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Aluminum Fence Installation Instructions:

Download a PDF of the aluminum fence installation manual.

Please read these instructions thoroughly before attempting to install your aluminum fence. While installation of our fencing materials is relatively easy, this instruction sheet should eliminate any guess work. Although these instructions aren't tailored to Elite, Delgard, or Jerith, the installation guide will be a good start for all of our manufacturers. When you order from Discount Fence Supply, we include comprehensive manufacturer instructions with every order. If you still have any questions or problems installing the aluminum fencing, please call us weekdays at 1-800-878-7829 8:00am to 5:00pm EST or email us at sales@discountfence.com so we may help you.

  • Some Tips Before Installing Fences:

    - Contact local municipality offices and utilities companies. Some areas have utility lines running underground near the depth you will need to dig post holes at. Speak with the utilities companies to avoid any accidents. Some areas also have specific zoning laws concerning fencing. Check to make sure you can install your aluminum fence and see what special permits you may need.

  • - Establish your fence line by staking out the area to be fenced in and attaching a guide string to the stakes. Make sure the fence is set back from the property line as required by local codes. This step will help you determine where your aluminum fence posts will go and where to dig post holes.

  • - Separate and identify your posts. There are three types of posts: Line, End/Gate, and Corner posts. The horizontal rails of the fence sections fit into the holes punched in the posts. Line posts have holes punched on opposite sides. Corner posts have adjacent sides punched. End posts have holes on only one side. (See Figure 1.) Gate posts are the same as end posts, but the post walls are twice as heavy to support the weight and latching of a gate.

  • - Dig your post holes with a post holer or auger. Next, drive the standard decorative or aluminum post caps onto the posts using a rubber mallet before setting the posts in concrete. This will prevent the fence posts from being knocked out of alignment after the concrete has been poured. Ball caps may be put on after fences are installed.

  • -Gates and sections should be installed so that the bottom of the fence is about 2” – 3” above ground level after the aluminum posts are secure and steady. This will allow the grass under the fence to be easily trimmed.

  • -All screws in the fencing sections and the posts should be installed on the same side (normally the inside) of the enclosed area for a neater appearance when you are done.

  • - When you need less than a full section to complete a line of fence, cut it to size using a hacksaw. Notch the cut ends of the horizontal rails so they will fit inside the post. Use a factory notch as a guide.

  • - Mix the concrete for the posts holes on the dry side to allow the posts to set faster and to give additional support when installing the fence sections. Use the chart on the right to determine the minimum post depth for your fence.