Techniques for Building a Wooden Fence

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Building a wooden fence begins with mapping out the perimeter, marking where each post will go, leveling the vertical posts in the ground and screwing or nailing in an upper and lower runner before attaching the fence boards. Build a fence up to 6 feet tall using two runners with advice from a licensed remodeling contractor in this free video on home maintenance.

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Hi, I'm Tim Gipson. I'm going to talk to you about techniques on how to build a wood fence. Now, starting out basically with your post, we've got to locate all our posts, and what I like to do, is locate the perimeter of the fence, get that all laid out, and then I like to use fluorescent marker paint, to mark where the posts are going to go, and that allows us to come back, and auger a hole. Now, you don't have to be as precise when you're laying out your holes, because you're going to make a hole that is twelve inches. If you have a 4 x 4 post, you're going to make a hole that is at least twelve inches in diameter. If you're using a 6 x 6, then you may want to use an eighteen inch in diameter hole, but that allows you to move your post around a little bit, and make adjustments, as you're actually setting your posts plum. Now, a good technique to have, is to have one of these two sided levels. These strap onto your post, and what they allow you to do, as you set in your post, it has a bubble on this side of the post, and a bubble on this side of the post, so you can take your batter boards here, and you can, at the same time, you can plum both sides of your post, to make sure that you're straight up and down, and that works a little bit better, than having to set one side, and then come around and set another side, just using a standard level. The next thing we're going to do, is we want to make sure that we have something to secure our fencing to, so regardless of the style of fencing, whether it's a privacy fence like this, or a picket fence, you're going to have your runners. You're going to have a lower runner, and an upper runner, and you can see, they're spaced, a few inches off the ground, and a few inches below the top. This allows you something that will secure to the post, and then your fencing to the runners. Now, you want to make sure that these are installed level, and that they are installed from the center of the post, with the exception of the start and beginning, which may be on the end of the post, or extend past the post. If you use two runners like this, if you have a very tall fence, two runners will be adequate, for fences up to about six foot. If you go over that six foot, you may want to add a third runner, and actually have a middle runner on that. A couple of ways that you can secure your fencing, is either using screws, or using nails. If you are in a environment where you have a lot of temperature extremes, it may be a good idea to use screws. That will allow your fence to last a little bit longer, than just nailing it together, so I'm Tim Gipson, and that's some techniques on building a fence.

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