Rundown of Important Tools Needed for DIY Fence Installation

At Utah Fence Warehouse, we’re proud to lend regular support to handy, DIY homeowners looking to take charge of their new fence installation, whether for a wood fence, vinyl fence or another of our material options. While we’re also happy to handle installation on our end if you require it, we want to give our clients the choice in this area, which many want to take personal ownership over.

If you’re going this route, speak to our team about the numerous tools we’re able to supply you with to help you out during the process. We can offer just about everything you need, and all you’ll need to arrange for is a post hole digger, stakes or paint for marking, a string line and a drill or screw gun. Here’s a general rundown of the kinds of tools you need to perform a DIY fence installation.

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Spirit Level and Measuring Equipment

Among the first steps in this process is mapping out the location of the fence and various posts. You’ll need basic measuring equipment here, whether in the form of a measuring tape or electronic items, to properly space fence post holes.

One of the key factors here is ensuring each post and rail is level, as an uneven fence is no good for anyone. This can be done with a spirit level, which will tell you where the posts are not level and show you the adjustments you need to make.

Post Hole Auger

The last thing you want is to be digging each post hole by hand – not only is this a major hassle, it also risks uneven depth and width between various holes. Instead, buy or rent a post hole auger for a new fence; there are both handheld and trailer attachment options available. This tool makes each hole precisely the same, plus speeds up the process of digging for you.

Circular Saw

One of the most important tools we provide for you is a circular saw. This allows you to perform precise cuts and any trimming that’s required, such as on the corners or the ends of various pieces. In certain cases, mostly for larger jobs, a chainsaw might also be a valuable tool.

Toolbox Items

Here are some of the basic items your toolbox should contain as you’re moving forward with fence installation:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Claw hammer
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Heavy-duty protective work gloves

Vinyl Alternatives

If you’ve chosen to self-install a vinyl fence, the tools and equipment required here are very different. Vinyl is easy to assemble, but will likely require items like a vinyl notching tool and a vinyl rail remover tool. For a complete list of the tools needed here, speak to our fence contractors.

For more on the tools you need for a DIY fence installation, or to learn about any of our fence materials or services, speak to the staff at Utah Fence Warehouse today.