We have also seen a lot of interesting DIY attempts that often don't work out as well as they should. When people ask what our best advice is for building a new fence then our first recommendation is to do it right the first time and call a professional!
However, if you're a bit of a DIY handy man and you are thinking of building that new boundary fence yourself then here are a few tips to help you along the way and hopefully save you some time and money.
What is a Paling fence?
Paling Fences are the most common type of fence and most traditional type of timber fence. Commonly known as treated pine fences they offer the perfect solution for boundary fencing around your home. A traditional Paling Fence is built with treated pine posts, rails and palings with the palings butted up against each other to provide great privacy. This design makes it one of the cheapest full privacy boundary fences on the market.
With the treatment in the timber offering long term resistance against decay and insects it’s no wonder it is one of New Zealand’s most popular long lasting fences
You can build a fence up to 2.5m high with out the need for a permit although it is always a good idea to check this with your local council before you start.
If you are building a boundary fence you will need to talk with your neighbour about your plans, the style and cost and confirm with them if you will need access onto their property during the build. Getting a copy of the fencing act will give you all the information you need on your rights and obligations.
You must also make sure you establish exactly where the boundary of your property is. If you are not sure you then you can request a copy of your plans from the council, or get a surveyor to correctly establish your boundary.
You should also check the plans for the location of any pipes and consult your electricity provider for information about underground wires that may not be shown on the plans.
Tools of the trade
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Materials and Planning
Decide your height and choose your posts to suit. For the rails you'll need to choose if you want these fixed in between the posts or on the front of them. For fence heights above 1.2m you will need to use three rails.
For your concrete, either go for a builders mix and cement at a ratio of 6:1, or pre-mixed concrete.
Top tip to work out the volume of concrete that you will need use the following:
- For a square hole Width x width x depth x number of holes.
- For a round hole: Diameter x diameter x .7854 x depth x number of holes.
Lastly but importantly, measure up and draw yourself a plan so you can then work out your materials and order them.