Published at Friday, March 01st, 2019 - 19:35:07 PM. Privacy Screens. By Lavern Guillaume.
· Material costs at your location : When installing a new fence, dont overlook the cost of site preparation and digging the fence post holes. Existing growth or trees in the fence line may need to be removed to make room for the fence. Rocky soil conditions may make it difficult to dig the fence post holes and sandy or marshy soil conditions may require additional groundwork to ensure the footings will hold the fence posts securely without leaning. Installation on a grade or other difficult terrain will also increase the cost. Replacing an existing fence presents other challenges, in most cases it is advantageous to re-use the existing fence post holes which means the current posts must be removed. The Wood Post Puller makes it easier to remove fence posts with any lifting method - even broken, rotten posts set in concrete footings or in difficult clay soil. A general rule of thumb to estimate the cost of many home improvement projects is to calculate the materials cost and double it to determine the total project cost when using a contractor. For most fence projects this method will overestimate the project cost by 10-20% so it can be used as a conservative approximation. Installing a wood privacy fence is a significant project due to the amount of work, but not too difficult for the typical homeowner and the cost savings can be substantial. The American Fence Association estimates the average cost of privacy fence installation at approximately $17 to $24 per linear foot for a licensed, bonded, and insured contractor (2013 figures). This estimate doesnt include sales tax or permit/inspection fees that may apply in your locality. As always when hiring a contractor, combine related projects to get better value, get multiple bids on any job, check the BBB and licensing department for complaint history, and be sure to verify references and inspect prior work before making your final selection - the lowest cost quote for the wood privacy fence installation may not save money in the long run if the job is done with poor workmanship, low quality materials, or the contractor doesnt stand behind their work.
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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