How to Install a Premade Fence

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A fence offers several benefits, including privacy from neighbors and protection from pests like roaming dogs and other animals. Installing a fence is a do-it-yourself project as well. Using premade fence sections, an average homeowner will find the task a moderate challenge. Woodworking and handyman skills improve your chances for success. Overall, the project takes a weekend or more to complete.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood stakes, 12 inches
  • Tape measure
  • String
  • Post-hole digger
  • Fence posts
  • Carpenter's level
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Concrete
  • Premade fence sections
  • Power drill or electric screwdriver
  • Wood screws, 3-inch
  • Decide where the fence will go. Install one wood stake at each end of the installation 4 inches away from the exact location of the fence. Attach a string to each stake. This string marks where the fence sections will be installed. Now measure the length of the fence sections. Insert one wood stake this distance apart along the string to mark the location of each fence post.

  • Dig your fence post holes beside the wood stakes with a post-hole digger. Dig the holes 18 inches deep for fences 4 feet high and 2 feet deep for fences 6 feet tall.

  • Pour a layer of gravel into each hole and set the fence posts into the gravel. Fill the holes partially with dirt to stabilize the fence posts as you level them with a carpenter's level. Make sure the posts are straight and level on all sides and adjust the orientation of the post by pushing it forward, backward or left or right as necessary.

  • Mix concrete and water in a wheelbarrow and pour the concrete into the hole around the fence post. Tamp down the concrete to remove air bubbles and level the post again with the carpenter's level. Allow the concrete to dry and cure for 24 hours.

  • Insert the premade fence sections between the fence posts after the concrete has had time to cure properly. Attach the fence sections to the posts using fence brackets and 3-inch wood screws. Drive each screw through the fence brackets with an electric screwdriver and into the post, securing the fence in place. Install a section between each fence post to complete the installation.

Tips & Warnings

  • To install a gate in your fence, simply measure the width of the gate, install two fence posts to accommodate the gate and install the gate hinges to one of the fence posts. Premade gates are sold with premade fences.

References

  • Photo Credit Fence image by Grigorii Potapen from Fotolia.com
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