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Wood Fence Installation Tips: Installing Posts and Pickets

Wood Fence Installation Tips: Installing Posts and Pickets
Now that the holes are dug for your component fence, you can begin to set the posts. First measure the posts and cut to length. before inserting the posts, add gravel for drainage. Local building codes will show you the proper amount needed. Set the posts in place, add concrete and water. Fill to about 2” from the surface. Luckily for component fences, you can install the posts all at once.

After the concrete has dried, and the posts are firmly in place, install the stringers or rails. Install one rail for about every 2′ of post height. Attach the rails to the outsides of the posts on the bottom, middle and top with screws. Make sure the rails are flush with your posts.

The rails are set, and the final step is to install the pickets. Attach the boards with a nail gun to each rail. The pickets should rest right next to each other. Check to make sure the pickets are level. For edges, overlap the pickets for a clean and even corner.

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