Although several materials can be used to construct fences, a wrought iron fence has a great number of advantages over other materials. Wrought iron is an extremely durable material, and lasts several decades longer than wooden fences. Although such fences might prove be more expensive, with the right tools and materials in hand it is possible to construct them within budget. Follow the detailed instructions below to build a wrought iron fence.
Step 1 – Take Appropriate Precautions
When undergoing the above mentioned activity, it is essential to bear in mind a small number of safety and precautionary instructions. Firstly, since you shall be using a number of tools and materials, it is imperative to keep on hand a pair of rubber gloves and eye goggles. Secondly, read over the safety instructions manuals for the tools being used. Thirdly, contact authorities for building permits or special guidelines to follow during construction. Failing to do so may impact whether you're allowed to build the fence or can re-sell your home in the future.
Step 2 - Designing the Fence
Now, the first step in this regard is to design the fence that you shall be constructing. A design can easily be picked out from the vast variety of catalogs that are easily available and from the internet as well. It is essential that this step is one of the first since it shall determine the exact amount and dimensions of the wrought iron railings to be purchased.
Step 3 – Space and Fix Fence Posts
Once the design has been selected, it is time to first mark out the location of the fence. Decide where exactly the fence posts should be fixed according to the chosen design of the fence, and mark their locations using chalk dust. It is recommended that you put each post approximately 6 to 8 inches apart. Dig out holes for where the chalk dust has been thrown using a shovel. Next, place the posts into the holes with about 1/3 of it inside the ground. With a tape measure, check whether all the posts are at the same height above the ground. Use a hand saw to cut any extra length. To make sure that the posts remain firmly stuck inside the ground, fill up the holes with concrete. Moreover, to ensure that the posts remain in a firm up-right position, support the posts with braces around its sides. Remove the braces after a few days once you feel the posts are firmly stuck in the ground and the concrete is completely dry.
Step 4 – Add Rails to Posts
Now that the posts are in firm upright position, the next step is to add the wrought iron railings onto them again according to the original fence design chosen by you. Use a drill and make holes into both the posts and railing at the points where they are to be attached to each other. Next, place the railing against the post and fix it in with the help of nails and a hammer. Repeat this step in accordance with the selected design and hang up the railings onto the posts. To finish up, you can always add a layer of paint or weld the wrought iron railing.