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What Makes a Good Fence Installer?

19 February 2018


Installation, Repairs & Removal | Harrow Fencing Supplies

If you’ve decided it’s time for a new fence, you may be considering whether to do it yourself or hire a professional. This choice will depend greatly upon whether you have the strength, knowledge, skill and time to carry out the job well. If you don’t feel confident enough that you can complete the job safely and effectively, it is best to leave it to an experienced professional – a fence can, after all, influence the whole look of your property, for good or bad! A good fence installer will have an array of skills which enable them to get the job done well, some of which we’ll look at in this article.

The job

A professional fence installer will be able to erect several kinds of fencing, including those of different materials and styles. Installers have many facets to their job and an installation service can cover:

  • Removal of old fencing
  • Establishing with the customer where new fencing will be placed and whether there are any cables or pipework to be avoided
  • Measuring out materials needed and calculating quotes/estimates
  • Levelling ground and clearing any obstructions which may be in the way of the new fencing
  • Supplying the necessary materials for the job
  • The digging of postholes, which may be carried out with spades or specialist machinery
  • Accurate cutting of timber, metal, and other necessary materials to size
  • Mixing and pouring of concrete around fence posts in the postholes, ensuring that the posts are aligned and set perfectly upright
  • Securely fixing fence panels between posts, either slotting them into grooves in the posts, nailing them in place or, in some cases, welding
  • Attach any complementing gates to the fencing, ensuring they’re well supported
  • Clearing the site of debris and rubbish when finished
  • Adherence to health and safety practices throughout work

Fence Installer Skills

Although DIYers can install a simple fence themselves, professional installers have a set of skills which enable them to do the job to an excellent standard, in complex conditions and in a more efficient manner. A good fence installer has many competencies, including:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, allowing easy communication with customers and any other required tradespeople
  • The physicality to lift, handle and manipulate materials and cope with working outdoors for significant periods of time
  • Proficient practical skills in woodwork and metalwork, enabling high quality finishes
  • Experience in using a variety of tools, including power tools, and in some cases plant machinery
  • Maths skills to allow precise quotes and the accurate calculation of material amounts
  • Knowledge of the relevant regulations, operating standards and health and safety processes to ensure all work is carried out correctly and with due care

Harrow Fencing have over 50 years of experience in supplying and installing high quality fencing. Our installers have the skills and experience to carry out excellent standards of workmanship, ensuring you will be satisfied with your new fencing. Thanks to our professional, adept and helpful team, we have built a strong reputation for being a reliable local fencing expert. For more information, contact our knowledgeable team today – we operate across Harrow, Hillingdon and the Greater London area.

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