How to Create Your Own Privacy Fence

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Many people love the idea of putting a private fence around there backyard but do need really know what it takes to put up one. This article is aimed at letting you know the basics of what it takes and show you how you can easily put up one on your own. After checking with the authorities to see if you are permit is needed for your fence then you are good to go.

How do you install the fence? 

Begin by attaching a string all-round the place where you need to put up the fence – pull it taut and it should be one foot from the ground. This ensures the posts are aligned throughout the process. While there are a number of material options to be used for fencing, it is advisable to use pressure-treated wood as it is long lasting. It is rated by many manufacturers and it is believed to be having a lifespan of 40 years. They pine pickets are also attractive giving them a good sight impression. To know the amount of materials you will need, take the exact dimensions of your property to the experts.

For your fence, picking pickets has less cost as compared to the pre-assembled panels. They also allow for easy contouring especially if the ground slopes downwards. The nails you use irrespective of the kind of wood you used should last as long as the fence. In this case, you are advised to choose hot-dipped nails if it is possible.

The distance of your fence will determine the number and placement of the posts you use. A rule is to ensure they are spaced from 6’ to 8’ apart. Holes then can be dug once you have determined the post placement. Generally, it is advisable that 1/3 of the post’s length is in the ground when setting them up.

After placing the post in the hole, check whether it is aligned and then adjust it accordingly. You can also consider placing some concrete into each hole as a way of securing them.

When putting the top rail in place, know that the best height is from 58” and 66” above the ground. The lower and the middle rails should be evenly spaced right below the top rail. The length of the rail is measured by the distance between one post and the next.

How do you Plumb and Picket?

Plumbing and picketing is the next step. You should hold your level alongside and on top of each other to see whether they are plumb. When you are certain that they are perfectly conditioned, get the nail gun and add two nails to the top end then secure it with three at the bottom end. You should then repeat the process though out down the line.


Creating your own privacy fence is not an all hard task. However, it requires a lot of patience and hard work. The tools and the materials used should also be of high quality for one to acquire a good looking fence.