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If you are building your wood fence on your own, it is important to be prepared by having the following tools and materials handy:

  • Power saw
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Posthole digger or power auger
  • Power drill
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter’s pencil
  • String
  • Grade stakes
  • Concrete
  • Fence boards
  • Fence posts, 2” x 4” bracing post
  • Nails/screws

Determine the Layout

When designing the layout for the wood fence, it is necessary to determine the number of boards, posts, gates, and hardware that are required to get the job done. You must take into consideration the width of the boards, posts, and gates when determining the overall number of each.

If you have a slope

Next, if your yard has a slope, determine which installation method you prefer. When installing a wooden fence on a slope, use either the step method or the parallel method. The step method is mostly suitable for preassembled panels, whereby the wood fence slowly steps up a slope with the rails level, as opposed to parallel to the slope.

On the other hand, the parallel method is usable with loose components in which the rails are installed on the basis of the slope’s degree. The parallel method is not suitable for preassembled fence panels since it requires the fence to be constructed in such a way that it conforms to the slope. We use individual boards and will follow the slope of the ground unless otherwise advised. There are some instances where individuals want the look of the step-down panels. In these cases, we can make panels and create that look for you.

Installing Your Wood Fence

Now that your materials are all ready, here’s how to begin installing your new wood fence.

  1. Take a sheet of paper and draw your fence based on your property. You might have a survey or Google picture of your yard that you downloaded that you can use as a reference.
  2. Count how much material you need based on what distance apart you want your posts. We set our posts on 7’9″ centers, usually.
  3. Locate and drive stakes into the ground where the posts will be, taking into account your beginning, corner, middle, end, and gate post.
  4. A heavy string or twine is then stretched between stakes and pulled tight to mark the layout of the fence line.
  5. Post placement should be located in this order: corner/end posts, gate posts, and then line posts.

Digging of Postholes

When digging postholes, the general rule is that 1/3 of the post’s length should be placed in the ground. The wood fence becomes even stronger when gate, corner, and end posts are set a minimum of 2″ deeper. With the use of a power auger or post hole digger, the holes should be 2″ in dirt or 1″ in rock. The height of the fence panels should also be kept in mind when digging the postholes.

Setting of Posts

Corner and end posts should be installed first. A string should then be tied between the posts alongside the fence line to establish a reference and ensure that the posts are aligned. Plumb (right angle) on two adjacent sides should be checked before and after pouring concrete to fill the holes. Plumb and alignment should then be rechecked after the posts and concrete are left to cure for between 24 and 48 hours.

Cutting of Posts to the Appropriate Height

To ensure that the post tops are level, it is important to run a string from one corner post to the other at the desired height, while keeping the string tight. Each post should be marked at the string line and tops of the posts cut off. The posts may be finished off with a decorative finial top.

Connection of Backer Rails to Posts

The stringers or backer rails are connected to the posts by nails. The entire backer rails will run in a similar measurement to the ground as well as to each other on a horizontal plane.

Installation of Panels and Pickets

If you use loose pickets, like us, you will nail these to the backer rails; using 6″ galvanized ring shanked nails per board on 6′ tall fence. Starting from one end of the rail, check levelness and plumb every three to four pickets. In the case of a standard wood privacy fence, butt the boards side-by-side without any gap left in between.

If, however, you are doing a spaced picket fence, cut a board equivalent to the width of the needed gap and us it as a spacer. Remember to check the plumb on the boards every few pickets, with two backer rails used for shorter fences and three rails used for 6” tall fences.

What about Gates?

If you are creating a gate more than 4’ wide you will need to use a steel frame to make sure it is durable and will not sag.

Want to hire the professionals at MT Fence & Deck to install your fence?

Here’s what to expect during the installation process.

  1. When you decide you are ready to have your wooden privacy fence professionally installed, give MT Fence & Deck a call at (931) 224-7186 or email us at admin@mtfencedeck.com, and we will schedule a time to come to your job site and give you a free estimate.
  2. One of our representatives will meet with you to talk about what type of fence you need, and take measurements for the length of your fence. Once you decide upon the style and size of wooden fence that you want, we will sign a contract that protects you. You can read our contract here.
  3. A down payment of 50% will be charged when we sign the contract; this is for the purchase of the material. We will order your material when we receive this down payment. The material takes between 1-3 weeks to arrive.
  4. Once it arrives at our facility, we will schedule your job to be started. Once we schedule your job, you will be emailed, and can keep an eye on our online schedule of when your install schedule. Due to weather constraints, and other job-related issues, the installation calendar is fluid, and we cannot give you an exact installation date until close to the day of installation.
  5. The day before your installation is scheduled to take place, we will contact you by phone to confirm our appointment.
  6. The foreman will also call when we are headed your way for the installation. This can change quickly due to weather or other job-related issues.
  7. If you decide to make any changes, an additional fee may be added to the total cost of your project, the job will be stopped, and a new contract and work order must be made. Plus, you may have to wait for another installation date. Therefore, it is not advised that you make any changes after your contract has been signed.
  8. Once we arrive onsite, we will begin your installation. Check out the technical details. (insert link) Most small wooden fence jobs can be completed in one day. However, more time may be required for larger jobs.
  9. Upon completion of your fence installation, you will be asked to sign a sign-off sheet (check out the sign-off sheet) and pay the remaining balance of your contract.
  10. If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with the job or see something you would like to change, please address it with us right away so we can make changes before leaving the job site.

If you are ready to get started on the installation of a new fence, contact MT Fence & Deck today at (931) 224-7186 or email us at admin@mtfencedeck.com. We gladly serve clients in the Middle-Tennessee areas of Franklin, Mt. Juliet, and Murfreesboro.