How to Build a Fence

How To Build a Fence

Marking property lines

Before you start building a fence, you need to identify the property lines on your property. If you are not sure, you can get a copy of a property line map and double-check to make sure you are not trespassing or building on someone else’s land. You also need to consult with a real estate agent to make sure you are not violating any rules and regulations on your property.

Property lines are the boundaries between different pieces of property, and they are defined by physical objects. If you don’t know where your property boundaries are, you could end up in legal trouble. It can be expensive and frustrating to build on someone’s land. Even planting shrubs along property lines can be infuriating.

Digging holes for fence posts

The most difficult part of digging fence posts is making sure that they are straight and level. Otherwise, they will wobble and bow. In order to ensure that your posts are straight and level, be sure to mark the holes first. Using a stake, nail, screw, or spray paint will help you mark your holes. You also need to ensure that the holes are aligned with each other to achieve a symmetrical fence.

A good rule of thumb is to dig the holes at least six inches deeper than the frost line. This will help prevent the post from being uprooted or pushed out of the hole by high winds. Moreover, the ground may freeze and push the post out of its hole, if it is not properly positioned. To avoid these problems, it is best to use a post hole digger with a long handle that can dig four-foot-deep holes. This depth is code for fence and deck posts in many areas and is also well below the frost line in all but the most freezing climates.

Attaching rails

There are several ways to attach fence rails to a fence post. The most traditional method involves drilling holes in the post and inserting the rails through them. The second and less expensive method involves screwing or nailing the fence boards directly to the posts. This method is much quicker but is less durable.

First, you’ll need to mark the positions of the rails on each fence post. On a big fence, you’ll need top, middle, and bottom rails. Mark these positions on one of the fence posts, then transfer them to the other posts with a picket. You can also use a square to mark the depth of the rails on each post.

Adding a builder’s line

Adding a builder’s line is an essential step when building a fence or wall. It helps you level your structure and plan the layour. It is bright orange and easily visible against grass or cement. The string is made of hard-wearing polythene, so it will hold up well against bending and tearing.

Using pre-assembled panels or individual pickets

There are two main types of fence: individual pickets and pre-assembled panels. Individual pickets are much easier to work with than panels and will give you more freedom in the design. Pre-assembled panels are typically 5 to 8 inches wide.

Individual pickets are a much cheaper way to build a fence than pre-assembled panels. They are easy to install and can be completed in one weekend. The downside to this method is that you must take measurements and stake posts. Fortunately, pre-assembled panels are available in a wide range of sizes and styles. Although they are a bit more time consuming, building a fence with this option will leave you with a sturdy, consistent fence that will last for many years.

Complying with local building codes

When building a fence, it is important to follow local building codes. These regulations are usually fairly basic but can vary greatly by city. In incorporated cities, a building permit is often required and may include inspections. Even if you don’t apply for a permit, you should check with your city’s planning department before starting.

First, consider the height. Depending on your property, you may have to increase or decrease the height of your fence. In most cases, fences must remain at least one foot away from boundary lines.