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Rusted Chain Link to Stunning Black Aluminum Fencing

The New Haven Black Aluminum Fencing by Freedom Outdoor Living

The fencing was gifted by Freedom Outdoor Living but all opinions expressed are my own.

Nothing is uglier for your backyard than a rusted fence that is one stiff breeze away from toppling. If you’re itching to transform your outdoor space and bid farewell to that old rusted chain-link fence, you’re in the right place. I recently upgraded my fence with the New Haven black aluminum fencing from Freedom Outdoor Living.

I’ll take you through the process of installing the black aluminum fencing from Freedom Outdoor Living. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you! Let’s dive in and turn your yard into something worth showing off.

Things to Consider When Choosing Fencing:

Before you embark on your fencing adventure, take a moment to consider a few key factors. Assess your needs, are you looking for privacy, security, or just to add an attractive boundary. The low-maintenance nature of black aluminum makes it an ideal choice.

Our fenced in area is only part of our yard. We live on 5.5 acres so the fence is really just for the dog. Freedom Outdoor Living has a lot of fencing styles to choose from but I chose the New Haven because I liked that I could still see the greenery of the property beyond the fence.

Design Tips for Laying Out Your Fencing:

Now, the fun part – the design plan! I followed the layout of our previous fence except for one added gate.

Think about how you plan to use the space. We had a double flattop gate for the ride-on mower to more easily get through and a primary access gate by the driveway. Two years ago we installed a garden beyond the fence that required a long walk but now I’ve added a new arch-top gate for easier access.

Make sure you are within your property line and that you check for underground wiring before you start this project. Luckily our fence layout was incredibly flexible so we set it up so that we didnt need to cut any panels. I used graph paper to mark the length and number of panels vs posts that needed to be ordered.

Triple check this number then add 5-10% extras of everything just in case. Always add the extra to account for wrong measurements or shipping damage!

Materials Needed:

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Step-by-Step Install:

Step 1: Preparing the Ground:

Ditch the memories of battling with roots and rocks – with the right tools, this step is a breeze. Use an auger or post hole digger to create holes for your posts, ensuring they’re evenly spaced and deep enough for stability.

If you dont have an auger, I recommend renting one or buying one. We did this project over several weeks so we bought a cheap one. Augers are only meant to go through dirt so you may need to get in there with clippers for roots or a maddock to break up the rocks. We had this problem and it was exhausting for my husband to break up all the rocks we hit. Take your time.

Using string attached to stakes is a great way to make sure your fence gets installed straight. Install a stake at each turn and use a string to mark the line. We also used field paint to mark the post locations for the auger.

Once confident in the spacing, use the auger at the paint marks and take extra care to ensure you are centered. Rocks and roots will push the auger to the side without you knowing. It happened a couple times so we had to go back and redig the holes.

The frost line in Georgia is very shallow so we didnt have to dig too deep to get the posts to fit. You could dig as you go but we decided to do all the digging up front to get the ball moving.

Step 2: Installing the Posts:

Secure your posts in the holes and pour in concrete mix. Make sure they’re level and let them set. The sturdy foundation is key to a long-lasting fence.

The old fence only had 1/2 of the posts set in concrete but we did them all. We started with an end post up against the house. We dug this one shallow so as to not hit the house’s foundation.

Using a post level, ensure that the post is standing in the exact right spot. I held the post level while my husband, Taylor, poured the dry fast setting concrete mix into the hole. Once we rechecked the level, he poured water into the cement mix and using a shovel to make sure it mixed in well.

Within 10-15 minutes, the concrete was basically ready to go!

Step 3: Black Aluminum Fencing Panels:

Freedom Outdoor Living’s snap and lock system will make you feel like a fencing pro. Simply slide the panels into holes on the posts, ensuring they’re securely in place. For us, this looked like one person holding the fencing panel while the other person made sure the post was level and that the panel was securely sandwiched between the two posts.

While one person holds everything level, the other pours the cement mix and adds water… then you move to the next post and panel.

The panels are designed to be rackable up to a couple feet. This allows the fencing to follow the natural terrain of your yard. We used a block or two to make sure the spacing at the ground was relatively even across the whole fence. This fence is rated for use around pools so make sure the spacing below and beyond the end posts is under 4″ to stay within your local codes.

With every new panel installed, Taylor would look down the run of panels and posts to ensure everything was visually straight and checked the string with the next post. Each panel had some small fasteners on the backside to help secure if needed and each post had a simple cap that we tapped into place using a rubber mallet.

Step 4: Gates:

If you’ve opted for the charming arch top gate or the flat top gates, follow the provided gate kit instructions for the hinge attachment. The gates are not rackable like the panels so we used a standard level on the gate for install.

Tips and Reminders:

  • Take Your Time: Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is your dream fence. Enjoy the process and savor the anticipation of the stunning result.
  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Enlist the help of a friend or family member. Installing a fence is more fun when shared and you’ll have an extra pair of hands for those trickier tasks. Taylor could have completed this project alone but having the extra set of hands grabbing the next panel or prepping the cement backs helped speed things along.
  • Maintenance is a Breeze: Say goodbye to rust because black aluminum fencing requires minimal upkeep. A simple hose-down or wipe will keep it looking pristine.

You did it!

Congratulations, you’ve just upgraded your outdoor space with a beautiful black aluminum fence from Freedom Outdoor Living! Embrace the satisfaction of a job well done, and revel in the newfound charm and security your fence provides. With a little effort, a touch of style, and the right materials, you can turn your yard into a haven that functions for you and your family.

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