Building A Wooden Fence
Building A Wooden Fence
- You will need to check with city hall to see what the city bylaws pertaining to a wooden fence may be.
- You may require a building permit.
- You will want to find your property corner survey pegs as to locate your fence on your property and not someone eases property.
- Before you dig check out all your service locations on your property as to not drill into one when digging post holes.
- Check on the different types of wooden fence to determine what best suits your needs.
Once these steps are completed, you are ready to start your woodworking project.
Tools And Material
It is now time to go to the lumber yard for tools and material.
Things you will require:-
- stakes – string line – shovel and post hole auger – fence posts – gravel – sprint level and concrete – posts – cross rails
- fence boards – paint or stain – galvanised nails – pencil – hammer and air nailer.
Installing The Posts
Having already located your corner pins, you can drive a stack in each corner and stretch a string line from one to the other. Measure the total length and mark the location for the post fallowing your string line.
The higher the fence the closer the posts should be for strength against wind forces.
A good rule of thumb is 8′-10′ between the posts. This measurement is taken to the closest measurement as to make the post distance all the same.
You can now begin to dig your post holes. The depth is generally about 30″ and about 8″-10″ hole.
Starting with the corner posts place a little gravel in the bottom of the hole for drainage. Place the post in the hole and proceed to plumb it in and brace well.
Once the corner posts are located, run a string line close to the top of the posts and install the inline posts.
Having plumbed and braced the center posts, you can now begin to cement the posts in.
Placing some water in the hole and then filling the hole with the dry cement leaving it about 3″ down from ground level to later back fill
Leave the cement set over night and then remove the braces. Install string line to proper hight for posts and cut posts off at the top.
These are usually 2×4 nailed to the one side of the posts. The top one is located even with the top of the posts, one about haft way up and one on the bottom. You can now begin installing the fence boards.( I recommend that you pre-stain the boards before installing along with the posts and cross pieces)
Placing The Cross Braces And Boards
The first board must be carefully plumbed in and then the fallowing boards installed even with the top cross piece. Carry on until completed. You can then run a top cap on the flat the total length of the fence.
Building The Gate And Install
This is done by making a 2×4 frame with cross bracing to support the gate. The boards are now installed, the gate hinges applied and attach the gate to the gate post.