Rigid panel fencing has the advantage of fast, simplified assembly and a great regularity of appearance. It generally consists of a set of posts (T-sections) and welded metal mesh panels, coated with plastic.
- Louchet or spade
- Cement (325)
- Stop Parts
1. Extend a line to the location of the future fence. Mark the posts (1.25 m apart) with small wooden stakes.
2. It is necessary to seal the metal studs. Dig a hole about 30 cm deep, using a spade or a tine. Then plant the post in the center of this hole, so that it is sunk into the ground about 50 cm deep.
3. Seal the post with concrete. Pour it into the cavity and give the tips of the trowel to chase air pockets trapped during casting. Do not make the concrete completely flush so as to cover it with a thin layer of earth later; so the grass can grow.
4. Before setting the concrete, check the verticality of the post, using a mason bubble level. For lack of a perfect verticality, the meshes of the grid panel can not adapt to the fasteners placed on the posts.
5. Secure the panels to the posts with hooks. In the shape of a horseshoe, they take place in holes drilled in the vertical bar of the T of the profile of each stake. Arrange these hooks so that they are then caught on the horizontal bars of the grid panels (seven in the model shown). Put them all in place before arranging the panels. The hooks are six in number, the lower horizontal bar resting on the ground.
6. Place the wire panels against the posts. It is possible to bury part of the fence to prevent the passage of large rodents; plan it as soon as the posts are pushed down. Arrange the panels so that the connection with the next one does not take place at the height of a pole but at least two or three bars (vertical) away. Given the small section of a post, and if you want it to be truly unobtrusive, it is good to take more precautions than for the sealing of a wooden pole or concrete. Dig a hole in the spade or the tine, giving it a precise shape: that of a truncated pyramid, so that the base of the hole (its bottom) is wider than its summit. Pour a concrete liquid enough, so that it fills all well, the voids, and arrange the post. It is more difficult to stall, using stones; also it is necessary to provide a small system of stays with cleats if one can not push it in the ground. Such a foundation makes the pulling very difficult, since it would completely clear the concrete block thus formed, with the shovel and the pick.
7. Place the mesh panels against the posts and hook them up. Start at the top. The first hook tends to press the panel onto the post. To facilitate the attachment of the lower rails, slightly spread the panel with a wooden stick. Remember to place a hook for each horizontal bar; the rigidity of the entire fence depends on it.
8. Each panel is equipped with a plastic stop piece: it allows the perfect locking of the grid panel and prohibits any reassembly of the latter. Press the panel to take its place; tighten the locking screw to secure the stop.
9. The stopping piece, which participates in finishing the fence, especially prevents the malicious disassembly of a panel. For a thousand security, mate the locking screw: it makes impossible any disassembly. Check before proceeding that the installation of the fence is correct.
10. Mesh panels have end caps, corresponding to an extension of the horizontal bars. These tips protrude about 2 cm beyond the last horizontal end bar. It is possible to connect two panels by means of simple plastified sleeves: in this case, the connection is almost invisible.
11. After placing the sleeves at the height of each horizontal bar (be careful, do not forget any), present the following panel to make the connection. This operation, rather delicate, sometimes requires the help of an assistant. With the connection made, connect the following panel to the already sealed earth stud.
12. Some tie-down sleeves have fold-down legs: they cling beyond the last vertical bar of each panel. When the legs are folded, it is impossible to tear the sleeve. After placing the second panel and folding the legs, the link is inseparable. One piece is sufficient at each junction to make the panels indémontables. This kind of fixation, here in raw metal, requires a layer of paint to remain discreet.
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