Recently a number of customers have contacted us about how to use FenceFins on corner posts.
The answer depends on the wind conditions on the fence at the corner, and also on how much space there is at the corner of your plot. Let’s start with the easiest scenario first, a corner post in low wind conditions.
Corner posts in low wind areas
For corner posts, the fence itself provides some support. So where conditions are less windy this may be enough. In the diagram on the right, the wind blows on Fence line A. Because Fence line B is at right angles to it (at the corner) then Fence line B provides some support to the corner post. This may be all the support your corner posts need, particularly if the corner is in a sheltered spot in your garden.
Strong prevailing wind in one direction
In some areas there is a strong, prevailing wind from one direction. Winds from other directions are usually lighter. If this is the case for your garden then you should definitely strengthen corner posts against the stronger, prevailing wind.
This diagram shows how to position the FenceFins (in blue). You may not need to worry about the lighter winds, due to the support from the fence at right angles, as explained above.
Strong winds from more than one direction
Sometimes life isn’t that neat though, with winds helpfully only blowing strongly in one direction!
So if your garden experiences fairly strong winds from different directions you need to think about using two pairs of FenceFins on your corner posts. In this case arrange the FenceFins so that they ‘point’ in different directions. One set needs to be nailed on above the other set, of course.
Corner posts with limited space
One of the problems with corners is that they generally mark the boundary of your own property. So, you may not be able to place a FenceFin out beyond your boundary line in the way shown in the diagrams above. Or there may be physical barrier at ground level, such as a pavement or patio, which prevents you from digging out even a short way beyond the corner post.
In this case, the best option is to take one set of FenceFins and nail them to the post one above the other, at right angles. You will end up with one FenceFin sitting under each fence line, as in the diagram on the left.
Hopefully this answers a few questions about using FenceFins on corner posts. If the conditions in your garden are not covered here then please get in touch. You can email us using our Contact Form or give us a call. All the details are on our Contact Page.