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This post is the fourth in our “How to Install a Fence” series. Read our previous posts “Planning Your Project”,  “Wood Fence Basics“, and “Vinyl Fence Basics.”

Building your own fence can seem daunting – but with the guidance of the professionals at AVO Fence & Supply, it does not have to be. We have a variety of chain link fencing styles to choose from. This guide breaks down the basic steps for DIY chain link fence installation. (more…)

Repair, Not Replace – Tips to Fix Up Your Fence

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Fences are durable structures, but they also live outdoors year round, making them susceptible to weather and damage from large debris or vehicles. If your fence isn’t looking as fresh as the day it was installed, don’t fret. AVO supplies all fence components (pickets, boards, rails, posts, caps), giving you the option to repair rather than replace your fence. In most cases, repairing your fence will be cheaper and easier than an all-out replacement.

Make a plan to address any repairs during late spring, summer or fall. Use our handy guide below for tips on when and how to repair your wood or vinyl fence. (more…)

Stages of a Landscape Architecture design project 

Landscape architecture design projects differ in scale and complexity, however they are separated into various stages to allow for ease.

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Even though landscape architecture design projects differ in scale and complexity, the project stages often follow a similar pattern. Curious? Here’s a little walk-through.

15 Homeowners Who Took Their Backyard Fences To A New Level

From murals to mirrors, butterflies to Calvin and Hobbes (seriously!), there is no end to what you can do to spruce up your fence and make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood. All these years, fences have been a giant, blank canvas just begging for inspiration. 

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“The only limit is your imagination”.

How to Install a Fence: Vinyl Fence Basics

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This post is the third in our “How to Install a Fence” series. Read our previous posts “Planning Your Project” and “Wood Fence Basics.” 

Installing your own fence can seem daunting – but with the guidance of the professionals at AVO Fence & Supply, it does not have to be. We have a variety of vinyl fencing styles to choose from and all of our Bufftech vinyl fence products carry a CertainTeed lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects. This guide breaks down the basic steps for DIY vinyl fence installation.

Step. 1 Mark out the fence location. Use spray paint to mark the locations of the corner post holes. Mark the locations of the remaining line posts, keeping the distance between the posts evenly spaced.

Step 2. Temporarily set the posts. Using a post hole digger, dig holes approximately 24″ deep and 10″ in diameter. Add a few inches of gravel to the bottom of the holes for drainage. Insert corner posts in holes. Ensure the posts are level and plumb. Brace the posts on each side with an upright 2’ x 4’.

Step 3. Mark the fence line. Run a string line from the top edges of the corner posts. Make sure the string is taut and level. This provides a guide to ensure that the posts are all installed at the same height. Install remaining line posts checking that each is plumb and at the same height as the corner posts.

Step 4. Assemble the Fence Panels. Vinyl fence panels are comprised of a bottom rail, top rail and slats. Assemble them according to manufacturer’s instructions. Snap the ends of the top and bottom rails into the appropriate holes on the fence posts.

Step 5. Permanently Set the Posts. Mix fast-drying cement according to manufacturer’s directions and pour in holes. Leave the 2″ x 4″ bracing in place overnight while the cement cures. Remove the bracing. Apply PVC cement to the inside of the post caps and then install atop posts.

TIPS:

  • After each section of posts and panels is added, observe–you may need to lower or raise posts by prying them out and re-tamping.
  • If your fence has gates, follow specific instructions for installing them.

Whether you are a DIY homeowner or a new contractor looking to break into fence installation, you can rely on the fence experts at AVO. In addition to providing you with all fencing materials needed at the best possible price, we will also provide you with detailed instructions-and we’ll be here if you have any questions!

Are you ready to get started on your DIY fence project? Call us at 781-247-5236 or visit us at any one of our 3 convenient locations and we will be happy to assist you.


More than your local fence company. AVO Fence & Supply knows there is always more to learn when it comes to the latest tips, technology and professionalism in the fencing industry. We’re taking that expertise and sharing it here, to help you grow your fencing business. Start planning your next fencing project today at AVO Fence & Supply.

