Whether you have pets that must be contained or simply want to add privacy or beauty to the yard, a wooden panel privacy fence does the job. Installing the fence yourself saves a substantial amount of money. Total expenditure ranges from $500 to $1,000 or more, depending on amount of fencing needed. This project should take about two days from start to finish.
You will need:
• 4x4x8-inch pressure treated posts
• 5/4-inch pressure treated deck boards
• Premixed, fast-drying cement
• 2-inch galvanized screws
• Circular saw
• Pneumatic nail block (optional)
• Nails (optional)
• Spacer block
• Post hole digger
• Hand-held router (optional)
• Plumb bob
• Framing square
• Spray paint
• Tape measure
Step 1: Determine your property line and required setback. Use the stakes and string to mark the fence location. Designate where corner posts will go using spray paint. Mark spots for additional line posts, maintaining an evenly spaced distance between posts that is under 8 feet.
Step 2: Use the post hole digger to cut each hole to a depth of about 24 inches and a diameter of 10 inches or more.
Step 3: Add several inches of gravel in the bottom of each hole to provide drainage. Insert a post into each hole. Check for plumb and level.
Step 4: Mix the cement and pour some into each hole. Allow 48 hours for the cement to cure.
Step 5: Measure distance between two posts and cut the 5/4-inch deck boards to the same length, using the saw. These will form the rails. Place the top rail 20 inches from the top of the post. The bottom rail should be placed 20 inches from the ground. Attach the rails to the fence posts with the drill and deck screws.
Step 6: Determine how many pickets are needed. Cut the 5/4-inch deck boards into 6-foot lengths with the saw. If desired, add a decorative edge or cut to the top of each picket, such as a dog-eared or 90-degree cut. Use the router to round off edges, if preferred.
Step 7: Center each picket on the bottom and top railings. Use the drill and screws or pneumatic nail gun and nails to attach the picket to the railings. Continue in this manner, evenly spacing the pickets between the posts. The spacer block can be used to ensure a consistent sized gap between one picket and the next.