When shopping for fencing, estimate the price of different types so you can choose the best match for both your landscape and your budget. After you determine what you need for your fencing project, you can use the information to determine the cost of the overall project with different types of fencing with just a few calculations. You may find that by cutting corners on one component, you can add a special feature and still stay within your budget.
Things You'll Need
 Graph paper
 Markers, assorted colors
 Tape measure

Draw a closetoscale map of your property on graph paper. Take measurements of the area to be fenced and draw those to scale on the graph paper.

Mark the location for all corner posts on the map with a colored marker. Corner posts are the posts that have fencing on both sides at corners or bends in the fence. Create a label on the graph paper and write in the number of corner posts needed.

Highlight the location for all end posts with a different colored marker. End posts are posts at the end of the fence where there are openings for gates. Create a label on the graph paper and write in the number of end posts needed.

Calculate the amount of concrete needed to set corner and end posts. Each corner or end post will need one 40pound bag of concrete. Create a label on the graph paper and write in the number of bags of concrete needed by adding the number of corner and end posts together.

Determine the number of line posts needed by the distance between corner posts and end posts and the width of the fence sections. Measure the distance between corner posts and end posts. Divide the distance by the width of the fence panels chosen and round up to the nearest whole number. Mark the location for each line post on the map with a different color marker. Create a label and write in the number of line posts.

Establish the number of fence panels needed by adding the number of line posts and add one for each side. For example, a square or rectangular fence would increase the number of panels needed by four. Determine chain link fence by counting the length of all sides. Create a label on the graph paper and write in the number of panels or the length of all sides, for the fence panels or mesh.

Calculate the number of top rails needed by adding the length of all sides together and dividing by result by the length of the top rail. Create a label on the graph paper and write in the number of top rails needed for the project.

Consider miscellaneous supplies for different types of fencing such as, caps, line wire, gate, clips or brackets.

Estimate the price for different types of fence using the quantity of common components determined above and multiply by the price for each of those components in each fence style to compare prices for the project.
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