Fencing in the yard enhances the property and keeps pets and children nearby. Hiring a professional to install a wooden picket fence can be expensive. Self-installation is simple and substantially lowers the cost. It will take only a few hours to construct and install a fence on a small lot, adding value and improving the appearance of the home.
You will need:
Step 1: Check your local construction and zoning codes to ensure that a fence is permitted on your property. If a permit is required, complete and submit the paperwork and payment required to obtain one. During installation, comply with all relevant ordinances to prevent fines and legal issues.
Step 2: Use the pencil and paper to create a scaled design of your yard, noting where you will install fencing. Measure actual dimensions of this fenced area to determine how much fencing will be needed. When considering the type of wooden picket fence to use, think about the design of your home and the surrounding landscaping. Architecturally, fencing designs range from traditional styles to ornate versions with decorative patterns and graceful curves.
Step 3: Purchase materials and rent the post hole digger to save money. Ask the store representative how to operate this piece of equipment, if you have never used it.
Step 4: Buying pre-treated wood is the best move but if you have untreated wood, pre-treat it to add durability and allow the fence to look new for many years. After completing the pre-treating process, line up the boards side by side. Mark a spot on the lower, middle, and upper sections of the boards with the chalk. Use the tape measure to make sure you place the marks in the same spots on each board.
Step 5: Create a hole at the location of each chalk mark, using the mechanical drill. Use the fence connectors to connect the boards. Secure the connections with nails to make the fence sturdier.
Step 6: With the post hole digger, make a 1 to 2-foot hole where each fence post will go. Remove excess dirt and debris with the shovel.
Step 7: Put a post into each hole and pound posts into the ground with the mallet. Pound posts down as far as possible to make the fence more secure.
Step 8: Cover the back, sides, and front of the posts with tamp dirt or gravel and pat this down with your feet and the shovel, securing the posts in the ground.