Fence Installation Tips: Building A Picket Fence

fence installEvery house construction expert knows that you do not just jump into a fence installation project without considering some important factors. Included in these factors is choosing the right type of fence to use for any property. Some fences are best used for large pieces of property such as farms and barns, while some fences are best used to enhance a property’s landscape.

A picket fence is a great addition to any yard – it can add beauty to your house’s whole “look”. A lot of house designs incorporate this type fence install due to its ability to add a little charm and contemporary feel to any home. Not to mention, picket fences are fairly cheap and can be built easily even without hiring construction guys to do it.

The following steps will help you do a picket fence installation:

STEP 1: THE PLAN

Come up with a layout for your fence. The layout should indicate the correct length and width of your fence line and should not be crossing your neighbor’s yard. To make sure you are building a fence within your property’s boundaries, you may have to contact a local land registry office.

STEP 2: THE POST HOLES

After making sure you’re within your property’s boundaries, you can start digging holes for the corner posts of your fence. The holes should be at least 32 inches deep. The diameter should be about 10 inches. Make sure that the holes are just enough for the posts to have a strong hold within the ground.

STEP 3: PUTTING THE POSTS INTO THE HOLE

Put the posts into the hole and then add about 8 inches of soil into the hole. The bottom part of the pickets should be 2 to 5 inches above the soil. Checking that the soil is plumb, add more soil gradually until the hole is filled. Of course, don’t forget to tamp around the posts as well.

STEP 4: SETTING UP THE PANEL

If your posts have mortises, you simply have to slide the panel rails into them. Adjust them slowly and carefully to level the top rail. On the other hand, if your picket fence posts do not have mortises, you can prop the panel using a wedge of wood in order to level the top rail. After that you can immediately nail in or screw the panel to the posts. Don’t forget that the bottom of the pickets should be at least 2 inches from the ground.

Repeat these steps until the fence installation process is done. Soon enough, if you’ve done thigns right, you will be seeing a great-looking picket fence surrounding your house. Don’t forget to take pictures of your achievement! After all, doing a fence installation by yourself is something to be proud of.

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