Once these steps are completed, you are ready to start your woodworking project.
It is now time to go to the lumber yard for tools and material.
Things you will require:-
Having already located your corner pins, you can drive a stack in each corner and stretch a string line from one to the other. Measure the total length and mark the location for the post following your string line.
The higher the fence the closer the posts should be for strength against wind forces.
A good rule of thumb is 8′-10′ between the posts. This measurement is taken to the closest measurement as to make the post distance all the same.
You can now begin to dig your post holes. The depth is generally about 30″ and about 8″-10″ hole.
Starting with the corner posts place a little gravel in the bottom of the hole for drainage. Place the post in the hole and proceed to plumb it in and brace well. Remember the size of the hole will depend on the size and style of your fence posts. You could have square or round fence posts, thicker posts will also need a stronger and therefore deeper foundation! Furthermore, plastic fencing is now an option too, recycled plastic fencing can be a great way to create a different looking and feeling fence.
Once the corner posts are located, run a string line close to the top of the posts and install the inline posts.
Having plumbed and braced the centre posts, you can now begin to cement the posts in.
Placing some water in the hole and then filling the hole with the dry cement leaving it about 3″ down from ground level to later backfill with dirt.
Leave the cement set overnight and then remove the braces. Install string line to the proper height for posts and cut posts off at the top.
These are usually 2×4 nailed to the one side of the posts. The top one is located even with the top of the posts, one about haft way up and one on the bottom. You can now begin installing the fence boards.( I recommend that you pre-stain the boards before installing along with the posts and cross pieces)
The first board must be carefully plumbed in and then the following boards installed even with the top cross piece. Carry on until completed. You can then run a top cap on the flat the total length of the fence.
This is done by making a 2×4 frame with cross bracing to support the gate. The boards are now installed, the gate hinges applied and attach the gate to the gate post.
Your woodworking project is now complete to enjoy.