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Step 1 - Choosing the correct materials
It is important to make sure that the post and bolt-down
socket plate are of the same dimensions. You can trim the
post to fit the footings but this will weaken the fence.
Normally the post should be about 50mm higher than the
panel unless you are adding a trellis. The posts will
remain above the ground, which will help to reduce rotting.
Step 2 - Preparing the post to fit the wall
If it is possible fix the first post to a wall to give extra
support. The fence post may need cutting to fit. If you do
this you will need to soak the sawn part overnight in wood
preservative, leaving the post for at least 24 hours to
allow it to dry.
Step 3 - Drilling holes in the post and the wall
To attach posts over 1.2m tall you will need three expansion
bolts. Hold the post against the wall and mark the positions
for the holes so the bolts will be attached to brick.
Drill the holes in the post and then make further holes for
the nuts which are usually 13mm. Mark the wall with a long
nail and using a masonry bit, drill the holes for the bolts
at an appropriate diameter and depth.
Step 4 - Attaching the post to the wall
Remove the nuts and washers from the bolts and inset them
into the wall. You can now hang the post to the wall.
Re-attach the nuts and washers and tighten using a
socket spanner as shown.
Step 5 - Drilling holes in a patio or in concrete
If you are drilling into a patio ensure that it has
proper foundations. If in doubt lay a concrete slab to
take the weight of the fence. To find out how to do this
click the icon below. Use the correct width masonry bit
and drill the holes for the bolts. Tighten the bolts in
the same manner as before.
Step 6 - Attaching the screws
Some post socket plates have screws at the bottom to
tighten the post into position.