What does a Fence Erector do?
Erect and repair fences and fence gates, using hand and power tools.
- Establish the location for a fence, and gather information needed to ensure that there are no electric cables or water lines in the area.
- Align posts, using lines or by sighting, and verify vertical alignment of posts, using plumb bobs or spirit levels.
- Measure and lay out fence lines and mark posthole positions, following instructions, drawings, or specifications.
- Dig postholes, using spades, posthole diggers, or power-driven augers.
- Set metal or wooden posts in upright positions in postholes.
- Discuss fencing needs with customers, and estimate and quote prices.
- Mix and pour concrete around bases of posts, or tamp soil into postholes to embed posts.
- Make rails for fences, by sawing lumber or by cutting metal tubing to required lengths.
- Nail top and bottom rails to fence posts, or insert them in slots on posts.
- Stretch wire, wire mesh, or chain link fencing between posts, and attach fencing to frames.
- Attach fence rail supports to posts, using hammers and pliers.
- Assemble gates, and fasten gates into position, using hand tools.
- Complete top fence rails of metal fences by connecting tube sections, using metal sleeves.
- Insert metal tubing through rail supports.
- Attach rails or tension wire along bottoms of posts to form fencing frames.
- Nail pointed slats to rails to construct picket fences.
- Construct and repair barriers, retaining walls, trellises, and other types of fences, walls, and gates.
- Weld metal parts together, using portable gas welding equipment.
- Erect alternate panel, basket weave, and louvered fences.
- Blast rock formations and rocky areas with dynamite to facilitate posthole digging.