Fence materials

When you order lumber, specify construction-heart redwood or cedar or ground-contact, pressure-treated wood for all posts and bottom rails; upper rails and fencing can be less expensive grades of rot-resistant lumber. To minimize rust, buy hot-dip galvanized nails and fittings.

If you want to paint or stain your fence, apply the finish to posts, rails, and fencing before you nail up the fencing. Besides saving time, you'll get better coverage.

FENCE

"7 Lay out the site, dig holes, and set posts.

JL starting with the end posts. (See pages 5860 and 74-75. j Check each post for plumb by holding a level to two adjacent jaces; nail braces to hold posts upright. Check, too, that posts are aligned by tying suing from end post to end post,

3 Attach the rails to the posts. We used galvanized rail clips; page 89 shows other joinery techniques. A line level and combination square assure that each rail is level and square with the posts.

2 As you shovel concrete into the holes, have a helper tamp the concrete to remove bubbles. Round off the concrete so water will drain away from the posts. After the concrete cures, cut posts to a uniform height, if necessary (.see pages 74— 75y. Shape tops of posts so they'll shed water.

/. Measure carefully and use a square to mark ^ locations on the rails for each fencing board. Wood scraps squeezed between boards maintain uniform spacing. Have a helper align boards—in this case flush with the bottom— while you nail them to the rails.

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