Saturate the bottom third of your posts with wood preserver and let sit overnight.
Figure out where the fence should be located. Mark off the area with stakes starting at the corners and then spacing them 6 to 8 feet apart.
Dig the fence post holes with the post hole digger deep enough that one-third of the post will be underground. Put two to three shovels of gravel at the bottom of the hole. Insert the post and then pack with concrete or dirt. Use a level to ensure the post is straight and then brace the post to keep it in place. Pile a small mound of dirt around the base of the post to prevent puddling. Let these set for 4 to 5 days.
Install the bottom rail, if desired. Verify it’s straight and level. Cut two 1-by-2 inch supports and attach one to the back edge of the post.
Cut your fence board to a length 2 inches longer than the distance between your posts. Attach one end of your fence board to the support. Repeat until the fence is the height you want.
Cut two 2-by-2 inch spacer boards to use for weaving between your fence boards. Weave the spacers between the boards and ensure they are straight. Attach the free end of the fence boards to the support.
Attach the second support board to the posts such that the fence boards are sandwiched between the two support boards.
Install the top rail if desired.
Things You Will Need
- Hammer or screwdriver
- Nails or screws
- Boards and posts
- Power saw
- Post hole digger
- Wood preserver
- Make sure you know where your property line is before you start installing a new fence.
- Call your local government to make sure there are not any required permits and to learn the local codes if there are any.
- If the tops of the posts are slanted, rounded, or capped, then water won’t collect and they will last longer.
- The post will be more secure if you make the post hole wider at the bottom than at the top.
- The bottom rail should be at least 2 inches off the ground to help prevent moisture issues and makes trimming the grass easier.
- Use a high quality board. Knots in the boards tend to weaken them to the point of breaking when you are weaving in the spacers.