DIY Picket Fencing

DIY Picket Fencing

DIY picket fencing isn't nearly as difficult to install as many people think. When it comes to purchasing a new picket fence a lot of people are spending money unnecessarily on installation and construction. More often than not this can actually cost more than fence itself!

Picket fencing is easy to install

Anyone who has some basic tools and equipment, some experience in DIY and an interest in home improvement projects should be more than capable of installing their own picket fence. By doing this they could be saving themselves some money and also instilling and element of pride and satisfaction safe in the knowledge of them knowing that they built something that help to compliment their garden and house.

Make a Plan

Before you start construction of your DIY picket fencing, you should make sure that you make a plan that contains all the necessary measurements and information about the fence and its installation. This will make things a lot easier for you as you will able to follow your plan step by step and it will also help you make sure all your measurements are correct. When you are satisfied with your plan you can then make a start on construction.

Make Markings

It can be a good idea to first mark out an outline of where the DIY picket fencing will go. This will help you to make sure you are building the fence in the right place and also that the fence is straight. The markings can be made either with spray paint or with small wooden pegs and strings. Taking the time out to properly mark out where your fence will go will help towards you building a stronger and much better looking fence.

Fence Posts

Next, you need to make sure that you dig holes for the fence posts and then make a start on cutting and attaching the railings that will go on the top and the bottom of the DIY picket fencing.  You will then need to attach each panel to the railings. You can do this using a hammer and some nails or you could use a nail gun to save you time and to give added strength to you fence.

Working out how many panels are needed

Now you need to work out how many panels you will need to make up your picket fence. Make sure that you measure along the railings in equal spacing to work out how many you will need. You can use a spacing block to help ensure the pickets are spaced equally on the railings. Once you have worked this out you can get to work on attaching them to the railings. Once all the pickets are attached your fence is nearly complete. The final job that is left for you to do is to varnish or paint your fence in order to help protect it from rain and wind etc. After painting you can look forward to your fence taking pride and place in your garden. The money you will have saved on DIY picket fencing will certainly put a smile on your face!

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