Picket Fences

If you couldn’t tell from our previous posts (specifically this one), we spent a good deal of our Labor Day weekend LABOR-ING!  It all started with two (very heavy) visits to the hardware store:


How much wood would a Toyota chuck, if a Toyota could chuck wood?

…a heckuva lot of rain…!!


…one rented two-man post-hole digger…


….four muddy post-holes….


…four bags of concrete…


….four upright posts…


….three confused dogs…


…and one beautiful fence as our end result!


And now for the goods.  If you want to know how to build your very own fence, keep reading.  If this kind of stuff bores you, then check back later this week while we check in with the ladies and how they were keeping themselves occupied inside and out of the rain!

Diggin’ Post Holes: You can see in this video how we dug the post-holes using a rented Auger from Home Depot.

Fill’er Up!: Using one 80-lb bag of Concrete per post, we placed the posts and filled up the holes.  Some sources recommend you use gravel to put on the bottom to aid in drainage, but we didn’t do this as the posts we used were treated to withstand moisture.  We did, however, dig super-deep post-holes in order to give our posts extra stability.  Usually, a 6 foot fence (which is what we built) requires a 2 foot hole — we dug as deep as the auger would let us (about 3 feet deep).  And once we filled it up with concrete, those suckers just didn’t move since the hole was so deep, so leveling the post was a cinch.

Give it some support: We laid some cross-posts between the posts to match the existing fence style and give us a place to hang the slats.  The top cross-piece was the most important, because it defined the top of the fence.  We made sure (checking and double-checking) to make sure it was level before nailing it into place.  This was made pretty easy by using galvanized brackets we picked up from the hardware store.

Hang your slats: We used a staple gun with 1.5″ galvanized staples, so we were able to quickly hang the slats.  Once we got closer to the posts, we just cut them to size (this took some trial and error at times, but you hardly notice it now.

Build a gate:  You can find gate kits at Lowe’s or Home Depot and use those to help you build a gate.  This made it really easy — measure the size gate you want, make a couple of cuts, and off you go!

Top’er Off!:  The last step was to cut the excess tops off of the posts and put a decorative topper on it.  This is actually required so that water doesn’t seep into the cut ends of the posts.

And now Maggie the Mascot Mutt is a happi(er) pup because she can finally roam free in the backyard!  This job requires some pretty heavy duty tools, but if you have the equipment to do it and/or a local Hardware store that will allow you to rent them, then this is something that could probably save you several thousand dollars to do it yourself!




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