How to Install Wood Fences

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To install wood fences, locate where each main post will be, dig holes three times the post diameters, secure each post in poured concrete and locate where the gates of the fence will be. Use extra runners to reinforce a wood fence gate with advice from a licensed remodeling contractor in this free video on home maintenance.

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Hi. I'm Ted Gipson and I'm going to talk to you about how to install an wood fence. Now first thing we've got to do is we've got to locate our posts. Now the posts are the main part which attaches your fence into the ground. And you want to make sure that these posts are in and good and secure in order to insure that your fence is good and secure. So we've got a small section in here. We've got two posts so what we're going to do is we're going to determine how wide apart we want our posts. Now if we're doing a full run typically what you'll do is you'll put your fencing panels either in a six foot or an 8 foot length. So we'll want to place our posts on 8 foot centers. So what we'll do is we will lay out holes on those eight foot centers. What you can do is mark those positions with some florescent spray paint that makes special marker paint for marking the ground. Then you can dig your holes. And what you want to do if you're using four by fours posts, you want to dig your holes about three times wider so you want it about a twelve inch hole in diameter to sink a four by four post. So you want to sink those and then what we'll do is first thing you do is you secure your post. Now when this was built we had a couple of batting boards on here and you get your posts level. You get them centered up and you make sure that your dimensions are from the center of the post to the center of the post. That you've got them to the dimensions you want and then you can pour concrete in around the post. Now once your posts are set in the concrete and they're secured then you've got to run a, you've got to tie in two runners. So you've got a top runner and a bottom runner and this is what your fence will tie to. So the next thing is to locate your gates where you're going to have these. And what you want to do is you're want to build this gate frame and then you want to make it look like a Z. To form this then opposite of that is z and the top hinge point you want to put a any sway brace like this and what this has is a turn buckle on it so it allows you to tighten this up and it will hold that gate up in place so that it'll stay up and swing properly. So as it begins to sag so you see we're hitting the ground a little bit what we can do is we can lift up, we can put more tension on the turn buckle and then you can keep your fences swinging freely. So I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to install a wood fence.

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