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    Install Your Own Fencing – Part 2

    Fence & Gate

    How to install your own fence...

    Continuing from our guide on how to install your own fencing, today we’re covering the process of the actual fence installation.

    • Add 4 to 5 inches of gravel to the hole, spreading it evenly across the bottom.  This allows proper drainage away from the fence posts during rain.
    • Set the first fence post into the hole, and add 6 to 8 inches of soil.  Check the level of the fence post by placing a carpenter’s level on at least 2 sides.  When the fence post is level, tamp the soil to compact it solidly into the hole.
    • Add another 6 to 8 inches of soil, check the level and tamp the soil.  Repeat until you have filled the hole completely.
    • Mound some dirt around the fence post at ground level, rounding it with a trowel.  This will direct rain and snow melt away from the fence post.
    • Place a stake at the location for the next corner fence post.
    • Attach the twine to the fence post, about 6 inches from the ground.  Stretch the twine to the stake, pull it taut and affix it to the stake.  Set the corner fence post and then repeat for the remaining corners.
    • Measure the width of the fence panels and mark the distance with stakes.  Set fence posts at each stake, aligning them with the twine line and mounding soil around them above ground level.
    • Set a fence panel between the first 2 fence posts.  Use wooden wedges to level the panel.  Attach the panel with screws, maintaining the level.

    Repeat attaching the fence panels to the fence posts until the fence is complete. Now, you can look back in awe at the brilliant fencing you have just created. Next on the list, a pattern imprinted concrete drive or patio perhaps?

    If you don’t fancy the DIY option, get in touch for a free no-obligation quote.

    Install Your Own Fencing – Part 1

    Waney Lap Fence

    How to install your own fence...

    Apparently good fences make good neighbours, so with these tips on how to install your own fencing, you’ll be the toast of the town.

    Things you will need:

    • Fencing posts and panels
    • Wood stain
    • Wood preservative
    • Paint brush
    • Posthole digger
    • Tarp
    • Gravel
    • Shovel
    • Carpenter’s level
    • Stakes
    • Twine or line
    • Wedges
    • 2½ inch galvanized screws
    • Screwdriver

    Before you start make sure you know the locations of any underground utility lines, and plan your fencing to avoid them.

    Firstly you should brush the fence posts and panels with an oil-based wood stain.  Wipe off excess stain and allow everything to dry completely.  Then paint the posts with wood preservative to one-third of their height and allow them to dry thoroughly, following the manufacturer’s instructions.  This retards rot from the contact with the damp soil and the underground sections of the posts.

    Dig a hole that is twice the diameter of the post and one-third of the height of the post, using a posthole digger.  Make the bottom of the hole slightly larger than the top.  Place the dirt you remove on a tarp, as you will need it later.  Remove any large rocks and roots from the hole. If necessary, cut large roots free.

    Tomorrow we’ll discuss how to put your new fence up!

    If you don’t fancy the DIY option, get in touch for a free no-obligation quote.

    Driveway Extensions

    Our customers have a wide range of different needs when they get in contact with us. Obviously, they’re all after an area of pattern imprinted concrete; usually a pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio. Some come to us with larger plans that involve our other services, like installing fencing and decking.

    We’re increasingly hearing customers inquiring about driveway extensions. Some people who have already invested in a driveway realise after the first installation that they’d like to extend their hard surfacing. That’s where our pattern imprinted concrete comes in.

    Obviously, sometimes it’s best to simply remove the original  surfacing and replace it with an extended area of pattern imprinted concrete. However, if you’re set on keeping your original driveway, we can install a complimentary area of pattern imprinted concrete driveway. Because of the variety of patterns and colours available to us in the installation of our imprinted concrete, there’s a great amount of flexibility.

    It’s important that customers who are interested in extending their driveway understand that matching the colour of the original driveway’s surface is going to be impossible. That’s true even if the original driveway is surfaced with pattern imprinted concrete; it’s the nature of the beast unfortunately. Which is why we’d suggest looking at complimentary colours and designs as opposed to trying to match the original. If you’d like to talk to us about extending your driveway, please get in touch for a free, no-obligation quotation.

    Accessorise Your Concrete Driveway

    Your driveway doesn’t have to be boring. It’s a utilitarian space, yes, and it needs to be designed with practicality first and foremost. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sacrifice on visual appeal. A pattern imprinted concrete driveway is one of the easiest ways to get a driveway that’s functional and attractive. But you don’t have to stop there; once you’ve chosen the material you’re going to surface your driveway with, there are a number of other possible additions to the front of your property. They’re simple, effective ideas that can have a fantastic effect on your home or business’s “curb appeal”.

    For example, CD Designs offer a range of fencing and gating, which can be installed along with your driveway. We can also install patios, and areas of decking, which could help to make your driveway and front garden a more social space.

    For additional security, as well as functionality, you could consider lighting your driveway. External lights can be mounted in a number of subtle ways, and either controlled directly, by a traditional on/off switch, or by sensors. Well positioned lights can help you to make your driveway look impressive at night-time, and make it easier to park or move about on foot after dark.

    One of the benefits of a pattern imprinted concrete drive is that it can be installed in shaped bands and fields which allow you to leave space for flower beds and rockeries, amongst other features. These can add some additional colour to your drive, as well as letting you keep your green fingers well practised.

    Edging and footpaths also present an opportunity to inject a little bit more interest into your drive; either by creating them out of materials like gravel or reclaimed bricks, or, if that sounds like too much hassle, by picking a complimentary patterned-and-coloured concrete combination from the wide range available.

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
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