DIY: How to Build a Wood Fence

Fences have always been there to give us the privacy that we’ve always wanted to have. Whether you want to ensure that your child or pet remains inside, refrain neighbors from snooping in on your own personal business or simple to make your yard or garden more pleasing to the eyes, the fact remains that fences would always be an integral part of our daily lives. Robert Frost even said in his poem that “Good fences make good neighbors.” If so, making sure that you have the right fences in your yard is something that you have to prioritize.

There are actually quite a lot of things you should know about fences. First is that, it’s not as easy to install as what some people would like you to think. There are some mechanics and rules that you should follow before you are able to install one. Second thing to remember is that you can’t put the fences anywhere. You have to know your property lines and make sure that you correctly follow the boundaries of your property. You wouldn’t want to get sued for illegally putting your fence on other person’s property. Of course, you also have to consider the material that you’re going to use.

Wood is the most common fence material being used today. It’s light, durable and affordable, making it a popular choice for those who wants to have their own fences. It’s also abundant and people can easily find it almost anywhere. Before we start with our “how to build a wood fence”, you must first choose the type of wood that you would prefer to use. There’s cedar, fir, pine, redwood and so many others more. Ideally, you should use the heartwood of the tree rather than the sapwood. Heartwood is located deep inside the tree and consists of the oldest part of it. It’s not that much susceptible to decaying faster than sapwood is.

Now, in order to build a wood fence, you need to prepare the three main parts of the fence first. The wooden picket, rails and the posts. We have different types of wooden fences but we’re going to focus on the most popular ones-the picket fence. For the description of the parts, a picket fence usually is only 3-4 ft. in height. The pickets are evenly spaced and they usually have only two rails.

So how to build a wood fence? Well first of all, you have to plan out the length and design of your fence. After which you have know your property lines. Look for them and then mark the four corners to serve as your reference for later on. Tie a string to one of your corners and tie them to the next marker. After doing this, measure the space from one corner (typically 6-8 ft. apart) going to the direction of another corner and drive a stake to it. Once you’ve done everything, dig holes where you placed the stakes and bury your posts. Pour cement on them and let them dry. Next step is to attach the rails on the posts using nails. After that, it’s time to attach the pickets as well. The gap between each picket is up to you, but make sure that they are evenly spaced. Now all you have to do is maintain them through the years.

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