Project Overview

Hardiefence is really easy to install because you don’t need any posts or footings in the ground. It’s a great choice if you have sandy soils that are easy to dig. We show you how to measure out and dig a trench, and install your hardiefence in a few simple steps.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Run a string line
2 Dig your trench
3 Position your first sheet in the trench
4 Put in the rest of the sheets
5 Overlap final sheet to make panels fit
6 Place capping on fence top
  • Step 1. Run a string line

    Set up a string line to get a start and finish point for your fence line. This will keep your fence nice and straight and finish where you want it. Then use the marker paint to mark a line along the string line. When you’re done, remove the string line.
  • Step 2. Dig your trench

    Making sure it is safe to dig where your fence is going, dig a trench to 600mm deep so at least 1/3 of the hardiefence sheet is in the ground. 
  • Step 3. Position your first sheet in the trench

    Once you’ve dug your trench, put the first sheet in place with someone to help you. Check it is level along the top of the fence and upright so it’s not leaning forward or backwards. Then backfill your trench a little bit to hold the sheet in place. 

  • Step 4. Put in the rest of the sheets

    Put the second sheet in place and overlap by one ridge. When the sheets are lined up, use a clip to hold it in place. Check levels again to make sure your fence is even. You can pack some soil underneath the paneling to get it level if you need to. Repeat the process, installing sheets all the way down the fence line.
  • Step 5. Overlap final sheet to make panels fit

    When you get to the end of your fence, there’s no need to cut the panels. If you need the sheet a little bit shorter just overlap by a few more ridges and clip it together. Backfill the trench with soil to secure in place.
  • Step 6. Place capping on fence top

    Place the fence capping along the top of the fence. There are indents on the end of each piece of capping to allow the pieces to fit together neatly. Now the fence is ready to paint.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Safety gear
  • Shovel

Materials

  • Capping
  • Fence clips
  • Hardifence
  • Marking paint
  • String line

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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