When it comes to every do-it-yourself project on your property, proper planning and education can help you finish the job within the time frame and budget with a quality result. Fences are structures used to provide protection, safety, privacy and decorative purposes. There are several reasons why a property owner would install fences and these are:

  • Privacy – this is to protect you and your property from trespassers or prevent theft.
  • Security and Protection
  • Decorative purposes. This is to add aesthetic value to your property.

FenceInstallationOrangeCountyAs with any project, it is always important that you have proper understanding about the job with the necessary tools and materials. In this article I will be writing down the tools and materials needed to use for fence installation and materials.

However before the actual fence installation, don’t forget to check with your local Building Department guidelines and when required, obtain a permit. It is also important to call 811 for all your utility lines concern, including asking to mark the area where the underground lines are located. This is to ensure that you won’t be placing your fence on top the utility lines. And lastly, have a survey done to your property to locate you property boundaries.

TOOLS you need:

  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Circular saw
  • Post hole digger

Before installing a fence you have to make sure you are able to do these important steps.

  • Secure permit from your local Home Owners Association. Some HOA have different guidelines when it comes to types and heights of fences.
  • Have your land area surveyed so you will know where your boundaries are.
  • Call 811 to have your utility lines marked.


  1. Locate the fence posts areas. Mark with spray paint so that when drilling the holes it will be a lot easier to locate the areas.
  2. Dig the holes.
  3. Instead of using concrete use foam instead. Instructions for mixing the chemicals to activate the foam will differ with each brand such as Secure Set, Fast 2K, SKA and others.
  4. After filling the holes you can set the post and attach the fence until completed.

It is quite easy to use the foam for stabilizing a post. Aside from the fact it’s easier to handle than concrete or cement. 80lbs of concrete is equivalent to two gallons of foam such as with Secure Set. Always remember to incorporate fun when working. 

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