That is a fairly easy job to do.  You need to call the utility companies in 
your area and ask about checking for wires of all sorts, water and gas lines.  
It's a free service unless you wreck one of the lines.  

Years ago I was putting up some chain link fencing and was trying to drive in 
the posts.  They are nothing more than light gauge metal pipe.  

Lowes had a tool that dropped down over the pipe and the top end was closed.  
There are two handles that come out from the sides of this first piece and you 
hold them.  The posts are driven in the ground by lifting this tool up and 
slamming it down on the post.  It's a right heavy tool but it does a great job 
at driving posts in the ground.  And it doesn't destroy the end of the post.

In the event you go with chain link, you might consider a come along as well.  
Doesn't have to be super powerful because you'd wreck something if you went 
crazy drawing it up.  But a couple tons would lend a hand in stretching the 
chain link sections.  Then you'll have your hands free to connect the nuts and 

A thirty pound dog won't require the posts be set in concrete other than 
possibly the posts at the gate.  

Any sales rep can show you what you need to know about assembly right in the 

Probably going to need a couple half inch or 9/16 wrenches for the nuts and 
bolts,  I recommend the come along, a level that's really about it.  Everything 
else is probably not going to be necessary.  However, I'm pretty sure it's 
against some rule to buy the minimum in tools.  I know I'd be ashamed if I did 
such a terrible deed.  

So having said that...  You probably need a socket set and a set of combination 
wrenches to put the different parts of the fence together.  

I'd go for a power auger to set the posts and a small cement mixer to mix the 
concrete you will use to set the posts.  

You might want a laser level and an audible level as well because you can't 
always be sure one is 100% accurate.  Good to have an extra to compare with.  

It's possible you'll need some vise grips in case the sockets and wrenches 
don't do all you need.  

This should definitely get your fence up and add to the ever growing collection 
of tools you need to combat life's situations.  And the list will be shorter 
next time you take on another project that calls for tools. 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kevin Doucet 
  Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 4:25 PM
  Subject: [BlindHandyMan] advice putting up a fence

  Hi group,

  I am looking in to getting a dog. This dog will be for in doors but I 
  want a fenced area for the pet to run and for us to play out in the 
  air. I have an area walled up on two sides, one side the house brick 
  wall and the other side a wood wall of a room addition. I am thinking 
  about having the gate on the wooden wall running along the same plane 
  as the wall, then running the fence at a ninety degree angle to the 
  gate, perpendicular to the brick wall and joining an end fence 
  running perpendicular to the wood wall of the room addition and 
  boxing off the end joining the brick wall to the other ninety degree fence.
  This will give about a 25 by 50 foot area. As this will not be a 
  big dog, not more than about 30 LBS. this should be enough area, 
  don't you agree?

  I looked at some mettle fencing, I think it was called welded wire, 
  which looks like it would do the job nicely. Also looked at some 
  mettle fence posts and some wire clamps to attach the fence to the 
  posts. I also have an idea of what to get for the gate and it's fasteners.

  Now, my concerns are what is involved in putting up the fence? Do I 
  need to have the ground checked by some one to see about water or 
  electrical lines I may puncture with the posts? What tools will I 
  need and what methods do I need to familiarize my self with before 
  starting this project?

  Thanks for any help you can give.


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