How do I mount my vinyl fence rail to a pre-existing wall or fence?

To affix a panel to a wall, you will need to purchase vinyl fence brackets. Please see the spec drawings of your fence style to determine the size of brackets that you need.
A. Place wall mounts evenly with fence rail spacing and secure with screws.

B. Install fence panel rails into wall mounts and secure fence rails with screws.

C. Finish installing the rest of the fence panel as a regular installation.

Working around a tree in your fence run

Sometimes it’s unavoidable to have an obstacle such as a tree in your fence line. Here is a tip showing what one customer did. However, we must caution that trees do grow. Please be really careful when attempting something like this, and leave room for the tree to grow. You would not want a growing tree to buckle your whole fence!

The fence run has a tree in the way

Some cutting is required to work around the tree

 

 

A successful project and a great looking fence!

Can I make my post more solid when it’s against a wall?

Although not totally necessary, if you would like to create a solid connection between your post, wall, and fasteners, you can fill your post with expanding foam.

Important Information About Fence Conforming to Pool Code

We have designed certain styles of our fence to be compliant with BOCA pool code, which is an industry standard that meets the safety requirements for most counties.

For swimming and other child safety gates, most safety standards specify:

a)  Your fence height needs to be between 4’ and 6’ high minimum

b)  Your gate needs to open outwards away from the pool

c)  Latch releasing mechanism to be minimum 54” off the ground.

*The Plain Jane Gate and Slim Jim Gate will require a specialized latching system to meet pool code. Use MagnaLatch Top Pull Hardware (not included) and Captain Morgan Post Caps Only.

Magna Latch Top Pull Code is # MLTPS2BGA.

There are some counties that have their own pool code. It’s important that you confirm pool code requirements with the appropriate authorities in your area before you purchase.

How far do I drive my anchors into the ground?

You should drive your large anchor 42″ into the ground, leaving 42″ above the ground.

You should drive your small anchor 36″ into the ground, leaving 24″ above the ground.

What is the wall thickness of your vinyl?

The thickness of the extrusions (posts, rails and vertical pickets or boards)  in your vinyl fence can become  an important consideration in your purchase decision. We’re proud to provide this information below and more specifically in our detailed specification drawings which are included in our instructions.

Professional Grade Vinyl

  • Vinyl Posts (4 ½ x 4 ½)  are .080 wall thickness (the per foot weight of this post is equivalent to a standard square  5×5 at .135 wall thickness because of its honeycomb configuration).
  • Vinyl Horizontal Rails  (1 ½ x 3 ½ , 4 ½ and 5 ½ ) are .090 wall thickness.
  • Vinyl Vertical Boards or Pickets Range between .050 and .060 wall thickness.

Please note that vinyl extrusions have normal tolerances of + or – 10%.

What saw blade should I use when cutting vinyl?

Vinyl fencing can be cut just like wood. Preferably use a circular saw with a PVC blade or a sharp and straight fine-tooth carbide blade. If your saw blade is designed for rough cutting lumber and dull, it could shatter the vinyl. This is especially true if the vinyl is cold.

Tips on using a manual post pounder

1. You can either leave the leveling donut off or on during pounding.

In the vast majority of installations, the top of your anchor will not mushroom enough to cause confl­ict when putting the donut back over the anchor. The only potential problem is really hard or dry ground where repeated blows with the pounder are required.

2. Begin to use your level only after your anchor has been pounded about 18 inches into the ground.

Initially you can use other level reference points (house, another fence etc.) to eyeball level from. Step back 3 or 4 feet from your anchor in both directions to do this.

3. Use the handles of your pounder to either push or pull your anchor into alignment.

4. Slightly over compensate when pushing or pulling your anchor back into alignment.

Your anchor will have a tendency to want to revert or spring back to where it was being adjusted from, especially as it penetrates deeper into the ground. Pounding from the same side you want the anchor to travel towards is also recommended.

5. Try not to adjust your anchor into alignment for the last 6-12in. of penetration.

Adjustment at this stage requires the entire anchor shaft to be overly corrected which can enlarge the side of the hole you have just created during penetration. You want the ground to be as tight as possible around your anchor. Remember your anchor can be corrected to level using your leveling donut.



6. Speed things up by using two people on the pounder.

Two people working together in rhythm can really speed things up and lighten the overall burden. Grab a buddy and get into it.

How do I deal with low hanging roof lines?

During your vinyl fence install, you may find that you are unable to sleeve your vinyl post over your anchor due to a low hanging roof line. You can work around this scenario in one of three ways.



Option One

If possible, continue to pound the anchor lower into the ground just enough to accommodate the installation of the vinyl post over the top of the anchor and leveling donut.


Option Two
A, B. Cut open your vinyl post so it can wrap itself around your leveling donut and anchor positioner.

C. Secure in place as necessary



Option Three

A. Cut down a piece of wood to fit inside of your post.

B. Cut a second piece of wood to fit between post and wall. Leave enough space for post cap to fit.

C. Screw outer piece of wood to wall first.


D. Secure into place as necessary.

How do I extend my vinyl fence panel if necessary?

A. If your anchors inadvertently were spaced too far apart, you can extend your horizontal rails using wood blocking cut to fill the void in the extruded cavity.

B-D. Sleeve over your wood blocking by using the same size extruded vinyl. If you do not have any left over waste, please call us at 1.877.778.5733 as we may be able to help you with finding a solution.

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