How to Install Modu-Loc Fence

July 4, 2018

Sometimes, you don’t need turnkey service from your suppliers. There are times when all you need is the product they supply. While we are well-known for offering full-service fence rentals, we have many customers who simply require us to drop off fence and then pick it up when they’re done with it.

If you need fence in a relatively simple configuration (such as a small compound or a straightforward perimeter), you might consider having it dropped off so that you can install it on your own. Setting up the fence yourself can certainly save you some money on labour costs.

Here’s the thing: our Fence Guys make it look easy! If you’ve never installed temporary fence before, you may be in for some back-breaking trial and error. Our fence panels are heavy, and there is a bit of a science to proper fence installation.

To help you take more of a “DIY” approach to temporary rental fence, we’ve put together a step-by-step installation guide for Modu-Loc fence. Follow these steps to ensure your fence is installed safely and correctly. You’ll find these steps in a handy take-away PDF version at the bottom of this post.

How to Install Modu-Loc Fence

Step 1 – Lay the Bases

All Modu-Loc fence bases consist of one square peg and one round peg. Lay out your fence bases approximately 10 feet apart with all of the round pegs facing the direction in which you will build your fence.

Modu-Loc fence bases spaced 10 feet apart

Step 2 – Install the Panels

With a partner, begin assembling the fence panels onto the bases. Lift one end of the panel and insert the square peg into the post of the panel first, then drag the panel back to the previous base and place it on the round peg. Make sure to install the fence with the Modu-Loc label plate on top and the horizontal bar facing into the site. The horizontal bar should face into the site to avoid providing a foothold to would-be intruders.

Two Fence Guys installing a Modu-Loc fence panel onto bases

Step 3 – Install Any Gates

You can install gates anywhere in the fence line. Gates swing on the round peg. When installing a gate, place one spacer over the round peg (a) before placing the panel onto the base (b). This will elevate the panel and allow the gate to swing.

Fence Guy placing spacer on fence base

Fence Guy installing fence panel on top of spacer

Install the gate wheel at the opposite end of the panel (c). With the spacer and wheel installed, the gate will be level and swing freely.

Fence Guy sliding gate wheel into post of fence panel

Step 4 – Install the Caps and/or U-Bolts

IF USING CAPS: Now you’re ready to finalize the fence set-up by installing the caps. Like the bases, all of the caps also consist of one square and one round peg. These need to be installed in the same fashion that the bases were laid out: round pegs line up with round pegs and square with square. Insert the cap into the top of the panel, and slide the cap in completely.

Fence Guy sliding cap into posts to connect two fence panels

IF USING U-BOLTS: Now you’re ready to finalize the fence set-up by installing the u-bolts. Install the u-bolts at approximately 6 feet high, connecting two panels. The bolts should be securely fastened and face into the site. We do this deliberately to prevent would-be intruders from removing the bolts and gaining access to the site.

A line of Modu-Loc fence panels connected with u-bolts

Step 5 – Add Accessories and/or Signage

Place your signage, delineators, safety ramps, or screen on the fence. Please note that fence lines with scrim or signage can become a hazard if not properly secured or stabilized, so we strongly encourage the use of stability accessories. We urge you to contact your local sales representative for additional stability solutions if you plan to hang anything from the fence panels.

Modu-Loc fence with signage and privacy screen

Now you know how to install Modu-Loc fence. Need our fence installation guide on the go? Click the button below to download the above steps in a one-page printable format, which includes additional tips for best practices.

Button to download PDF version of installation guide

For more best practices, check out our Best Practices for Installing Modu-Loc Fence post. It includes additional tips to ensure your temporary fence system is as safe and stable as possible.

Need help deciding whether to install yourself or hire the pros? Check out Installing Modu-Loc Fence: DIY or Call a Fence Guy? Reconsidering handling the install by yourself? Feel free to contact us for a quote for full-service temporary fence rental, including delivery, installation, and removal.

Author: Joanna Bieda

Joanna Bieda is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Modu-Loc Fence Rentals, and has been with the company since 2014. She loves writing and is a self-professed data nerd. She thoroughly enjoys teaching customers about all things fence via Modu-Loc's blog.

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