How to Install a Garden Fence?

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In this article you will learn how to build a strong reliable fence, with minimal cost and installation time. You will learn the tools required, the materials required, and the process required, to build your very own fence.

Fence installation, by yourself, can be an intimidating task. The other alternative is to hire a contractor to do the installation for you; but that is expensive. Also, you have no guarantee that the contractor will do a good job. It doesn't have to be that way! Read this article carefully, and, you will be able to install garden fencing yourself; like a pro!


First, you will need to collect the necessary tools and materials. You can either use nails or screws to hold your fence together. Nails will be less sturdy than screws; but they are cheaper. Regardless of which you choose, they must be galvanized so that they do not rust. If you use nails, you will need a good hammer. The type with a claw on the back is best. If you use screws, a good hand drill is required. It can be corded or cordless, but cordless is more versatile. For any tool you buy, pick a name brand, company; you don't want it to break half way through the job. Now you must pick which material you want to build your fence out of. Wood is, of course, the most common building material. If you decide to use wood, use pressure-treated lumber. This will prevent your fence from rotting. Wood is an excellent material to design custom wood fencing. Wooden fences can last up to 20 years if maintained properly. An alternative to wood is plastic or composite lumber. This is a plastic or composite material compressed and formed to look like wood. It will last practically forever.

Get your wood or composite/plastic lumber in 4x4s and 2x4s. You will need two 2x4s for every two 4x4s, at the least. The other building material you will need is concrete, to use as a foundation for the fence posts. To dig this foundation you will need a shovel or post hole digger.


Now you will begin the construction of your fence. Dig a post hole every number of feet that your 2x4s are long. So, for every set of 2x4s, you will have two post holes, spaced apart the length of your 2x4s. Dig your holes about two to four feet deep. Once you have dug a hole, insert a 4x4 and have someone hold it steady (or brace it with sticks) while you pour concrete into the hole. This will anchor the fence post and make it strong. Leave it over-night to set. Once your fence posts are installed, you can begin work on the fence itself. With a partner holding the 2x4 firmly against the set of fence posts, nail or screw it tightly to the 4x4s. Do this for the top and bottom of the 4x4s. You can leave the middle empty, or, for more security, you can fill in the middle with more 2x4s, evenly spaced apart. Your fence should be starting to look like a fence now. You can either end now, or add a few finishing touches. These include: capping the 4x4s with metal or plastic caps, painting or sealing the entire fence, and filling in nail and screw holes with putty. Capping the 4x4 posts will prevent them for splitting lengthwise. Painting or sealing the entire fence will increase its life in wet climates. Filling in the nail and screw holes with putty will increase their resistance to rust.

You are now the proud owner of a sturdy fence, and you did it yourself! And you saved a bundle by not hiring a contractor. Congratulations!

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