fences define boundaries, protect children, contain
pets and block wind, but the primary reason for
building a fence is privacy! Board fences
are made up of boards nailed to a post and rail
framework in various configurations and patterns.
Building a fence is well within the skill level
of most do-it-yourselfers, and by building it
yourself you'll save a lot of money!
Post spacing is usually 8 feet on center, therefore it's easier to estimate your fencing material
in 8' increments. Keep in mind that additional posts and rails may be necessary for ends, corners
Please check your local codes before purchasing fencing from Sutherlands!
Material required per 8' Section (typical)
Slats: (3.5" wide)
Slats: (5.5" wide)
or Post Mix:
Galvanized nails (For slats):
- 112 (1.24 lbs.)
1x6's - 72 (.8 lbs.)
Galv Nails (for rails):
Exterior Screws (for slats):
1x6's - 72
Exterior Screws (for rails):
Other Important Things to Consider
- Be sure and check with your neighbors before building your fence. They might be willing to help pay for it, or have something else in mind!
- ALWAYS verify property lines before you install a fence. If your fence is accidentally or purposely built outside of your property line, the usual solution is for you to remove the fence and re-build it in the correct location!
- ALWAYS have underground utilities marked before you dig. This is usually a free service provided by the utilities, AND IT'S THE LAW.
- CHECK YOUR LOCAL CODES! Many municipal codes affect how high your fence can be (usually 6'), and where you can put it.
- POSTS ARE IMPORTANT! Not only do straight posts give you a straight fence, they support it against wind and weather.
Spend extra time making sure everything is correct before you cement your posts into the ground. Always buy the best material possible, and set them in pea gravel to allow drainage away from the post underground.
- PLAN AHEAD FOR SLOPES AND GRADE. Decide if you want to install your fencing using the step method, or parallel method as shown below.