Your boarder fence is also something that adds to the curb-side appeal and look of your home so making sure that it looks great is important.
In our previous post we laid out the basics of what you will need to do to prepare for your DIY fencing project and the supplies you'll need.
Now that you're ready to get going here is a break down of what do do next.
Set it up
Using your string line and Measure out and mark where your posts will be, space the posts 2m apart.
Dig holes with a spade or post hole borer to a depth of 600mm and make sure to clear out any loose material in the holes.
Brace your posts
Starting with your 2 end posts you should check that they are 50mm off the string line, brace the post and make sure they are plumb.
Next, run a string line between the 2 end posts to mark the hight of your fence. If you can, you should use a lazar level here to be sure the string line is correct or if you are building your fence on uneven or sloped ground.
Continue to place and brace the remaining posts in their holes in the same way.
Top Tip:This type of project is easier with two.
You may want to ask a mate to help you hold the posts as you brace them.
Concrete the posts
At this point you should once again check that your posts are still sitting 50mm off the string-line and are plumb, if anything is off then now it the time to correct and adjust it. Don't wait to do this especially if you are using a quick drying concrete, you may only have a few minutes.
Once you are happy with your posts then leave the concrete to set for at least 24 hours. Once set you can remove the braces.
If your fence is over 1200mm high you should use three rails, for fences under 1200mm use two.
You can choose if you want your rails to be fixed between the posts or to the face of the post. It all depends on what style you are going for and how you want the finished fence to look.
For face-fixed rails select a rail length that can span three posts and fix rails with two 100mm baton purlin screws, or in high wind zones use coach screws.
Use a ratchet strap to pull your posts together before screwing together. Using screws instead of nails with hold the timber together much better and will last a lot longer than if you use nails.
To keep your nails in a straight line you can run a stringline and nail along that. Push the palings tightly together as you nail them, as they will shrink and use a hammer and chisel to force the boards as close together as you can. As with the posts you should check every 5-6 boards that the palings are plumb. If your ground is flat, and your palings are cut to length, then place one paling on each end of the fence, then run a stringline across the top to ensure a level line. Cut the last paling to width if needed. Flick a chalk line as a guide and use a circular saw. It’s a good idea to screw a board to the fence to use as a guide, this will give you a nice straight line.
Cut posts to height and Cut tops off posts on a slight angle using a handsaw. This helps the water drain off the post.