How to Build a Ranch Style Fence

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Ranch-style fences can add a rustic look and curb appeal. This is a great alternative to the traditional picket fence. Depending on the size of the area, you can finish this project in one weekend.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 x 4 inch posts for wooden fence posts
  • 3 1/2 inch square for intermediate posts
  • Wooden planks
  • Shovel
  • Concrete
  • Screw or nail
  • Hammer
  • Screw driver
  • Spirit-level
  • Post caps

Dig

  • Dig holes where you will erect your posts. Make sure to dig deep enough so that the posts can go down 18 inches.

  • Erect the 5 x 6 inches posts, setting them at 6 1/2 feet intervals.

  • Erect the intermediate posts (3 1/2 inch square) for added strength.

  • Pour concrete into the holes where the base of the posts are erected. This will strengthen and stabilize the posts.

  • Screw or nail the planks into position. Place them in three rows in each section. Use galvanized screws or nails to ensure that they are rust proof.

  • Use a spirit-level to make sure that the planks are horizontal.

  • Connect or butt-join the planks at the center of a post. Try to stagger each plank on each row to make sure they are more stable.

  • Fit a post cap on each post to give a finished over-all appearance. This can also help protect the posts.

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