There is nothing more rewarding than a DIY project. Not only will you save money, but you should also feel a genuine sense of pride every time you admire your handy work. The flip side is that DIY projects can also cause a lot of frustration. Here are 6 tips we offer people before they tackle our DIY vinyl fence and DIY aluminum fence to help avoid potential frustration and have the best DIY fence experience possible.
1. Read the installation guides. Twice.
Sure it can be a pain, and echoes of a gruff “real men don’t read instructions” voice may chime in your head, but when it comes to a WamBam Fence, read the instructions, and carefully. This will save you a lot of potential grief and hassles down the road. You can view our installation guides here. Our Murphy’s Fence Laws covers what to do when you encounter certain pitfalls.
2. Don’t mistake yourself for Bob Villa.
It’s great to tackle a DIY project, and we are confident that you’ll be able to install a WamBam Fence. However, overconfidence can cause problems. Go into the the project with an attitude of humility and expect that you will encounter some obstacles, but know that you’ll get through them as they arrive (you can also use our technical support for help).
3. Don’t give up when the going gets tough.
Installing a fence is hard work, and even a no-dig fence is hard work. Don’t feel bad if you’re stressed out or overwhelmed at points. It’s completely normal. Take a deep breath and a break. Go for walk, have a snack, or read the paper. The project will probably not seem so daunting with a fresh mind.
4. Grab a helper
We have many customers install their WamBam Fence single-handedly, and this does work. However, customers who have help tend to have a better experience. Having someone help with the labor not only makes it easier, but more fun. Plus, it’s great to have someone to talk to during the project, either for social reasons or for help troubleshooting.
5. Measure twice, cut once
The devil is in the details, and your fence is no exception. Take time with your measurements and cutting. Double check before you make the cut. Double check that the pipe really is adjusted to level with the leveling donut. You don’t want to get so lost in the weeds that it takes you a year to install the fence, but you definitely don’t want to approach it with a “slap it together” mentality.
6. Give yourself enough time
If you expect to WamBam your fence in the yard in an afternoon, you’re going to end up frustrated, disappointed, or your final fence may look like something out of a Hitchcock movie. For the best experience, give yourself time. The fence can be installed over a couple days or weekends. If you don’t feel rushed, you’re going to enjoy the process more, and the end result will look better too. Keep in mind that you purchased a fence with a lifetime warranty. You’ll be looking at it for a long time, so you might as well do it right.