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Fence Building 101

Fence Building 101

Is the traditional wooden fence in your yard in need of replacement? Building a new fence might not be as hard as you think. As long as you have the time and ability to transport the lumber and equipment home from the hardware store, you could be well on your way to getting that new fence up this weekend! We’re here to offer you an introductory guide to fence building and hopefully this article can at least give you some insight into whether or not to build that new fence, or call a professional.


Tools and Materials requiredfenceclipart

  1. Post hole digger
  2. Quikrete
  3. Lot’s of string
  4. Good power drill
  5. Plenty of screws
  6. Circular Saw
  7. Lumber
  8. Carpenter’s level
  9. Measuring tape
  10. Wooden stakes


You’re also gonna need to have a nice area to cut your lumber like a set of saw horses. Also, a set of gloves and an extra pair of hands is strongly recommended!

          The Process

  • First plot the line of the fence to avoid major obstacles, and make sure you are not going to dig post holes into any underground utilities. If unsure, call your city or country for the location of underground utilities before digging. Make sure to plot post holes and space them no more than 8 ft apart.
  • Mark each digging location with a wooden stake and run your string from stake to to stake ensure that they are all in line with each other before digging.
  • Dig your post holes at the predetermined spots with a post hole digger, ensuring they are deep enough and wide enough. Most fences posts are 4″x4″, so ensure your hole is wide enough to accommodate this post and an adequate amount of concrete.
  • Insert the posts into the holes, check the alignment once more with the string, than pour your mixed Quikrete around the posts to ground level. Use your level as you set them to ensure a perfect 90 degrees.
  • Now that all of your posts are in the ground and aligned with each other, measure and cut your lumber while the concrete dries. There are many different ways to create the barrier portion of the fence, so at this point consider if you want to completely cover the fence, or if this is a shorter barrier fence that only has a few cross boards. Check out this guide from Quikrete for the different types of fences and how to put them together.


Of course this is an abbreviated list, but coupled with the guide linked above and your own research, building a wooden fence is something you can do. There are many other things we didn’t list, like handles and hinges for a gate, but this is a great place to start. Your fencing needs could be a weekend DIY project away if you feel up to the challenge. That being said, if you really don’t feel up to building your own fence, use Prosaver to help find a Fence Professional in your area!


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