INSTALLATION GUIDE - plastic mesh FENCING
The following is a guide to help you choose the right materials for installing a plastic mesh garden fence. Please note these are guidelines only for domestic and private installations. Where a commercial or professional installation is required, please follow the contractors installation guidelines.
FENCE HEIGHT, POST DIA. / DISTANCE
|MESH FENCE HEIGHT||1.0m||1.5m||1.8m|
|ANCHOR POST & STRUT DIA.||75-100mm||75-100mm||100mm +|
|INTERMEDIATE POST DIA.||50-75mm||60-75mm||75-100mm|
|POST HEIGHTS (Minimum)||1.5m||2.4m||2.4m|
|INTERMEDIATE POST DISTANCE||2m - 3.5m||2m - 3.5m||2m - 3.5m|
1. Install an anchor post every 50m or where there is any change of direction. Ensure that a minimum of ⅓ of each post is in the ground. Use a post driver to install posts. Domestic installation with small diameter posts can be installed using sledge hammer, but protect top of post with a flat piece of timer to prevent the post splitting. Ensure that all posts are installed vertically
2. Anchor posts should be supported with angled timber struts - approx at a 45˚ angle and buried into the ground
3. Intermediate posts should be installed at equal distances from 2m - 3.5m max apart using the same process as the anchor posts.
4. Ensure route of fencing run is level with no obstacles in the way
5. The plastic mesh fencing should be installed starting by wrapping round the first anchor post and securing between the post and a batten - nailing the batten to the post with the plastic mesh in between. This produces a stronger fixing rather than using u-nails and helps to limit the chance of the plastic mesh filaments splitting.
6. Continue battening and/or u-nailing the mesh to the intermediate fencing posts
7. Plastic mesh fencing should have a straining line wire installed to hold the mesh taut at the top of the fence. This should be installed at the height of the fencing. The line wire should be wrapped around the anchor post and tied back round itself securely. The straining wire should be fixed to the posts using u-nails.
8. A ratchet tensioner can be used to tension the line wire between anchor posts. Tensioning is carried our by winding the ratchet with a spanner or socket wrench. This ratchet remains as part of the line wire installation.
9. The top of the fencing should be fixed to the tensioned line wire using galvanised clips / hog rings.
10. Terminate the plastic mesh fencing round the final anchor post using the same process as round the first anchor post
11. Check the plastic fence for sufficient fixing to all posts (battens and u-nails) and to the straining line wire along the length
12. To tension the fence furrther a line wire can be installed at the base and in the middle of the fencing. (applies to 1.5m fencing and above)
Install the anchor posts with angled strut and intermediate posts without struts
Unroll the plastic mesh
Use timber battens to fix the mesh to the stakes.
Battenning stops the mesh splitting if only fixed using u-nails
Tensioning ratchets can be used to tension the line wire between posts
The finished fence should be strong, taut and attractive.