Fences make good neighbours, and good neighbours make good friends. A simple wooden fence can do three useful things in this regard – create privacy, hide an ugly view, and control dogs (and to an extent cats too). You could find a handyman to do this for you, or even do the job yourself, assuming that you have the time.
o Mark out the run where the fence will stand, using sticks hit into the ground and string. If building on a boundary line it is a good idea to consult with the neighbour too, and set your fence a few inches inside your property, just in case.
o Stand back and review the result. If the fence is a garden feature it should curve gently and perhaps even contain recesses for plants. Mother Nature does not believe in straight lines, and neither should a gardener.
o Handymen in London understand the importance of the fence end-posts, and any corner posts as well. This is why they hire hand operated hole diggers to make neat holes that will provided the necessary strength
o When ready, plant the end and corner posts and secure then with two buckets of concrete each. Before you do so, make sure the posts top out at the right height, and are perpendicular too. Leave the concrete to dry for 24 hours before proceeding.
o The next day attach a builder’s line to the top of the corner posts, to confirm the final run-of fence and ensure that the intervening posts align vertically. Dig holes for these, plant them vertically, and backfill with moistened earth firmly stamped down.
o Attach suitable stringers along the top, middle and bottom of the fence using galvanised nuts and bolts. After that, nail on the boards if you goal is privacy too, and finish off the job with an appropriate paint or sealer.
If this sounds like too much work for you, then welcome to the crowd who prefer to get handyman quotes on Mr-Skill. That way you will not risk injury and can get on with other things that you prefer to do.