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Wooden Fence Building Tips

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Attaching stringers to posts when building a wooden fence.

Attaching stringers to posts when building a wooden fence.

Building a wooden fence can add character and privacy to your backyard. Here are some tips to keep in mind when building a wood fence.

Wood fence building tips:

  • Align Posts: Set wood posts in holes at consistent intervals using a tight string for alignment.
  • Plumb Posts: Use a level to make sure each post is plumb in all directions before setting in concrete.
  • Level Stringers: Make sure the stringers that connect the posts are level.
  • Plumb Pickets: Use a level to plumb each picket before attaching with rust resistant nails or screws.

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Building a wood fence is a great way to add character and privacy to your backyard, if you pay attention to details.

Set the posts at consistent intervals along a string, pulled tightly from one corner to the next. Then use a level to ensure that each post is perfectly plumb before securing it with concrete.

The two-by-four stringers should also be level as they run from post to post. Finally be sure that each picket, or fence board, is plumb as you nail it in place.

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Wooden Fence Building Tips