Building a fence around your yard can be a fairly easy project.
This how-to gives you the basics on How to Build a Fence that is a 6 foot high solid privacy fence.
You can expand on the design by adding lattice or alternating fenceboards for a more extravagant feel.
How to Build a Fence | Materials Needed
For every 8-foot section of fence, you’ll need:
- 1 – 4”×4”×10’ post
- 2 – 2”×4” backers
- 4 – 2”×4” brackets
- 16 – 9mm×6”×5’ fence boards
- 1 – sono tube
- approx. 1- 30kg bag of quick mix fence post concrete
How to Build a Fence
1. Get Diggin’
Fence posts must be 8 ft apart. Dig 4-foot deep holes at each 8-foot mark; make sure they are about 2 ft wide. Use a shovel if the ground is soft enough, or if you need more digging power, rent an auger at your local rental store. (Make sure that you call your utilities company before you dig!)
2. Set the Posts
Place sono-tube into hole and position 4×4 fence post making sure it’s centered and aligned. Fill surrounding hole with dirt, and pack in to secure sono-tube. Begin to add cement and water into the tube, making sure the 4×4 remains level and in position. Allow cement to set according to package instructions.
3. Secure the Backers
Position two 2×4s as backers with 2×4 brackets between each post, running horizontally. Allow approx. 6 to 8 inches above the top backer and below the bottom backer. Use your level to make sure they are perfectly straight and level. Secure brackets to 2×4s and screw into posts. Repeat this step between all posts.
4. Attach the Fence Boards
Position your fence boards against the backers and align with the top of the fence posts. You can choose to attach fence boards tight against one another, or leave an ⅛” space in between using a screw as a spacer. Screw in fence boards with two screws at the top and two at the bottom. Depending on your accuracy with the space between posts, you may have remaining space left over, calling for a few fence boards to be cut into skinnier pieces.