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Panel fencing is the most popular fencing, panels are readily available and easy to fit.
The pressure treated timber posts are concreted approximately 18"-24" into the ground and the treated panels are then fitted between the posts. Cost per Panel works out at between £20
and £60 depending on the style and quality. Fitting costs will vary depending on the ground work and clearance involved.
Close board frame Fencing
Scoreboard and Feather Edge frame fencing is a more expensive than fitting fencing panel because of the onsite work involved but much stronger and more durable. The pressure treated 4 x 4 fence posts are concreted into place, and the cross members (rails) are screwed to the upright posts to form the frame. The boards are then nailed one by one to the frame.
Although Close board and Feather edge fencing costs more than budget fence panels it can look better especially when fencing a sloping garden.
Using Posts that are Pre-cut with a slot to take an Arris rail will add to the cost of materials.
All our fencing is erected by a skilled garden fencing contractor with years of experience fitting most types of Lap fencing, close board panel fencing, feather edge frame fencing, lattice, fencing and trellis.
Place the post in the hole, checking all posts are the same height and ram broken brick or stone into the base of the hole to support the post.
Use a spirit level to check the post is straight and check it is set flush with the string line or you will end up with a wonky fence. This can't be changed once the post is set in concrete.
Mix the cement and gravel/hardcore, following the instructions on the bag of cement. It's a bit more expensive but easier to use bags of premixed concrete. Post mix is specially formulated for fencing and sets quickly. Follow the instructions on the bag.
Fill the hole around the post to just above ground level using a trowel to push the mix well in, making sure that air pockets are squashed out. Then using a trowel, form a smooth surface slightly sloping away from the post to let water run off.
Check again with a spirit level that the post is vertical and also flush with the string line and prop it up with a couple of timber battens to hold the post steady until the concrete sets. Premixed concrete sets quickly, mixed concrete can take up to two days, depending on the weather. If you move the fence posts make sure to push the concrete mix back into any gaps around the fence post.
How to fit the fence panels to the fence posts
The fence panels can be fitted over gravel boards to keep them off the ground or leave a gap of at least 100mm under each panel to prevent rotting.
The panels can be nailed or screwed through the frame to the post using 1 1/2 inch or 2 inch nails or screws (depending on the thickness of the panels.
Make sure the panel is set flush or recessed to the same measurement with the post and attach the top at both ends first, now the middle and next the bottom.
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