Installing a Wooden Fence

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Installing a wooden fence requires first laying out the perimeter of the fence, mapping out the post spacing, digging holes for each post to rest below the frost line and leveling the posts vertically before hammering them into the ground. Build an upper and lower runner across the main fence posts with advice from a licensed remodeling contractor in this free video on home maintenance.

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Hi I'm Tim Gipson and I want to talk to you about how to install a wood fence. The first thing we need to do when we are installing the wood fence is we need to lay out the perimeter of the fence and take our measurements to determine how long each run is and then we need to set up and we need to determine the spacing on our posts. Now typically your spacing on your post would be anywhere from five feet up to eight feet and what you want to do is you want to choose an equal spacing that works well with your layout. So in order words if you have got a 24 foot length on one side you can use 8 foot lengths and you would have three sections of of fencing going down through there. If you had 30 across the back you may want to use 6 foot posts for your spacing there so you can keep them even just so you know where your posts are. Now when we set our posts what we want to do is we want to dig those. We want to locate those and you will take a large tape measure and you want to lay it out there and you want to locate your holes and what is really good is a can of florescent spray paint. They even make some special spray paints that are marker paint for marking where your holes go. So you mark all those. If you are using a 4 X 4 post then you want to dig a hole that is 12 inches in diameter and then you want to dig those holes deep enough where it is below the frost line. So you will need to check and see what the frost line typically is for your areas but that hole is going to be anywhere from 16 inches to 24 inches deep depending on your local conditions. When we install our posts we want to make sure that they are plumb. This gadget that actually is a level on both sides allows you to plumb both sides of your post, it just rubber bands on to it so it makes it easy for installing your posts. The next thing we do is we have got to install the runners for the fencing to attach to. You have an upper runner and you have a lower runner so those would be nailed using spiral nails or you can use deck screws attaching those to the posts and then once we get all those set and we want to make sure all those are level, they follow the contour of the land and then we would come back and put our slats on. So in this case we have got a privacy fence so we have got our boards and when these are set you want to set them with just a little bit of spacing to allow for expansion and contraction between the boards, usually an eight penny nail works fine for your spacing on these and then these can either be nailed or screwed to your runners. So I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to install a wood fence.


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