Hi everyone and welcome to our first video in this series on how to install Yard Guard Select Decorative, Steel Fence. My name is Joe and in this video I will be going through the basic steps of preparing a yard for this fence installation. Now, because there are multiple steps, you may want to watch this entire video series first before you begin your project. Then you can use it alongside our printed installation instructions, as a reference while you work. So, let's get started.
First, check your local building codes and homeowners regulations for height and location restrictions. In some areas, you may need a permit to build. Next, determine where you want the fence to be located. Then, verify with a plat of survey or call a professional surveyor to ensure that you are building within your property boundaries. And before you break ground, call your local utility company to come out and mark any water, cables, electric and gas lines. Next, you will want to determine how long of a fence you wish to install. For ease-of use Yard Guard Select has placed all the necessary posts and fittings into separate hassle free boxes. To determine how many boxes you will need, refer to our planning and purchasing guide. Following the steps for planning your fence installation and referencing the line post spacing guide, draw your fence layout on the provided grid. These steps along with the material purchasing worksheet will help you easily calculate how much material you will need.
Then, just purchase the boxes. Now, when buying the boxes, it is a good time to purchase or rent, any additional tools, you may need for this installation. A list of suggested tools and materials can be found on the planning and purchasing guide. Once all your items are purchased, read all written installation instructions and insure all necessary supplies are accounted for. Now, it's time to lay out our line of fence or where the fence will be installed. Start with the terminal posts, which are the ends, corners and gate posts of your fence. From terminal post to terminal post, set up your fencing area with strings and stakes. This will help you align your posts in a straight line. Also, make sure you mark the area where your gate will be. It is very important that the gate posts are exactly 48 inches apart for the walk gate. All right, we've got the general layout of our fence. Our next steps are setting the posts, attaching the hardware, and installing the top rail, which we'll cover in our next video.
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Hi everyone and welcome to our second video in the series on how to install Yard Guard Select Decorative, Steel Fence. My name is Joe and in the previous video, I went through the basic steps to prepare you and your yard for fence installation. In this video, I'll be showing you how to set up the framework of your fence by installing the posts, hardware and top rail of your Yard Guard Select Decorative, Steel Fence. Because there are multiple steps you may want to watch this video first before you continue your project, then you can use it alongside our printed installation instructions as a reference while you work.
So, let's get started. Alright, now that we have the general layout of our fence, we can dig our terminal post holes. For ease of installation, Yard Guard has designed all line and terminal posts to be the same size. Therefore, you will want all your post holes to be 22 inches deep and about six inches in diameter. Here is a tip. When digging near your home, to avoid structural damage or personal injury, you may want to use hand tools such as a post hole digger but for the rest of the holes, you may want to consider an auger which can be rented or purchased. It will save you time and effort and you will have more energy for the rest of the project. When all the terminal posts have been dug, we need to mark the ground line on the posts. Since all posts have been designed the same, to make things easier, lay all the posts on ground measuring 1 to 50 inches and then marking them all. However, if you have uneven terrain or thick grass, you may want to mark your posts at 51 inches. For the gate to properly self-close, it is important that the gate posts are leveled. Test the gate for the desired height, and adjust the post as necessary.
Now, set your terminal posts in the hole, so that the ground line you mark previously will be at the same height as the ground. You may need to add gravel to achieve your desired height. Then, just set the posts and fast-setting concrete. As the concrete is setting, make sure that your ground lines are kept at the ground level. Also, with a carpenter's level ensure that your posts remained plum. Here is a tip, make sure to crown the concrete so that the water runs away from your posts. Okay, now that the concrete surrounding the terminal post is hard, we can prepare the line post holes. Here's a tip, stretch a mason line between the terminal posts. To do this, wrap the string around the top of the first terminal post in a horizontal fashion, then up and over the top of the post. This strain will ensure that as you set your line posts, you will have a straight run and uniform height. Referencing the fence layout guide, mark the location where you will dig your line post holes. Now, just dig the holes and set the line posts using the same method as before. Achieving the proper height with gravel and setting them in concrete. When the concrete has hardened enough for the post to remain plum, gently move the post up or down in their footings to achieve a uniform height. The stream we set up before will help with this. Also, ensure the posts are plum with a carpenter's level. With the concrete set, we can begin to add our post hardware. Here is a tip, make sure to wipe down your posts before you install your hardware. Starting with the end and gate post slide on one tension band. On corner post, slide on two bands, perpendicular to one another. Then attach the post cap, a rubber mallet will help with this. Next, we're going to connect our rail connector cup. The swivel end allows it to adapt to various terrains. Remove the rail connector cup from the rail connector base. Similar to the tension bands, we will install one base for end and gate posts, and two perpendicular to each other on corner posts. Here is a tip, in order to prevent the rail connector base from moving during installation, it is a good idea to pre-drill the holes on the post before installing.
