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Dos and Don’ts of a Proper Fence Install

12th Sep 2012


Do check local ordinances for any guidelines that may apply to your fence before beginning construction, this includes your HOA and city/county officials.

Do call 888-258-0808 or 811 to have all buried utility lines located and marked before digging.


The Dos

  • Do double check to make sure you have received all parts and materials before beginning construction.
  • Do make sure the concrete, for corners and ends, is completely set before tightening the monofilament line or hanging the fence mesh.
  • Do use a level, this will ensure perfectly plumb posts.
  • Do mound the dirt around your posts slightly to prevent pooling of water.
  • Do gather all your tools before beginning and make sure they are all in working order.
  • Do add gravel or crushed stone to the bottom of your postholes. This gives posts a solid base, but is unnecessary when installing in areas of heavy clay and rock.
  • Do plan your gate placement before beginning construction to avoid issues with post and brace placement.
  • Do dry fit all parts before drilling or installing.
  • Do install your post extensions and post caps before installing the posts.
  • Do use at least one zip tie every foot along your line posts.
  • Do stake your fence to the ground every 5 feet. Deer will always try to go under a fence before over it.


The Don’ts

  • Don’t install your fence without first checking your property lines carefully.
  • Don’t eye ball post placement. Measure carefully for evenly spaced fence posts, making sure to mark all post placements in a line before digging. You do not want to end up with 6 posts 15’ apart and then last 3 feet from the corner post.
  • Don’t skip corner bracing. Corner posts carry the weight of your fence stretched in two directions, this means bracing should be adding in each direction for a more secure fence.
  • Don’t just dump soil in around line posts and tamp down with your foot. Add soil in increments of 6 inches and firmly tamp with a wood post or tamping device before adding the next 6 inches.
  • Don’t skimp on the depth of your post holes. Corner posts should sit a few inches below the frost line to prevent posts from heaving. This means in most areas your post should be dug to a depth of 30-36”.
  • Don’t install your line posts before the monofilament. Installing the monofilament line first gives you a perfect guideline for placing your posts.
  • Don’t forget the post caps. Without the post caps your posts could fill with water and deteriorate faster.
  • Don’t weave the monofilament live through the fence. This will cause bunching and create a wavy finished look. Use hog rings or zip ties instead.

For more tips on installing your Deerbusters Deer Fence view our installation videos and instructions or give us a call at 888-422-337 to speak with a knowledgeable representative.

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