Fence Building Basics Guide

One great attribute to a home is a fenced in yard; however, hiring people to build fencing can be very expensive. So here are the fundamentals that you need to know to build a fence on your own.

First The Design

Designing your fence doesn't have to be complicated; you only have to know what type of fence you want to have.

Decide whether you need to go with a traditional picket fence or a privacy fence.

Plot out the location of the gate, where the first post will be, how far apart the posts are from each other and how high the fence is going to be.

Setting The Posts

After that, mark a line to guide you where the posts will stand; this can be simple.

Decide where your end posts will be and start from there. Make certain that your fencing line is straight or else the fence will be crooked, and it won't be sturdy as it should be.

Your post should be made from treated wood. If the wood was bought untreated, you must take the time to treat it.

Make sure the posts sit with the treatment solution for an entire day to be sure they are well saturated before you put them in the ground.

You will want your post to be firmly anchored in the ground ; for this to happen, dig holes deep enough for your fencing to bury at least one-third of the post.

A manual post hole digger can be used for this or a mechanical one can be rented. If you're working on a large yard to be fenced, mechanical one would save you more time.

Once the holes have been dug out, drop a shovelful or two of gravel into the hole so your post can rest on a solid bed.

Placing The Posts

When the holes are made, it's time to put in the fence posts.

Make sure that the posts are secured with a brace so that they are perfectly upright while you pack dirt or concrete around them.

If they are slanted, it will ruin the line of the fencing and it could promote wood rotting.

Let the dirt or concrete settle for quite some time before you take down the braces.

Add The Rails

If the posts are now firmly in place, you can start adding the fencing rails.

A lot of people build their fence by sections and attach each section to the posts.

This has an advantage since a more stable surface can be constructed and perfectly straight, and even rails can be ensured.

A Final Fencing Review

There, you're done! You've added some great fencing that should last a good long time - enjoy!