This privacy fence building guide is based on about 350 feet of fencing that needs to be installed on an investment property. Naturally,when trying to make improvements to an investment property,every dollar counts which is why All American Fence has come up with this budget friendly guide.
To start the process,you need to mark out your installation using string line. Once the string line is marked out,then you want to mark out the spots for the fence posts. Basically,mark out 8 foot sections to do this. This fence post markings will be where we will place our four by four poles. You are going to need a fence auger to get this job done. Rather than go buy one for yourself,simply rent one from your local home improvement store. I know Home Depot’s across the country will rent out larger equipment for getting various home improvement jobs done on a budget.
You can dig the holes by hand if you want to save even more money but that’s just some really hard work! You will need to dig your holes to be about 2 to 2 and a half feet deep and about 6-8″ wide. Once you are done digging,you will need to lay your four by four post in the hole. In order to secure it properly,you will need to mix and drop some concrete in the hole. Just pick up some bags of QuickCrete from the local hardware store. You’ll need about 2-3 bags of concrete per fence post hole.
Once you are done with mixing and pouring the concrete into the holes,simply cover them up with the remaining dirt so that the concrete doesn’t show. Next,make a mark on your post to 62″. Once you’ve done that we are going to worry about the 2 x 4’s. Put screws into the ends of the 2 x 4’s to prepare them for mounting to the fence posts that you previously installed. After you get the screws in,use your partner to help lift up the 2 x 4’s and finally mount them to the fence posts. You don’t need to worry about the 2 x 4’s being level. You actually want them to follow the landscape for best appearances. Just make them fairly level with your landscape and eyeball it to be sure they look good overall.
As you get to the ends of your fence line,you’ll need to cut some 2 x 4’s down to size because you’ll have a smaller section than the standard 8′ section. Once this is done,you’ll need to put in the bottom 2 x 4’s. I usually put mine up about a foot off the ground. Then install the middle 2 x 4’s equally between the top and the bottom.
It’s definitely nice to have a working partner for building a fence since the tasks can become a little bit repetitive. A partner can help it go by a little faster. Now,you are ready for fence slats. Here you will need to rent some more tools if you don’t already have them. One tool is a 6 gallon air compressor. Another is an 18 gauge air gun. If you buy these tools,you’ll need about another $250-300.
With your new tools,you can begin to put up the fence slats. Just put 2 nails into each slat at the 2 x 4 level. Some fence slats might need to be cut or trimmed in order to keep a nice straight fence line.
Finally,you’ll need to build a fence gate. You can get the entire kit for a gate at your local Home Depot.
As you can see,building a fence is a lot of work if you are doing it yourself. A great alternative if you are located in Delaware or Cecil County MD is to call on a company like All American Fence Company to get the job done.