The How-To Experts: Picket Fences

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Today’s feature is Fencing. What are the steps to successfully install a picket fence around your home? Here’s a super quick breakdown of what you’ll need to learn.

  1. Determine Building Codes – Special building permits may be needed. It’s also a smart idea to consult your neighbors about your fence-building plans.
  2. Plan Your Construction – Lay out the fence plan on a piece of graph paper, locating (approximately) the position of the posts and gates in the fence run. The layout will serve as a material’s buying list and can save you lots of time as well as money.
  3. Know What You Need – A picket fence consists of give components, the posts, rails, infill (or pickets), footing, and gate. Mix and match to suite your unique tastes.
  4. Excavation – Clear a line that the fence will pass through. At least 1’ to either side of the line is sufficient. Once the path has been established, you can position the posts. This step can be difficult, so you may want to hire a professional excavator!
  5. Setting the Posts – This step involves digging postholes and setting the holes.
  6. Attaching the Rails and Pickets – Next you will nail the top rail inside, outside, or within the frame. Secure the middle and bottom rails.
  7. Construct the Gate – Once the frame has been established, hang the gate using three very strong strap hinges. Then add the pickets to the gate rails to match the spacing and alignment of the pickets.
  8. Finishing – Your picket fence can be finished with a good exterior house paint. use a primer and at least one top coat.

Want the whole run-down of how to install your own picket fence? Check out our full Fencing page and How To page for more helpful home improvement information! Can’t find what you’re looking for? Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help!