How to Properly Install a Wood Fence Corner


Installing wood fencing typically requires installing fence posts to attach the pieces of board that will be used for the fencing. One thing to keep in mind is the type of fence you want to install. This means planning whether it will be a straight fence or will be used to enclose an area. Fences that will be enclosing an area will need to have the corners properly installed.

Things You'll Need

  • Post hole digger
  • String
  • Stakes
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Use a tape measure to determine the length of the fence that will be needed.

  • Place stakes in the ground where the fence will be located. Run a string along the stakes to make sure your fence line is straight.

  • Dig holes for the fence posts using a post hole digger. Dig the post holes for each corner of the fence first. Tie a string between each corner post to make sure the remaining posts will be straight along the fence line.

  • Brace the posts using small pieces of 2-by-4 that are nailed diagonally to the fence post and then to stakes in the ground.

  • Fill in the holes with concrete mix and let it set before attaching the fence paneling.

  • Use pre-assembled fence paneling or secure pieces of 2-by-4 to each fence post with framing nails to act as support rails.

  • Start at the corner post and move along the fence line when installing the fence panels or pre-assembled paneling. Nail the fence paneling to the support posts or nail individual pieces of paneling to the support rails.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use galvanized nails to attach the fence panels or pre-assembled paneling. The ends of each fence panel should align in the middle of each fence post. Refer to the instructions for the concrete mix when filling in the post holes.
  • If the corner fence post is not set straight, the fence will not look even when attaching the fence panels.

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