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You Will Need
- Fence posts
- Plumb bob
- Concrete mix
- Wood for the rails
- Paint or stain
- Pencil or tape
- Hammer and nails
Lay out your posts and rails
Decide where the end, corner, line, and gate posts will be located and place a stake in the ground at each of these points. Attach a line of string between each of these stakes.
Dig the post holes
Dig post holes in each of the staked spots about 2 feet deep. Make sure the holes are larger than the posts to allow for adjustment.
Put in your posts
Install your end posts first, and then install line posts every 6 to 8 feet. Put about 2 inches of gravel in the bottom of the post holes, make sure they're plumb, and then set your end and corner posts in concrete.
Cut the rails and measure the pickets
Cut the rails to the length between the posts and determine how many pickets you will need.
Stain or paint the rails and pickets
Stain or paint the rails and pickets.
Hang the rails
Hang your rails with weatherproof fasteners. Put the bottom rail about 6 inches from the bottom and the top rail a couple inches below the top of the posts.
Arrange the pickets
Measure where each picket should go and mark the spot lightly with a pencil or tape. Then nail the pickets to the rails and posts.