- Map out the area. Mark on the map where the fence will be. Avoid crossing large downhill areas.
- Clean up the area, making sure are no briers or bushes are in the way. Mow or chop down grass.
- Put garden stakes around the property. Run string or twine along the stakes to be sure they are straight. This will be the guide for the fence.
- Measure along the stakes. Use spray paint to mark every 8 feet. This is where the posts will be.
- Dig holes about 3 feet deep where the spray paint is. Put gravel or sand in the bottom of the holes. This helps with drainage. Starting at a corner, place a post in the hole. Pour concrete around the post. Nail bracing boards to the posts to keep them straight. Continue placing posts, giving them 24 hours to dry.
- Run string evenly to each post. Cut off tops of posts evenly. Mark lines on the posts for the stringers.
- Starting at the bottom, nail the stringers to the posts. Be sure they are level and equal distance apart.
- Nail the pickets to the stringers. The pickets must be equal distance apart. Nail the pickets in the space on the opposite side.
- Remove string and cut off the remaining stringers. Pick up any excess wood and nails.
Things You Will Need
- Auger or post-hole digger
- Gravel or sand
- Garden stakes
- Twine or string
- Quick-drying concrete
- 4-by-4-inch wooden fence posts
- 2-by-4-inch wooden boards (for stringers and bracing boards)
- Wooden fence pickets
- Nail gun
- Power saw
- Measuring tape
- Mower or weed eater
- Spray paint
- An assistant helps with fence installation.
- Use a high-quality outdoor stain for a longer-lasting fence.