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How to Install the No Dig 3-Rail Fence

Learn how to install the No Dig 3-Rail Fence in your front or backyard without digging any holes or mixing any cement!

We recently needed a new fence that wasn't permanent but would be sturdy enough to stand on its own and last a while. You may remember, we tried out the No Dig Cedar Fence around our garden and it turned out GREAT! So we decided to go with another style of the No Dig line from Yardlink called the 3-Rail Steel.

The 3-Rail Steel fence features a black, powder coated finish so it won't rust or corrode overtime and extend the lifetime of the fence. Yardlink stands behind this claim with a 5 year warranty so that gave us piece of mind, too! The fencing itself follow the same installation process as the No Dig Cedar Fence and actually even uses the same post! But we broke it down a little further here and showed the beginning of the installation phase which can be a little tricky. Check out Yardlink's Instagram to see how people are using the different fence styles in fun and unique ways (like painting the Cedar Fence white).

How to Install the 3-Rail Fence


Step 1: Unscrew Spike from Post

If you are installation a gate, we recommend starting with the Gate installation first and then you can work your way out from there. When you buy the posts, they are packaged screwed together--so you will need to unscrew the screws from the spike with a screwdriver. Then, discard the screws (you won't need them for anything else). Once you have your spikes separated, hold up your gate panel, and insert one post through the eyelet and press the post through so it makes an indention in the dirt where you want your spike to be.

Step 2: Hammer Spike Into the Ground with a Piece of Wood

Once you've determined where the spike should be, take a block of wood and place on top of the spike. With a hammer, hammer on top of the wood so the spike goes into the ground until the top of the "wings" on the spike are flush with the ground. Make sure not to hammer directly onto the metal as it could damage the spike and if you bend the metal hole where the post will go--the post may not be able go in.

Step 3: Align Panels and Insert Posts Through the Eyelets

After you've hammered your spike into the ground, align your panels together and insert the post through the eyelets on each side of the panels, connecting the two together. The post will be high--wait to hammer it in further with a rubber mallet until the very end so you have some wiggle room to work with!

Next, take another post and insert it through the eyelet on the other end of the panel and make an indention into the ground so you know where you install you stake next. Swing the panel out so you can hammer in your post and repeat steps 1-3 until all panels are installed.

Step 4: Secure Posts with a Rubber Mallet

Once you have installed all panels, take a rubber mallet and with a cloth over the top of the posts, gently table the post further into the ground until the fence is secure and sturdy.

Overall, we are very happy with our fence and excited to see how it stand up to winds and weather over time. If it's like our Cedar Fence--it will hold up great!

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