How to Install Privacy Fence
Installing a privacy fence around your house will provide you the much needed privacy, and
shelter from stray animals. You have wide variety of options to install your fence depending of the
budget and aesthetic value. First, check with your local building department to see if a permit is
required for your fence. Most likely, it won't be, but the department will also provide you with important
information like height specifications and set-back distance.
There are many material options when it comes to fencing, from wood to metal to plastic. Many
manufacturers rate their pressure-treated wood to last up to 40 years. The pine pickets featured here are
attractive on both sides; this will likely help score points with the people next door — a good neighbor fence.
Don't worry too much about figuring out how much material you'll need. Just take the exact (and accurate)
dimensions of your property to the experts at the lumberyard — they'll figure out the right amount for
Steps to Install Privacy Fence
Find post locations: Observe the perimeter of the area where fence has to be erected.
Level the ground and mark post corners. The spacing between each hole should be 8 feet.
Drill holes: Dig holes on the ground and height should be 1/3 or ¼ of the
Fill with gravel: Fill the holes with gravels to ensure water retention and
your fence does not rot.
Installation of posts: Install 4*4 posts on the holes dug on the ground. Tie
a string on the corner of post locations. This ensures your posts are aligned on the line.
Set the concrete: Ensure you have the optimum height and thickness before
you set the concrete. Mix the concrete with water as per manufacturer's instructions. Prod the mixture with stick
to avoid air bubbles and seal the hole with concrete. Wait till 24 to 48 hours for the concrete to
Building and Installing Privacy Fence
Consider the following steps to build the fence:
- Cut the rails from the boards, it has to be aligned perpendicular to the board, and
remaining board should be attached to the corner of the fence
- Create a rail frame to fit the rails. Mark the places on the frame where you
require the rails to fit. Rail frame and rails should resemble the letter T
- Fit the frame in between the posts using screws
- Attach the outside pickets or slats using nails into the rails and then attach the board
on the inside of the fence to cover the gaps