Here are a few simple building methods used to greatly increase the looks and longevity of your fence.
‘Hot Stabbing’ or ‘Wet Setting’: these terms means properly mixing concrete then pouring it into the post hole. This method creates a much stronger concrete itself and a stronger bond between the concrete and the post. Many competitors will pour dry concrete mix in the hole with little or no mixing at all! Angler fencing hot stabs posts and also uses more than just one 80# bag of concrete post hole.
U channel – Contrary to popular perception, the vinyl U-channel just isn’t a trim piece, it also acts as a strengthening member for the fence. Angler Fencing screws two U channels to each side to stop any bowing.
Rail reinforcement - a galvanized U shaped metal piece that slides into the bottom rail of a vinyl fence making it extra strong. Angler fencing uses rail reinforcements
Posts – Metal vs. Wood - Using metal posts is by far the most effective way to increase the lifespan your wood fence. Many 10 year and younger fences fall over because of rotted posts. If you are concerned about the look of the galvanized tube posts, please refer to the Post Master post. It is designed to fit in line with the fence rails and be covered with a single picket. See the post master post to the left.
Strong gate posts – Angler fencing uses heavy duty posts for the gate post: a schedule #40 tube, a 5" channel steel with post masters or a 4*6 minimum if you must use wood. The post is set in a hole at least 3 feet deep with more concrete. Of course larger gates get larger posts. Gates shouldn’t sag and should shut with the push of one finger.
Picket quality – Use at least a true ¾ inch thick 1*6 picket; some pickets are only ½ inch now! Make sure you know the quality the bidder is quoting. There is a $3-$5/ lineal foot price range in picket quality.
Nails, Screws and Staples – Angler fencing uses galvanized ring shank nails when attaching pickets to rails and #10 pan head screws when attaching rails to posts. Avoid staples and sheetrock screws.
Hardware – Angler fencing uses heavy duty lockable paddle latches, no weak latches with strings to pull. See the paddle latch to the left.
I always use galvanized powder coated that is scratch resistant instead of cheap painted over plain steel.