A Perfect Guide To Build A Concrete Fence
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Fencing is done to create a barrier to prevent any outside access or block vision from passage. Fencing can also be done to provide visual sectioning of spaces. After all there is a saying “A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn’t climb over it.” Adding a block wall to your home can add privacy and provide noise reduction.
If you are looking for a sturdy wall protection a concrete fencing will be the best solution. Concrete block comes in various sizes and patterns to make the wall look attractive and will add to the beauty of your house. A concrete block fence can be quite expensive to build, as concrete blocks and the supplies needed are expensive. So if you want to save money you can get the supplies and make the wall yourself and save the labor cost. The below mentioned are the steps to build a concrete fence:
1. First thing is to decide the site and design. Pick the best spot where the fence would be most effective and installation won’t be difficult. Then decide the height and length of the fence and calculate how many blocks you will need. Get some 15% blocks extra in case some blocks get damaged.
2. Next step is to gather all the necessary tools to finish your fence, a trowel, mortar, hard lumber and wet concrete.
3. Now you need to create a frame for the wall. It should be both twice as wide and twice as deep as the thickness of the wall. Use a level to make sure the concrete frame is even.
4. Once the frame is set, pour the wet concrete and allow it to dry for 3-4 days. Use a leveler to make it even.
5. When it is dry, it is time to add concrete bricks. Use trowel to spread one-inch coat of mortar on top of footer. Now lay the concrete blocks along the top of footer. If your first block is perfectly placed, all others will line up with it.
6. Keep stirring the mortar to keep it from drying and keep a distance of a quarter inch between blocks.
7. Mortar three or four blocks outward from the corner or end. Check with a level and tap them into place.
8. Repeat the same for the other end of the wall. Once that is done lay a string from one end to other and use this string to complete the first line of the blocks in straight line.
9. Repeat all the above steps for each line of blocks till you reach the desired height.
10. Finish off the top by putting concrete in the holes with a trowel and then smooth the concrete.
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