8 Major Steps To Build a Strong Wooden Fence For Home

Wooden fence

A fence is a boundary of sorts. Boundary fences are usually made up of posts and wire that are strung tightly together, but some fences are made from boards. A cedar fence is a type of permanent fence that you can build in your backyard. The best part about building a wooden fence? The wood does not rot for at least 40 years!

First of all, let’s start with the basics. If you’re looking for a 4-foot or 6-foot wooden privacy fence, you should expect to pay about $100 ($10 per foot) and $150 ($15 per foot) respectively.


How to Build a Strong Wooden Fence for Your Home: 8 Steps


Step 1 Develop a Fence Plan : 

The first thing you need to do is plan your fence. Ground-level fences are more common in urban settings, but it’s often a good idea to build a fence that protrudes from the ground slightly. This will prevent the tree branches from touching the top of your fence, which could weaken it over time.


Step 2 Collect Materials :

 Once you’ve worked out a general idea of what length and style of fence you want to build, go ahead and start gathering your materials. You’ll need to:

  • 1 – 4 inch deck screws (for the posts)
  • 6 foot of hardware cloth ($4-10 per roll) for the fence
  • 6 – 10 foot lengths of 8 strand, 15 pound cedar fencing ($30 per a quantity of 10 pieces)


Step 3 Set the Posts:

Once you have the necessary materials, it’s time to set the posts. Use a level and shovel to dig holes that are deep enough to accommodate your 8 foot posts. Make sure that your hole is at least 1 foot away from any nearby trees or power lines. After you’ve dug your hole, set the post in concrete (standard post-hole specific concrete). Mix the required amount of concrete and water in a wheelbarrow, using a shovel to mix it thoroughly. The consistency should be like that of mashed potatoes.


Step 4 Install the Fence Fencing :

Once the posts are set and cured (this may take more than one day), begin installing your fence. Starting at one end of your fence line, measure out 8 feet from the first post and drive a screw into the ground. From there, measure out 8 feet from the last post and drive a screw into the ground. Repeat this process until you reach the other end of your fence line.


Step 5 Build Your Gates: 

Once your fence is complete, it’s time to install your gates. You’ll need to cut a hole in each post so that you can insert a pole for each gate post. It may be best to use a handsaw for this process.


Step 6 Stain the Fence:

Once your wood fence is installed and you’ve got your gates erected, it’s time to finish up. Use a paintbrush to apply two or three coats of wood stain (depending on how deep a color you want) to the fence. You should apply at least two coats of stain so that your cedar fence will last for several years.


Step 7 Install the Gate Hardware: 

Once you’ve completed the staining process, it’s time to install your hardware. For each gate, you’ll need to buy a hinge, two “D” rings, and a piece of nylon webbing (or leather). You’ll also need to drill holes for the hardware in each post. If you are using a wooden gate you can drill out pilot holes using an m12 wood drill bit . If you’re using a cedar gate you can use a 3/16″ screw bit to drill the pilot holes.


Step 8 Attach the Gates:

Once you’ve finished with the hardware, it’s time to attach the gates to your fence. Be sure to attach them to each of your posts and then test that everything is working properly by attempting to open and close each gate.


Step 9 Finish Your Fence: 

Finally, you can finally enjoy your new cedar fence! Simply sweep the top and sides of the fence and then paint it. You can now enjoy this beautiful addition to your home.


Consider these things that will help you build a fence:

Before you buy a new piece of fencing, there are a few things you should know. Here’s what to keep in mind when building your wooden fence.

When installing a post and rail fence, be sure to bolt it down securely and use concrete posts that span the full distance with the right amount of spacing between them (at least 4-6 feet between posts). If your posts are not sturdy enough, they cannot support the weight of your fence and may fall over during high winds or in heavy rain. They may know of a good iron supply company in your area and might be able to help you out.

One other thing: if the bottom rail of the fence is installed next to a tree, the branches of this tree can fall into your fence and ruin it. The only way to prevent this is to brace the fence against a tree before installing it.

You do not have to have a flat section of ground when building a wooden fence. If you plan to put a fence near the edge of a slope, do your best to build the fence on the downhill side; this will help prevent it from being damaged by erosion and soil erosion. This added stability will also prevent settling and cracking in the field.

Be sure to use plenty of concrete in your posts to strengthen them and make them stronger than if they were made cheaply out of wood.


Before building a fence, consider these things.

  1. Fences are an important part of the property you are fencing off, and should be maintained to ensure that all animals stay out of the area.
  2. Most fences can be made with 2x4s and 8-inch deck screws, but your project may require thicker wood to make sure it lasts longer or is more secure.
  3. Fences work by creating a simple barrier that animals cannot jump over, dig under, or scratch through.
  4. Posts generally should be set in concrete to prevent them from shifting in the ground and possibly serving as a weak point in the fence.
  5. Fence posts should be buried at least 8 inches deep so they can’t be pulled out by an animal. (Smaller animals, such as rabbits and squirrels, can still burrow under a fence.)
  6. You should have a professional survey and design your fence to fit the area you want to fence in. This way, you know what materials need to be used and how it will work best in your yard.
  7. Having a professional come out with all of these recommendations can save you money and keep you from getting stuck when building your fence.


Final Words:

The goal is not to build a good looking fence that looks nice, but to build a strong, effective fence that will serve you for years.

James Cook

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