Fence. Tuesday , July 10th , 2018 - 14:22:41 PM
As I mentioned in the beginning we thought installing a fence on our own would be no big deal however after settling on a fence we loved we knew we were in over our heads. The aluminum decorative fencing we ordered was elaborate and needed professional installation. Being that there are a number of fencing companies available throughout Michigan it is important that our first stop was the BBB in our area. Along with checking in to make sure we were dealing with only people known to be rated as professionals we next went to our family, friends and co-workers to determine if anyone had recently had a fence installed and used one of the BBB recommended professionals. Thankfully one stood out as a reference from a colleague. We were able to determine that the company operated in a manner that was expected in a professional arena.
Attach the pickets with ceramic coated or stainless steel screws. There is no need to have a wood privacy fence with black stain lines going down from each of the screws. Use a string line, or a good eye, to make sure that the pickets are attached at the proper height. In most cases the wood pickets will shrink a little over time so it is often advisable to attach the pickets tight together with no gap in between.
When all the stringers have been installed it is time to attach the fence pickets. Cedar fence pickets should be as thick as possible. Try to avoid the thin pickets that are sold at the big box stores. They may cost less but in the long run they are not worth it. Thin pickets will cup and warp over time. It also helps if the pickets are rough sided rather than smooth. Rough cedar will accept stain and/or preservative much more readily than smooth wood will.
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