How to Install Metal Fencing Panels

Old, weathered, ornate metal fencing
What You'll Need
Fence panels
Socket dolly
Sledge hammer
Metal fastenings and clips
Post caps
Post sockets
Spirit level

Whenever you are installing metal fencing panels, there are a few things you will need to keep in mind. This is a job that is going to take at least a full day to do but it is well worth it in the end. It is better if you are able to have assistants help you in this task so you will be able to get the job done easier and faster.

Step 1 - Posts

You will need to keep in mind that your fence posts are going to most often be 4x4. Knowing this will help you to know the right length of post that you will need. Make sure that the tops sit proud of the fence. You may need to top them with a finial or a cap. Your posts are going to have to be positioned firmly as well as anchored and positioned well.

Step 2 - Mark

Mark the position of the screw holes when attaching the first panel up against a wall. The mark will indicate where the screw holes will need to go for your bracket that is going to hold it into place. Make sure you get the bracket right below the top of your panel. Put the other one right above your base.

Step 3 - Drill

Once you have the places marked, get your electric drill and fit it with your masonry bit. The hole needs to be drilled into the positions you have already marked. Once they have been drilled, get plastic wall plugs and plug them into each of the holes. From there, each of your U-shaped metal brackets will need to be screwed into place. Get your spirit level out so you can make sure they are going to be square. It is a good idea to check again to make sure that they are lined up with each other.

Step 4 - Panels

You will now need to get your fence panel pushed into position. This is something that you will do by getting it slotted against the metal brackets as tightly as possible. After you have decided you are happy with the fit, get both sides of your panel fit and secured with your screws.

Step 5 - Finish

Get the first post positioned and get the metal socket tightly secured. The socket dolly will need to be fit on top of your socket so the metal can be protected. Knock it down with your sledgehammer. Tap the socket until it is soil level. Make guide holes with your drill and screw your fencing clips into the holes. Repeat this until you are finished.