How to Install a Wooden Fence

By: Messi Misquito

Installing a fence around your property provides protection from external threats like hooligans or wild animals and affords more privacy to your house and its inhabitants. Not only that, a fence considerably increases the value of your property which helps if you ever decide to sell it. It can be made of a number of materials including concrete, metal, plastic, wood, etc.

Of all the materials used for the construction of a fence, the most popular is wood. Wooden fences are considered more aesthetically appealing than all other materials and enhance the beauty of the landscape. Though labor intensive, installing a wooden fence is an easy task and can be done by following a few basic steps.

Place a small marker flag at the point where the fence will start, and another where it ends. Stretch a string between these two points. Pull it taunt and ensure that there are no curves on the line. Use a tape measure; mark the positions for the posts. This information will be provided by the fence manufacturer. For example, if the posts are six feet on center, place a marker every six feet.

At every marked location, dig a hole as deep as you can. Make sure that the diameter of the hole is four to six inches wider than the post you are placing in the hole. Use the rock bar to loosen the dirt and the digger to remove it. Repeat until you reach the appropriate depth which is usually between 24 and 36 inches, depending on the manufacturer.

Place all the posts in the hole, and keep it in place using a mixture of fine gravel and sand. If you are using concrete, mix it in a wheel barrow using a hoe, and level it as you keep adding. Allow the concrete to cure fully, which usually means leaving it overnight. In this case, place the post after the concrete has been cured. Otherwise, the moisture from the mix could seep into the wood and induce early rot even if it has been cured.

As per the appropriate centerline measurements provided by the manufacturer, nail the 2-by-4's of the fence frame. Use 16p galvanized nails for this purpose. Generally, the measurement will be every 24 inches from the ground level to the top. This fence frame will act as a foundation for the fence picket boards.

To each end of the fence section, attach a picket board. Stretch the string line from each and every picket board. The line created will be each fence picket board's top level line. Nail the board into place by raising the top of the picket string line. Using a hand level, check whether each board is in a straight line before nailing it into place. Doing this will create a steady line of sight for both the top of the fence and each of the separate boards.

While installing the fence, remember to wear any necessary protective gear and to use only treated wood, which will be rot resistant.

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