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Project checklists

Here are a few key details to consider and discuss with your contractor prior to installation.

Checklist: Before you install

Use this checklist when getting bids for installation, as well as sharing your expectations once you’ve chosen an installer. Make sure that this information is included in any written contracts or work orders, and review the checklist with the installer or contractor before work begins. You may want to tie payments to satisfactory completion of this checklist.

•All rail fence is from the same manufacturers lot

•The layout, location, style and finish appearance of ALL finish materials and commonly visible components to be used in Rail Fence Installation will be approved by owner, before any work begins

•All materials, connectors and fasteners used for the Rail Fence Installation will be mechanically and electrochemically (non-corroding) compatible with the Rail Fence Installation

•A detailed rail fence layout - showing material placement and all joints/seams - will be reviewed and approved before work begins

•Vertical edges of rail fencing will be plumb to within 1/16 inch in 3 feet

•The rail fencing will be installed with no sagging so that any horizontal edge does not vary from a straight line by more than 1/8 inch in 10 feet

•All rail fence ledges and floors exposed to water must slope away from adjoining walls and toward the nearest drain with a slope of no less than 1/16 inch per foot

•Rail Fence Installation - Work Milestones and Project Reminders

Checklist: Hiring an installer or contractor

This checklist summarizes work tasks commonly performed during installation. These tasks help ensure proper completion of the work and compliance with common manufacturer and vendor warranty requirements. Make sure that either you or your service provider takes responsibility for each of these tasks. All of the service provider’s task responsibilities should be clearly called out in the written contract or work orders.

•Complete written contract, including scope of work, quality checks, warranty, timing and payment terms; ensure that contract is signed before work begins
•Review quantity calculations for rail fence and any associated construction materials; overage /waste should be less than 10% of calculated quantities
•Select, specify and order rail fencing; verify that model number, grade, finish, size, options and quantity are clearly identified in the order; make sure that delivery date, terms and damage provisions are included in the order
•Manage delivery of rail fencing; verify that delivered model number, grade, finish, size, options and quantity match the order precisely; thoroughly inspect all items for damage and proper operation; make or authorize final payment only after complete order is delivered
•Confirm date (and time) for project start with subcontractor — one week and two days prior to project start
•Obtain a permit for Rail Fence Installation from local building authority; post permit on the jobsite as required
•Prepare area for safe, efficient work; move items that restrict work access or are vulnerable to damage; completely cover and protect items that cannot be moved
•Arrange for existing rail fencing to be recycled after removal (optional)
•Inspect installation quality and verify proper operation; create a punch list of final tasks that must be completed prior to final payment
•Remove debris, dirt and dust from all work areas; unless otherwise agreed, all demolition debris and construction waste will be removed from the site within 24 hours
•Inspect Rail Fence Installation and verify that all quality requirements and punch list items are completed correctly


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