So you’re pressed for money but you still need to build your fence? No problem! We’re here to teach you how to do it yourself, it isn’t as hard as some people may thing. And after all, you know the old saying “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself?” – boy is that true!
There are more than one type of fence you can create, so we’ll look to go through the basic steps that one needs to follow to build the right fence for their needs. Obviously, before starting out you should have an idea in your head about the look and design of the fence. For the purposes of this article, we’ll go with a classic wooden fence as that is usually the most popular option, and the one you’ll be most able to build on your own.
The First Step: Do The Correct Measurements
We’re gonna do this professionally. You need to perfectly measure the area your fence will cover so you can first and foremost determine exactly how much material you’ll need. Don’t go by the eye test, as this can and will end up costing you money. Knowing the exact area will allow you to know exactly how much wood you’ll need, how big of a gate etc.
The Second Step: Get Your Hands On The Right Materials
Now that you know your measurements and the exact space you’ll be building your fence on, you can determine how many posts and what amount of fencing you need. The basic materials you should be looking for are cement, 1 or 2 shovels (if you have help), post digger, nail gun, a sting line, a level and two saws – a circular one and a chop saw. Once you gather all of these (you should have some of them available to you already) we can get to the building part.
The Third Step: Installing The Fence Posts
Every hole should be dug 18 inches deep, and for this you’ll use your post digger. Each post should have a 6 feet distance from other posts for the entire area you are covering. Once you have your posts in the ground, it’s time to mix cement and pour it in, to secure the posts. Always make sure they are level with the ground, and allow it to dry out for 24 hours. After that time has passed you can move on with the installation.
The Fourth Step: Installing Fence Rails
You will need 2 rails that should be attached at the top and bottom of the posts, no more than 4 feet away from one another. The fencing planks will come onto these, so it is important that the distances are perfectly balanced.
The Fifth Step: Installing Wooden Planks
Next up it’s time to place all the wooden planks onto the fence rails. You need to do this plank by plank until you are done with your fence. If the planks are of good quality, they should go perfectly one next to each other, without leaving any space in between. It’s important when buying your fence planks to make sure they are of good quality. Of course, you could intentionally leave small equal spaces in between each plank if that’s the design and look you are going for.
The Final Step: Install Your Gate
If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can build your own wooden gate, or if that’s too much for you to handle, you can always go for a prefabricated one, as they come in all shapes and sizes. You’ll have to attach this to the fence post by the use of a hinge. The gate closure needs to be attached to the other fence post, and voila, you’re done!
This might seem a bit intimidating at first, but there are so many people who build their own fences using these simple rules, I am sure you can too!