How to Install Palisade Fencing

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Palisade fencing has a very simple structure, consisting of little more than a handful of posts, horizontal rails and numerous wooden or metal slats known as pales. Wooden palisade fencing resembles a traditional picket fence. Steel palisade fencing, often tipped with spiked elements, gives your home a Victorian look while providing additional security. Installing palisade fencing requires minimal tools and relatively simple tasks, though you must allow enough time for concrete to set between steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Installation manual
  • Shovel or post-hole digger
  • Concrete mix
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Bucket
  • Gravel
  • Posts
  • Horizontal rails
  • Palisade pales
  • Drill
  • Bolts
  • Support foot

Setting Posts

  • Remove your fence posts from their packaging.

  • Use your tape measure to determine the exact locations of your posts, based on the length of horizontal rail you intend to place between them.

  • Lay each post down at the location where you intend to install it.

  • Use your shovel or post-hole digger to dig a hole for the fence post. Base the size and depth of the hole on the installation manual provided by the fencing manufacturer.

  • Mix your concrete in your wheel barrow. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the ideal ratio of concrete mix to water.

  • Place a layer of gravel 2 to 4 inches thick at the bottom of each hole. Gravel helps the area around the concrete drain, and provides a base for it. Use your fence post or a 2-by-4 to pack the gravel into a dense, flat layer.

  • Place the fence posts in their holes. Use a bucket to transfer concrete mixture from the wheelbarrow to the post sites. Pour concrete into the holes around the posts until it reaches ground level.

  • Stake the posts with wooden stakes and wire or rope if necessary to prevent them from listing while the concrete dries. Allow the concrete to dry for at least a day before installing the rest of the fence.

Installation

  • Bring all of the fence materials and tools to the fence site. Remove all packaging from the materials.

  • Place two horizontal railings between each set of posts. Lay out the appropriate number of pales you need for each fence section, along with the rails, between posts. The installation manual should contain information on the correct number of pales.

  • Affix the horizontal rails to the fence posts using a drill and the recommended bolts. Follow manufacturer's instructions for exact placement. Use your tape measure to determine distances.

  • Determine the necessary distance between the fence posts and the first pale using your tape measure and the manufacturer's installation instructions. If the horizontal rails contain bolt holes, use these as your guide for lining up pales.

  • Place the first pale pale vertically against the two horizontal rails so that the bolt holes in the pale line up with the rails.

  • Use the drill to drive bolts through the pale into both the upper and lower horizontal rail.

  • Determine the distance between your first pale and the second pale using the tape measure and installation instructions. Install the second pale as you did the first, and repeat this process until you install all pales.

  • Place a support footer underneath the middle pale in each section of palisade fencing. Affix it to the lower horizontal rail or middle pale using the drill. A support footer is a piece of metal or other material that drives into the ground and attaches to the fence to help support its weight and buffer the fence's weak middle against impact.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always read your installation manual carefully before attempting to install the fence. While all palisade fencing installations follow the same basic pattern, each manufacturer provides information unique to its product, such as the correct type of bolts to use and proper spacing for fence parts.
  • Take care when handling pales, as they may contain spiked elements for security. Wear work gloves if you feel you need extra protection.
  • Always check local building code laws to make sure you have all appropriate permits and permissions before installing the fence.

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