the level of their land, use plinths to adjust the difference.
  • Choose an ideal fence by evaluating the type of your ground. If it's uneven, a sloped fence would provide a more long lasting and strong support.
  • Ensure that the height of your fence does not exceed 1800 millimeters unless you have permission from council regulations.
  • To know if there are any water, gas or electricity mains beneath your land, you can dial 1100
  • Check the soil type of your land before proceeding to further action. In view of the fact that different types of soils have varied concrete requirements.

During Installation Process Guideline:

  • Wear protective gear prior to using an operating tool.
  • Remove concrete residues from the fence promptly. Concrete can leave a permanent mark on your fence if left on the surface for long.
  • Use cold cutters like tin sips or nibbler instead of angle grinders to cut Armour Guard sheets.
  • Keep away from using paint to touch up small scratches that might have occurred during installation. It fade away differently and would not sync with the actual tone.
  • Leave the scratches as it is. But, if the damage is obvious, replace that section of the fence.

Proper Equipment Tools

For Field

  • Concrete Mixer
  • Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker
  • Larry Hoe and Wheelbarrow
  • Magnetic Hex Driver
  • Nibbler and Tin Snips
  • Petrol Post Hole Digger
  • Post Hole Scissor Shovel
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Self-drilling Screw Gun with Clutch System
  • Spirit Level or Magnetic Level
  • String Line and Marker Pegs
  • Spud Bar

For Personal Use

  • Ear Muffs
  • Hat
  • Protective Gloves
  • Safety Footwear
  • Safety Glasses
  • Sunscreen Lotions

Steps in Installation of Fence

Step 1: Mark Out Your Post Holes

Make sure you invest quality time to get this precise and accurate at once. Because, this is an essential part in the installation of a fence.

  • Tie string with the help of stakes on the corners of the fence. This will help you in deciding the location of your intermediate posts easily. There is no description of a perfect spacing mandatory between two posts anywhere. However, keeping the normal spacing criterion of 8 feet from center to center in mind is an option.
  • Start digging the holes using a post-holer. Be sure that these holes are wider at the bottom and comparatively narrower from the top.
  • Dig the holes as per your specific soil type. Minimum depth is; 300 millimeters for Rock Soil, 600 millimeters for Clay or Firm Earth and 900 millimeters for Sand or Loose Fill.
  • Increasing the depth of the holes requires an increase of concrete. 20 kilograms for Rock Soil, 40 kilograms for Clay Soil to 60 kilograms for Sand Soil.

Additional Information

  • Pay extra attention in slopping the fence on an uneven ground. Because, it gives a much better attractiveness than stepping the panels.
  • Use a cold cutting saw or nibbler to cut the sheets if your fence exceeds the permissible height (8 feet).
  • Never burn steel to break fence into pieces.

STEP 2: Secure the Posts

  • Fasten posts to secure it. Place 2 fasteners at a distance of 60 millimeters from top of the post.
  • Align only 2 screws within the length of 30 millimeters.
  • Fix the post vertically and adjust its height correctly.
  • Prepare a mixture of wet concrete and fill up the holes thoroughly.
  • Let the concrete get firm. Places that experience wet or cold weather, it might take longer than a night time for the concrete to dry.

NOTE: We provide a couple of self-drilling screws required to fasten channel posts together.

Tapering the Front of Your Fence

Tapering of fence improves the overall visual appeal. Furthermore, it makes the fence stronger than the usual design. However, if you don’t want to alter the entire look, tapering the last panel of the fence can be considered. Because, it only add minimal amount of variation.

Step 3: Install Fence Panels

  • First of all, insert bottom rail between the posts. Do not forget to leave a gap of 50 millimeters between the rail surface and ground.
  • After inserting the rails, determine the location of posts. Secure the rails with help of self-drilling screws.
  • Do not tighten the screws so much. Because, you will need to take them out while inserting sheets.
  • Check the location and installation of posts.
  • Make sure that the top rail protrudes 2 millimeters above the posts to lessen the risk of injury.
  • Loosen the screw one top rail at a time to fill up sheets. Ensure that the sheets overlap the bottom of the rail.
  • Double check the sheet if properly placed in the rail from one end to another. Gently hit the surface using a rubber mallet, if required.
  • Use self-drilling screws to seal the top rail as you proceed.
  • Finally, remove unwanted particles from nibbling process to give your fence a finished look. Having such remnants for long can cause damage to the fence.

More Installation Tips

1. Lattice

  • Hold the lattice vertically to reduce the weight and prevent fall-outs. Because, lattice can be quite heavy and difficult to move.
  • Wear safety glasses before  cutting the lattice into appropriate length.
  • Secure the material using clamp to prevent damage.
  • Cut the lattice using a cold cutting saw.
  • Slide and secure the channel post into the rail with help of self-drilling screws.
  • Carefully slide the lattice of proper measurement into the bottom rail.
  • Place top rail above lattice.
  • Fix the top rail to channel post using self-drilling screws.

2. Plinth

  • Place concrete in your first channel post.
  • Put in the plinth in the channel post.
  • Stack all the plinths using screws before installation if there are more than one plinth. 
  • One unit of clubbed plinth is easy to hold and needs short amount of time to get fixed.
  • Attach other channel post and put the bottom rail in a proper position.
  • Fasten the plinth and rail to channel post.
  • Continue forward with regular fence installation procedure.

3. Kit Gate

  • Calculate the width of the gate by subtracting the width of two gate posts, latch gap and hinge gap.
  • Choose the rail length by deducting two (100 millimeters) gate styles, cut bottom and top rails correspondingly.
  • Slide gate strips on both sides of the sheets, lengthwise.
  • Secure rail on bottom and top of the sheet.
  • Put gate style in the rail one at a time.
  • Seal the gate by fixing two self-drilling screws on all four corners of the gate.

Maintaining Armour Guard Fence Guideline

  • Avoid buildup of dry leaves, sand and garden clippings under bottom rail of the fence. Because, it can restrict the water drainage.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaning agents and chemical based products on your fence.
  • Wash the fence surface immediately if it come in contact with any harsh substance like garden and pest control sprays.
  • Make use of a gentle brush, garden hose and enough water supply to clean the fence.
  • Use a soft bristle broom in removing cobwebs. 
  • Change damaged panels on a priority basis.
  • Fence located in a coastal region or near a swimming pool needs additional maintenance. Wash down the underlying edges frequently to keep away from concentration of salt content.

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