Now, attach the rail connector cup to the rail connector base with the supplied washer and nut. Next, on gate and posts attach three panel to post brackets with the supplied screws. On corner posts, attach six brackets, perpendicular to one another. Install the bracket 1 inch below the rail connector. Moving down another 20 inches from center to center, install the second bracket. Finally, move down another 20 inches center to center to install the third panel to post bracket. Make sure the flat side of your panel to post bracket bases out. With all the fittings installed, we can attach the top rail. Slide the first section of top rail into the rail connector cup.
It is important that the flat side of the top rail face out. Now, drilling from the curb side, fasten the rail connector cup to the top rail with the supplied self-tapping screw. Continue down your fence line, resting the top rails on the line post. If needed attach additional top rails, with the top rail sleeves. Starting three inches into the final top rail sleeve, measure to the back of the rail connector cup. Then, mark your top rail to this measurement and cut to size. Here is a tip, paint the cut edges of the top rail to prevent rust. When the paint is dry, slide one end of the top rail into the top rail sleeve, then detach the rail connector cup from the rail connector base and slide it onto the top rail. Drop down the rail and slide it into its final resting position. Remember to fasten the rail connector cup to the base with the included washer and nut. Finally, with the included self-tapping screws, secure all rail and cups, and top rail sleeves to the top rail. However, wait until the fence panels are up before you install the top rails to the line posts. Our next steps will be to add the tension wire and fence panels to our framework, which we'll cover in our next video. Thanks for watching and we'll see you soon.
Hi everyone and welcome to our third video in the series on how to install Yard Guard Select Decorative, Steel Fence. My name is Joe and in our previous video, I went through the basic steps of setting the posts in concrete, attaching the hardware and installing the top rail.
In this video, I'll be showing you how to install tension wire and fence panels on the Yard Guard Select Decorative, Steel Fence. Because there are multiple steps you may want to watch this video first before you continue your project. Then, you can use it alongside our printed installation instructions as a reference, while you work. So, let's get started. First, position the tension band 3 inches from the ground. Then, attach the tension wire ratchet to the tension band tightening the carriage bolt with the wrench. Repeat this process for each tension band. Next, measure the distance between the two terminal posts, add an inch and cut the wire to size. Thread the wire through the hole in the first ratchet and wrap it with three to four rotations. Then, stretching the wire to the next ratchet, repeat the same steps wrapping the wire until it is tight by hand. Repeat this process for each fence line. Next, unfold one section of fence panel and starting at one corner and or gate post, secure the panels into all three panel to post brackets. Then, lift the panels up into the top rail and rest the wire on the inner lip of the top rail. Note, all fence panels should be positioned on the outside of the tension wire. Lock the wire to the top rail, using the panel to rail clips. Make sure the top wire is seated in the lip of the clip, then pull down the lock with the included tool. One clip for 2 foot panel will do. Place these clips near the center of each panel and for stability, add a clip into each rail connector cup and on both sides of each top rail sleeve. Continue this procedure until you reach another terminal post, connecting additional fence panel sections if necessary with the panel clips. Make sure the panels are locked into the clips by firmly pulling back both panels until they snap into place. Now, if your fence line does not reach the next terminal post, reverse the procedure from the targeted terminal post. Overlapping the existing fence panel with a new 2 foot panel, splice both panels at the nearest vertical wire and connect both with three panel clips. When the fence panels are up connect the wire to the line posts, with the panel to post clips, securing them with self-tapping screws. We suggest to use a minimum of three clips per line post using a similar spacing to the panel supposed brackets we set up earlier. And now that the fence panels are up remember to secure the top rail to the line post with the supplied self-tapping screws. Finally, secure the fence panels to the tension wire with the supplied panel to wire clips. Centering 1 per 2 foot panel should do. All right, we're nearly done with our fence installation. All we have left to do is install our self-closing gate, which we'll cover in our next video.
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Hi, everyone and welcome to our fourth video in the series on how to install Yard Guard Select Decorative, Steel Fence. My name is Joe and in our previous video, we covered the basic steps of setting up your tension wire and installing your fencing to your framework.
In this video, I'll be showing you how to install a self-closing gate on your Yard Guard Select Decorative, Steel Fence. Because there are multiple steps you may want to watch this video first before you continue your project. Then you can use it alongside our printed installation instructions as a reference while you work. So let's get started. After determining which post will be the latch post and which will be the hinge post, seven inches from the top of the hinge post, attach the top post hinge with the pin pointing up. Then, install the bottom self-closing post hinge. Similarly on the gate, install the top gate hinge eight inches from the top and the bottom self-closing gate hinge seven inches from the bottom of the gate. Now, place the gate in position by aligning the top of the gate with the top of the fence. Sliding the self-closing post hinge over the self-closing gate hinge check to make sure the gate swings fully open. If it doesn't, adjust the hinges. Next, install the gate latch at a desired height and install the PVC pose protector at the same height on the corresponding post. Make sure the gate latch will automatically keep the gate in position when it swings fully closed. Now, verify all latch and hinges are securely tightened. That's it folks, we've completed our Yard Guard Select Decorative, Steel Fence. Go ahead, take some time and admire your hard work. I hope this video has shown you just how easy it is to install Yard Guard Select Decorative, Steel Fence. My name is Joe and thanks for watching.