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There are many ways to build a fence. The following steps are just one method, and each of the steps can be modified to suit your particular situation.
Step 1 – Planning the Fence
Once you have decided what type of fence you are going to build, you need to work out what types and quantities of materials you are going to use.
You will also need to determine what tools and safety equipment (boots, gloves, hearing and eye protection, sun protection, etc.) you will need. For instance, you will most certainly need a spirit level to ensure you set your posts perfectly vertical and your rails are perfectly horizontal.
Step 2 – Getting Started
Before you can build your fence you need to have a clear working area. This may require the removal of an old fence, pruning back or removing plants, and lifting old paving or concrete. Make sure you have plenty of room to move comfortably and safely. Dispose of any rubbish/debris and level out uneven surfaces (as much as possible) prior to beginning fence building. Timber can be pre-treated with a preservative or paint, in particular the base of pickets and palings, the parts of posts to be placed in the ground, and end grains of rails.
Note: Before digging any holes for posts you will need to check the location of any services in the immediate area (including phone, gas, water, sewerage, and so forth). Contact your local council or service providers for advice. It can be very costly, inconvenient, as well as dangerous, to accidently damage one of these services.
Step 3 – Setting out the Posts/Uprights
Step 4 – Attaching the Rails
Step 5 – Fixing the Palings/Pickets
Step 6a – Trimming/Capping the Palings
Step 6b – Fixing Capitols to Picket Fences