How To Install A Wood Fence

Posted on: 17 December 2014

If you have decided that a wood fence would like nice around your property, you may wonder if you would be able to install it on your own. If you have some experience using tools and have some extra time on your hands, it may be a project that you would like to undertake. Installing a fence can be a fulfilling experience when you see the end product enclosing your property. Here are some instructions that you can use to help explain the installation process when placing your own wood fence.

Materials You Will Need Include:

  • Measuring tape
  • Stakes
  • Hammer
  • Twine
  • Shovel or post digger
  • Wood fence posts
  • Wood fence rails
  • Wood fence pickets
  • Gravel
  • Ready to mix concrete
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Mixing utensil
  • Level
  • Picket spacer
  • Deck screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Pre-fabricated gate
  • Paint or stain
  • Paintbrush

Preparing The Area

Use your measuring tape to measure equal increments as to where you will want to place your fence poles. At each spot, place a stake in the ground using your hammer. String the stakes together so that you will be able to see exactly where the fence is going to be placed when completed. 

Placing The Posts

At each spot where there is a stake, you will want to dig a hole that is at a depth equal to about one-third of the length of the pole. After you have made a hole, you will want to pour a few inches of gravel into the bottom of it so that the post will have something anchoring it into place.

Mix up a batch of concrete in your wheelbarrow. You will need to have someone hold each post in place as you pour concrete around the base. Make sure that they keep the post straight by using a level to check that it is plumb. 

Placing Rails And Pickets

After the posts are solidly embedded into the ground, you will be able to attach the rails to them by screwing them into place using deck screws. Place two rails horizontally attached to each post. One should be about a foot from the ground and the other about six inches to a foot from the top of each post.

You will be able to attach the pickets to the rails in the same manner. These will be parallel to the posts, attached to the rails using deck screws. You can use a spacer between pickets to keep them uniform when placing.

Completing The Fence

Make sure that you have left enough space to insert a pre-fabricated gate. This will come with the hardware you need to install it, along with instructions on how to place it within your fence. You can then paint or stain your new fence to protect it from elements.

To learn more, contact a company like Reyes Fence with any questions or concerns you have.

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