A wood picket fence makes the home appear more quaint, stylish, and keeps children and pets safely contained on the property. This simple fence is easy to make and can be inexpensive to install on a small square footage. After just a few hours required for installation, the home will take on a new look and have added value.
You will need:
- Tamp dirt or crushed gravel
- Wooden fencing
- Mechanical drill
- Fence connectors
- Post hole digger
- Tape measure
Step 1: Check the local zoning laws to make sure that building and zoning codes permit installation of a fence on the property. Complete any paperwork required to obtain a permit and adhere to all ordinances during installation.
Step 2: Draw a scaled design of the yard, indicating where the fence will be installed. Go outside and use the tape measure to capture the dimensions of the fenced area so you know how much fencing you will need. Consider the home and landscaping when thinking about the type of picket fence to purchase. Architectural designs of this fencing include traditional styles as well as more ornate types that have curves and decorative patterns.
Step 3: Purchase materials from a hardware or home improvement store. To save money, the post hole digger can be rented. If unfamiliar with operation of this device, ask someone at the store how to use it.
Step 4: If the wood is not pre-treated, do so because it will make the fence durable and keep it looking like new for years. Once the pre-treating process is completed, lay the fence boards together and use the chalk to mark a spot in the top, middle, and lower sections of each board. Measure with the tape measure to make sure the marks are made in the same location for each board.
Step 5: Use the mechanical drill to create holes where the chalk marks are on each board. Connect the boards using the fence connectors. To make everything sturdier, use nails to secure them.
Step 6: Create 1 to 2 foot deep holes where the fence posts will be placed, using the post hole digger. Use the shovel to remove excess dirt and free the holes of clogs.
Step 7: With the mallet, pound the fence into the ground. Make sure the fence is as secure as possible.
Step 8: Cover the sides, front, and back of the fence with gravel or tamp dirt.