Building Fences And Gates

Putting up a fence is a satisfying project that doesn't require any special skills or tools. The hardest part is digging the holes; after that, the structure takes shape quickly. Besides a rented posthole digger, you'll need only a circular saw and ordinary carpentry tools.

Designs vary widely, but just about all fences consist of the same basic elements: A series of posts sunk into the ground and connected by rails top, bottom, and usually in the middle as well; and fencing boards or panels that are nailed to the rails to give the fence its character.

Privacy fences usually require 4x4 posts. Rail and fencing lumber can be almost any size.

Lumberyards sell prefab sections of fence in many styles, but custom design and construction usually yield a better-looking fence. See page 88 for some sample fence styles.

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