On the Fence: 7 Top Options in Fencing Materials

Browse some of today’s most commonly used fencing materials, from timeless wood to utilitarian chain-link.

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On the fence about which material to use? Learn how some of today’s most commonly used materials stack up. 

How to Install a Fence: Wood Fence Basics

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This post is the second in our “How to Install a Fence” series. You can read the first post on planning your project here. Stay tuned to learn additional installation techniques for vinyl and chain link fencing. 

Installing your own fence can seem daunting – but with the guidance of the professionals at AVO Fence & Supply, it doesn’t have to be. We have a variety of wood fencing styles to choose from and a range of wood types that are excellent for fence construction, including cedar. This guide breaks down the basic steps for DIY wood fence installation.

Step 1. Mark out the fence location. Use spray paint to mark the locations of the corner or end post holes.

Step 2. Temporarily set the posts. Using a post hole digger, dig a hole for each post you will use. To ensure that posts lodge below the frost line, create holes deep enough to submerge the bottom third of the post below ground. This should be a minimum of 2’ deep for a 4’-6’ high fence and a minimum of 3’ deep for a 7’-8’ high fence. The ideal diameter of the hole should measure three times the width of the post.

Step 3. Add drainage. Add a few inches of gravel to the bottom of the holes for drainage (not necessary if you already have good drainage). Insert corner posts in holes. Ensure the posts are level and plumb. Temporarily brace posts with 2″ x 4″s attached to post tops and ground.

Step 4. Mark the fence line. Run a string line from the top edges of the corner posts. Make sure the string is taut and level. This provides a guide to ensure that the posts are all installed at the same height. Install remaining line posts checking that each is plumb and at the same height as the corner posts.

Step 5. Assemble the fence panels or rails. Insert each section of fence paneling (or rails if you’re building a split rail fence) between two posts.

Step 6. Permanently set the posts by filling in the holes. We suggest using concrete only when it is necessary. Concrete can act as a sponge, drying out the wood, and causing it to rot prematurely.

TIPS:

  • After each section of posts and panels is added, observe–you may need to lower or raise posts by prying them up and re-tamping them down.
  • If you need to shorten a section, cut rails at the desired length. You may need to modify rails to insert into the post.
  • To protect your wood fence from water damage, you may need to seal it. Check that the finish you choose is safe for the type of fence you have.

Whether you are a DIY homeowner or a new contractor looking to break into fence installation, you can rely on the fence experts at AVO. In addition to providing you with all fencing materials needed at the best possible price, we will also provide you with detailed instructions-and we’ll be here if you have any questions!

Are you ready to get started on your DIY fence project? Call us at 781-247-5236 or visit us at any one of our 3 convenient locations and we will be happy to assist you.


More than your local fence company. AVO Fence & Supply knows there is always more to learn when it comes to the latest tips,technology and professionalism in the fencing industry. We’re taking that expertise and sharing it here, to help you grow your fencing business. Start planning your next fencing project today at AVO Fence & Supply.

Cost of Canadian Lumber Up 27%

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Canadian softwood lumber imports have been hit with two separate tariffs by the U.S. Commerce Department. A 19.88% countervailing duty was announced in April, followed by a 7% anti-dumping duty in June. The U.S. imported $5.7 billion in softwood lumber last year alone, mainly for residential home building. (more…)

New England Grows Conference Announces Extensive Lineup – Lawn & Landscape

Industry pros can attend several presentations and hands-on learning sessions.

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New England Grows is an annual conference that brings together Green Industry professionals from all over the east. Take a look at their line-up of workshops and educators for this Decemeber’s conference. 

Fences – Guide to Fencing Costs & Materials 

Are you starting your week with important questions such as “How to choose the right fence?” Then this might be helpful.

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Are you starting your week with important questions such as “How to choose the right fence?” Then this might be helpful.

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