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!
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
your local codes before purchasing fencing from
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):
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Other Important Things to Consider
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!
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!
have underground utilities marked before you dig.
This is usually a free service provided by the
utilities, AND IT'S THE LAW.
YOUR LOCAL CODES!
Many municipal codes affect how high your fence
can be (usually 6'), and where you can put it.
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.
AHEAD FOR SLOPES AND GRADE.
Decide if you want to install your fencing using
the step method, or parallel method as shown below.
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