Fence building is a popular project for homeowners and wood fences are the most common do-it-yourself fencing project. Other fences, especially ornamental and chain link fences, are much more difficult and nearly always require a professional contractor. It is essential to make certain of local fencing rules and regulations prior to installation.
Three Components of Installation
There are three main components to a wood fence and, subsequently, three main steps to installing a fence: the posts, rails, and fence boards. Posts are vital because they are carrying all the weight of the fence itself. Posts should be at least one-third buried beneath the ground in concrete or tamped-down soil. When installing a line of fencing, always set the two corner posts first, taking pains to make sure that they are plumb in all directions, and then run a string-line between the two in order to ensure that all post between are in a straight line. Posts should be set evenly at 6’-8’ apart.
Rails can attach to posts in a few different ways:
They may simply be toe-nailed or screwed
After the rails are installed the fence boards are secured to the rails and the fence is completed. Fence boards may be attached via galvanized nails or screws. Board style and length will vary depending on the design characteristics of the fence.
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