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Hi, I'm Alex Barnett and I'd like to welcome you to my web site, How To Build A Fence. All right, I know, I've heard all of the jokes before. Why on earth would I want to build a web site about fence building? Is there anything more boring? Well, the truth is that building a good, sturdy, long-lasting fence is more than just a job or chore. A fence provides protection for your family and property and gives you piece of mind. And building a high-quality fence with you own bare hands can give you a feeling of satisfaction that you just cannot imagine. Over the years I've become sort of an expert in fence building and I decided to put all of my knowledge together and build this site. I'll provide tips and advice, not to mention great photos that will help you build your very own fence. So, enjoy the site and feel free to leave me a comment. I promise to answer them personally. Cheers!

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Post and Rail Fencing An Ideal Choice for Livestock Handling

Post and rail fencing is an extremely popular style of fencing and has a number of varied applications. Post and rail fencing has an appealing, rustic and traditional look which is ideal for home and livestock purposes, especially equestrian. Post and rail fencing is a general term that is used to describe a fence that has solid timber rails, but the style may vary in relation to the timber variant being used for the fencing. Each type of post and rail fencing serves the same purpose. Post and rail fencing can be built by driving nails into the rails with the intention that they are secured to the posts. Post and rail fencing can also be built using mortised posts for the rails to be inserted into. Mortised post and rail fencing is typically used for cleft chestnut rails and sawed square rails are nailed to the posts.

When choosing posts, it is essential to remember that the wood will be in contact with the ground and is vulnerable to rotting. Hence, you must always make use of pressure treated soft wooden posts or hardwood for building post and rail fencing. Hardwood is a relatively dense type of wood as compared to softwood and for that reason does not have the need of pressure treatment.

Post and rail fencing is more commonly used with two rails, but three rails are also very common. If you are keeping small farm animals such as sheep or pigs, mesh wire panels may need to be used in combination with the post and rail fencing in order to keep the livestock safe and secure. The most commonly used mesh along with post and rail fencing is rabbit netting and chain link fencing. You can fix the mesh panels to the fence using staples, barbed staples are less likely to fall out in the case that the livestock knocks the wires or if the posts dry out and shrink. These staples are also advisable for treated softwood posts especially since, as mentioned earlier, the wood is not as dense as it is in the case of hardwood posts.

It is essential to inspect the post and rail fencing from time to time in order to check for any damage so that it is much easier and cheaper to repair the problem at an early stage. A weak post and rail fencing can bring down an entire section of the fence if left unrepaired, whereas replacement of the post and rail fencing can be carried out rather easily and quickly.

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How To Build a Wooden Fence

Fences make a great addition to one’s house. They are beautiful and they not only add beauty to the appearance of one’s home but also provide safety and privacy. It also helps to keep stray animals and your neighbors pets away from your flower beds. Wooden fences are becoming increasingly popular nowadays because of the fact that they are very cost effective and are also relatively easy to install on your own. In this article, we will talk about how one can go about building a wooden fence.

Firstly, building a wooden fence requires you to determine the layout of the area where the fence is to be installed with the help of a tape measure. This is usually along the property line, so you need to make sure it does not stray over your neighbor’s property, otherwise you will have to move it later. In order to carry out the building of a wooden fence, the next step would be to determine the height of the fence and whether or not it meets your needs. The average height for a privacy fence is 6 feet, for a livestock fence 4 feet should suffice and picket fences are typically 3 feet high.

The next step of building a wooden fence is to install end posts that are situated at either end of any corners along the fence. Subsequently, in order to carry out building a wooden fence, dig holes using an auger or a post hole digger deep enough with the intention that they can support the fence structure. When it comes to determining the depth, you must take into consideration various factors such as soil conditions, the fence height, and the fence type. Building a wooden fence then requires you to insert the fence posts into the holes and fill in around the posts with dirt or cement.

The process of building a wooden fence also includes pulling a line from one end post to the other using a string or thread. This will allow you to dig the in-between holes in alignment with the fence and give you a depth in order that the posts will all be of equal height. Building a wooden fence also involves laying out the holes between the end posts in such a way that they are at a distance of eight feet center to center and insert the remaining fence posts into the holes.

If you are building a wooden fence with privacy as the main purpose, then you should nail a 2×4 board from post to post along the fence at the top, center and bottom of each post and then nail the vertical boards, usually about 1×6 in size.

The last and final step of building a wooden fence is to paint the finished fence with a good quality waterproof sealer that will preserve and maintain the wood for many years. Hope this article was resourceful and will assist you in building a wooden fence.