By Lavern Guillaume. Privacy Screens. Published at Friday, March 01st, 2019 - 19:24:23 PM.
Building your Own Wood Fence Once you have decided to put a wood fence around your property, here are the basic steps to building one yourself: 1. The first thing you should do is decide on the location of the fence. You can mark the location with some stakes and string. Fences are usually located along your property line, but be sure you are not trespassing on your neighbors property. If so, you will have to relocate your fence sooner or later. 2. The next step is to figure out how high you want your fence to be. Privacy fences are typically about six feet tall whereas picket fences are only about three feet tall. 3. If you havent done it already, be sure to get all the materials you need. You will need items like a posthole digger, hammer, drill, tape measure, circular saw, nails, and the fence posts themselves. A home improvement store can help you find everything to get the job done. 4. Once you have all your supplies, you can begin by setting the end posts, the parts of the fence at the corners. Use a post hole digger to make the holes, ideally about thirty inches deep. You can then set the posts in the hole, make sure the post is level, and then fill in the rest of the hole with dirt or cement. 5. The next step is to place other posts between the end posts. It is recommended to start out placing the posts eight feet apart. You can use a plumbing line made out of string and attached to the posts with nails to make sure that they are all the same height. Use the same technique to set these posts as you did on the end posts. 6. Once you have those posts in place, the next step is to install the horizontal boards along the fence. These 2 x 4 boards are attached with nails, and depending on your preference, they are usually set at the top, center, and bottom of the vertical posts. 7. The next step is to nail the vertical boards all along the fence. Once those are in place, it is a good idea to cover the fence with a high-quality waterproof sealer.
What Type of Fence Should I Buy? When deciding to invest in fencing, start by assessing your needs. Consider the size of the space, the expectations for the use of the areas on both sides of the fence and the reason you are enclosing the area. Once you know what you need, its easier to sort out your options.
Electric Dog Fences - The Pros and Cons Theres no question that electric dog fences are a hot subject. They make some people uncomfortable. Should you use an electric dog fence to contain your dog? The Cons Critics of electric dog fences say that there are many kinds of fences available to dog owners: chain link, wooden, farm fencing, invisible fencing. With so many choices, why would an owner want to use an electric fence? An electric fence carries a small electric current that shocks a dog (or anyone else) when he touches the wire. Is that humane?
With this information, the total materials cost for wood privacy fence installation can be put into the fence cost calculator. Using the typical selections that make up more than half of all privacy fences in the US: · 8 foot UC4A pressure treated pine 4x4 wood post (quantity: 1, approx. $8 ea.) · 8 foot UC3B pressure treated pine 2x4 wood fence rails (quantity: 2, approx. $4 ea.) · 6 foot 3.5 inch wide western red cedar pickets (quantity: 24, approx. $2 ea.) · 3 ½ inch 16d galvanized ring shank nails (quantity: 8, approx. $1) · 1 ¾ inch galvanized ring shank nails (quantity: 100, approx. $1) · 1.5 cubic feet of crushed gravel (quantity: 1, approx. $5) This brings the cost of the typical wood privacy fence installation to approximately $71 per panel, or just below $9 per linear foot. Other common fence designs will increase the cost from this baseline estimate of the privacy fence cost. The good-neighbor fence (where the pickets alternate sides of the fence, either picket by picket or panel by panel), shadowbox fence, and board-on-board fence styles both increase the number of pickets. Cap and trip fence style has the clean look of a uniform top edge between each post with the added cost of the top rail. Lattice top privacy fences of course add the cost of the lattice. This estimate is for materials cost only, if you use a contractor to do the work the total cost of the privacy fence installation project will increase by at least double. Constructing a wood privacy fence is within the capability of the typical homeowner, a solid three day weekend of work with two guys can finish a privacy fence around the typical backyard and use the money saved on refreshments to enjoy a job well done.
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