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How to Build a Fence Part 3: Finishing Up

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How to Build a Fence Part 3: Finishing Up

Published: 07/04/2010 by Patsy Hamilton for

Assuming you have already read How to Build a Fence Parts 1 and 2, you are ready to secure your posts and finish up. Use your level to make sure that each post is standing up straight and tall.

Use your eyes to look down the line of posts and ensure they are even. The bottom of the posts should be treated with a wood preservative. These days, most wooden fencing material is pretreated. So you shouldn’t have to worry about that.

If you have decided to use concrete to pack the posts, mix it according to the directions and fill the first hole. Use a trowel to smooth out the concrete. Move on to the next pole and repeat.

The concrete setting time varies depending on the type that you use. Once the concrete is set, create a mound on top of it and surrounding the post using the dirt from the hole. This ensures that water will not stand at the base of the post.

Let the posts stand for at least three days before attaching the fencing material. That way, they will be settled firmly in place and won’t become slanted as you attach the fencing.

The next part of how to build a fence varies depending on the type that you want. The posts described in this article series can be used for wire fences, poultry netting, split or straight rails and some other types.

To attach wire or poultry netting to the poles, you will need fencing staples. You will also need some help rolling out the wire. Depending on the height, four to five staples per pole is usually sufficient.

If you are fencing in a garden area and you have small animals like rabbits to worry about, you will need to use stakes to secure the wire to the ground. Planning is part of how to build a fence.

Think about the fence’s purpose before building it. That will help you decide which type is best. Rail type fences are mostly decorative. They may work to keep in a well-trained horse, but dogs and kids can go under them.

Picket and privacy fences work for most dogs and kids. They are available in sections. Each section must be attached to the post using the appropriate fasteners. Home improvement stores sometimes stock the right fasteners alongside of the different fencing materials.

In addition to learning how to build a fence, you may need to learn how to build a gate or buy a pre-built version. A gate might not seem like a necessity for a fenced in area behind the house, but it is a matter of safety. In case of a fire, anyone coming out the backdoor would need to climb the fence if there were no gate.

A poorly built fence is ineffective and detracts from your property value. All things considered, it may be wiser to hire a contractor instead of learning how to build a fence on your own. You will definitely save time.

Patsy Hamilton is a home improvement journalist at For more great useful home improvement articles please visit:

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