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Top tips for constructing strong, durable timber fences

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article image Choose the right posts and rails and you have yourself sturdy, durable fences
Fences play an important role in stock control, and they similarly make it difficult for feral animals and intruders to may their way onto private properties.

In order to fulfil their purpose fences must subsequently be installed in a manner that ensures they are sturdy, durable and long-lasting.

There are a number of things to consider during the installation process in order to ensure fences possess these qualities.

The first, and most important step involves selecting the right timber posts and rails for your fences. Choose poor quality materials, and you will end up with fences that do not function correctly.

Norwood Products offers post and rail fencing systems that are made from a specially selected grade of high quality Australian made wood.

The particular grade has been chosen based on its ability to produce timber fences, buildings and the like that are structurally sound.

Furthermore, the wood is sourced from sustainability harvested forests, so the post and rail fencing systems keep environmental destruction to a minimum.

Now that you have selected your quality materials, ask yourself, do I have the right tools for the job? The last thing you want to do is begin installing the posts and railings only to stop halfway through because you are simply not organised.

Consider purchasing or hiring the following:

  • Power and/or hand saws
  • Post hole digger
  • Stain 
  • Steel tape
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Wood preservative
  • Small axe 
  • Tamping rod
With the correct tools in tow, you can now begin. The first step? Space out the fence posts. They should be set between 6” and 8” apart, however this depends on terrain, the purpose of the timber fences and so forth.

It is advised that you treat the section of the post that will be underground with a wood preservative to prevent it from disintegrating.

Prior to installing the fence posts, place a few shovels of gravel into the holes. When installing the fence posts bury about 1/3 of their total length into the ground.

Once firmly in the ground, pack the posts with dirt or concrete. This ensures they will remain in place.

It is now time to add top and bottom rails to the fence posts. If you have chosen to use post and rail fencing systems from Norwood Products , your life will be made much easier here.

Because the posts are mortised for the rails to pass through without the need for fasteners or fixings, there is no need for you to manually complete this fiddly and often arduous task.

By following these initial steps, you are well on the way to constructing timber fences that are strong, durable and sturdy.

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