Because vinyl fence systems use panels that lock into place, installing them is literally a snap. How to Build a Picket Fence Building a picket fence from cedar or treated lumber adds beauty, privacy and a welcome buffer from the street.
After you finish installing the outside pickets, begin installing the pickets on the inside of the fence. Overlap the outside pickets by 1 inch on each side. Plumb the first picket in a run with a level and position it at the correct height.
Cost can add up quickly, especially if you’re a novice and have never attempted a Panel Fence installation before. I would strongly recommend you hire a licensed and Insured fence contractor to perform the installation for you.
To attach preassembled fence panels to fence posts: Make sure the panels are positioned at the proper height on the posts so the fence rails (stringers) align with the posts and the fence is level and straight.
Install the premade fence post caps that come with the fence posts that you purchased. The caps give a finishing look to the panel fence and complete the look of the fence. If you choose not to install the fence post caps, use sandpaper or a sander to even out the tops of the fence posts in order to create a uniform look.
A wood fence is the most common. These last between 5-20 years, depending on the type of wood (cedar will last longer than pine, for example), and are they relatively inexpensive. Wood fences may be difficult to clean, however, if they get paint on them. Vinyl fences will last much longer than a wood fence, up to a lifetime if using quality vinyl. They can come in a variety of colors that should not fade over time and are easily cleaned if they get paint on them.
Installing a panel fence will require some labor and at least one additional person in order to properly set the fence rails and level the fence out. Step 1: Dig Fence Posts and Fill. Use the post hole digger to dig a hole that will hold the posts for the wood fence posts.
Support the fence panels as you work. Whatever kind of fence you're installing, it's a good idea to support the crossbeams with some supporting blocks to avoid putting stress on the wood as you work. You can use wooden wedges to level the panel.