Installing a fence is hard work, requiring time, energy, and strength, However, when you use the right tools it can make the task of fence installation quicker, more efficient, and less physically taxing.

Post Holes

Digging post holes is one of the most challenging parts of pre-fencing preparation. Each hole needs to be a prescribed depth and width to match the style posts you chose. Preparing post holes is exhausting, and if your fence perimeter is expansive, it may take you days just to complete this one step. Make the work quicker and easier with either of these accessories:

Post hole digger

If you prefer to create all the holes to look at the fenceline, a post hole digger is a useful solution. This is especially true if you think you might change the perimeter plan as you dig. Post hole diggers come in a range of designs, depending on the scope of your project. You can get a manual model for as little as $25, a motor-powered model, fit with a revolving bit for about $200, or larger mechanisms that attach to tractors.

Steel post driver

This hollow tube is flanked on both sides by handlebars. Because of its strong, steel construction, it averages 14 pounds. This tool negates the need to dig holes. Simply put the fence post where you want it and use the post driver as you would a hammer. Your momentum weight, plus the weight of the steel driver, gives you a pound-per-strike ratio equal to that of a sledgehammer. The construction of the driver allows you precision and safety. A few strikes, and your post is in the ground.

Gate Hinges

Access gates come in a plethora of sizes and styles, but don’t forget to choose the proper hinges.


Gate hinges are available in many materials. Steel, metal, iron, aluminum, bronze, stainless, and brass are the most popular options. The best fit for your gate will depend on the purpose of the fencing, and the landscaping beyond.

Gravity hinge

This model is easy to use, especially if you only have one hand to manipulate the latch. It clicks back into a locked position using gravity power. In the event you’ve left the gate open, the wind has the ability to induce a locked gate simply by pushing it closed.

Spring-loaded hinge

Spring loaded gate latches are two-sided. Because this is a mechanism-based closure system, you’ll need to install it properly based on whether your gate swings in, or out.

Slide bolted hinge

Slide bolts closures vary in girth from the small slide bolt fitted on a cupboard, to gate system sizing. They are the simplest, and least expensive of the three options, yet are only one sided. If you’re safety conscious, you’ll need to install another form of protection, like a padlock, on the other side of the gate.



This simple latch is easy to use, double-sided, and available in a locking design. Anyone can use it, even young children, so consider if this is the right latch for your project.


This accessory latch works best on swinging gates and pairs well with the slide or gravity closures.


Lever latches are double-sided and often take two hands to open and close. This extra measure of fine motor skills is a good choice if you want an unlocked model, that is mildly child-resistant.


Bolt levers are built on classic, somewhat old-fashioned designs. They're a one-way entrance option, yet this allows you to put a purely decorative feature on the other side of the enclosure. Build your fence based on your priorities. You have plenty of options to design a safe fence and match your desired look when you shop at vinyl fence companies Orlando, FL.