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jeffsdad
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re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
I would also add if your ground is uneven at all - keep a half inch clearance between the dirt and the bottom of your boards. Wet dirt is what eventually starts the decay at the bottom of the board. And I would lightly stain the boards with a cedar stain - makes them last forever.


Bronson2017
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Birmingham
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re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
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And I would lightly stain the boards with a cedar stain - makes them last forever.


Might be a dumb question but can you use cedar stain on pine? If we were to go the pine route.


BlackAdam
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Member since Jan 2016
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re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
Not hard at all. It is a lot of labor.


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Megasaurus
Member since Dec 2017
444 posts

re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
Do it yourself, its very easy.

1.give your neighbors a heads up that you will be building a fence on your property
2. call your local planning/zoning to see if you need a permit
3. call 811 and have them mark utilities on your property
4. put down some stakes with string and layout your fence
5. once you like your layout, pull some measurements and get you a material list
6. pick a start date and go get your material
7. rent gas auger to dig post holes
8. dig/set posts in concrete, take your time, use your level and set a straight, tight string to keep your posts in line. Verify posts are level and in line as you go.
**make sure to add 2 additional fence posts for your gate..just space them out according to the size of your gate**
9. once posts are set up and verified they are all level and in line, you can layout, measure and cut your runners.
Take your time, use your level for each one.
10. pick a corner starting point and install a perfectly level picket. Pull a tight string marking the top of that picket to the next corner post, this you can use as a height guide for your pickets. If you hit a spot that is uneven, measure the distance on the op of the picket and cut it off the bottom. Take your time and use your level.
Gates can be a pain in the ass. What I found is the easiest way to build a gate is to build the frame on the ground install the hinges with a picket or 2 and hang the gate then finish installing the pickets and latch.
You will definately be able to build a nice fence if you take your time. There are tons of videos out there to watch and get some ideas
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Yewkindewit
LSU Fan
Near Birmingham, Alabama
Member since Apr 2012
14020 posts

re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
I agree with Van Rich. One of my sons and I built his fence at 1/3rd the costs quoted by 3 sources. It took us 2 days and we also built 2 gates as well. And, we had father/son time which was really a good benefit.


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jeffsdad
Member since Mar 2007
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re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
Yep.


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lsuson
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re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
Not hard at all. Having a friend help will make it a lot easier. The hardest part will be digging holes for the poles and keeping them level, but once you do a few it’s easy. Make sure you use enough concrete for each hole. I’d use 2 bags per hole. Let them set and cure one day. For your runners go with 3 over 2. It will make your fence stronger and your fence boards less likely to warp. Also take your time in picking runners to get straighter boards and stagger your runners. What I mean is if you buy 12’ runners start one at 12’, the next at 9’, and the last at 12’ is fine. Level level level everything. Once you are done with the foundation get a level you can attach to twine to level the top of your fence boards. If each board isn’t leveled from the top and the side you’ll have a goofy looking fence. Also important, do not set your fence boards on the ground. Start them off the ground. The bottoms will rot fast if directly on the ground due to water. Cedar helps keep a long lasting fence over pine. One last thing I can suggest. If you use a gun make sure you don’t set it to push nails 3/4 of the way through each board. The wood is soft and doesn’t take much to knock a nail completely through a board.


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gmrkr5
LSU Fan
Apex, NC
Member since Jul 2009
14060 posts

re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
You wanna hear a ripoff? We’re updating the house we bought a few months back and I need to close in a few sections of fence in the backyard...40 linear ft and 1 gate. I planned on doing it but wanted to see about just paying to get it off my to-do list.

This a-hole emails me last night...$1985

Yep I’ll be doing this myself


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HubbaBubba
LSU Fan
Denton County, TX
Member since Oct 2010
29631 posts

re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
I built this fence between my property and the neighbors. It's the same on both sides of the fence. 164' long with real 1" thick cedar boards. I hired help with taking down the existing fence and digging/setting posts, but did the rest myself. Took a while, but with the level of customization there was quite a bit of work involved.

*Every board is screwed, not nailed. All the trim is either screwed and glued, or is glued and stapled using 7/32" crown stainless steel 1.5" staples. All of the 2x8 top caps are cut on beveled angles and glued/screwed down to cross members with 4" screws. They'll never warp or pull apart at these joints.



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East Coast Band
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re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
Nice looking fence. I'd like to do more than the standard dog eared wood privacy fence, but once you start adding it all up, it can become pricey.
I think a 6 foot privacy fence runs about $8+ per linear foot, and 8 foot privacy fence is about $12+ per LF. And that is for the "cheap" wood at the big box stores.
I bet your nice fence ran a bit more than this.


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HubbaBubba
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Denton County, TX
Member since Oct 2010
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re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
A little over $17 a linear foot (2 sides x 164' = 328') but I supplied most of the labor. It would have been cheaper to use Home Depot material, but the boards would have been really cheap in quality.

I used a company that mills their own wood and makes a full 1" thick board and purchased heavier pipe for the fence posts to support the added weight. And used screws and glue instead of nails added to the time and cost.

The satisfaction in building it myself, though, is immeasurable.


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lsuson
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re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
Looks nice, but man that’s way too much work. If the neighbor doesn’t contribute he’s getting the side showing the runners.


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OleWarSkuleAlum
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re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
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HubbaBubba


That’s a nice fence!


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LSUEnvy
LSU Fan
Hou via Lake Chuck
Member since May 2011
9772 posts

re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
I built a cedar 3 rail and screwed everything in place. $12 per ft


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redfish99
LSU Fan
B.R.
Member since Aug 2007
7020 posts

re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
Post hole digger and string is all you need if you’re mechanically inclined at all. DIY.


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TigerFanatic99
Chicago Cubs Fan
South Bend, Indiana
Member since Jan 2007
13769 posts

re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
It's easy to throw some shite down. It's hard to get it all straight, level, and even so it looks good.


smoked hog
Arkansas Fan
Arkansas
Member since Nov 2006
1439 posts

re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
It is really not that hard if you have a few people. Use the auger, and the holes are easy. Only had to another adult to help with auger. The rest was done with just the help of my then 8 year old. Took 2 days to do 120ish feet. 1 day for post and 1 day for runners and slats.


HubbaBubba
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Denton County, TX
Member since Oct 2010
29631 posts

re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
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It is really not that hard if you have a few people. Use the auger, and the holes are easy.
Depends. Where I live, you dig down about 16" and hit hard sandstone. Then you have to use a jackhammer to break it up. Only goes about 6" deep then it's hard clay.

After we put in my fence, one of my neighbors had a deck built and his contractor dug the holes out to as deep as he could, then used a pneumatic pipe driver instead of digging out holes. Then he used Sonotubes and concreted up above grade. My neighbor said the guy drove the pipes in over 5' deep in just minutes.

Wish I had done that. Would have saved a lot of time, but with 11' pipe would only have been able to drive in 3', not 5'.


Martini
North Carolina Fan
Near Athens
Member since Mar 2005
45871 posts

re: How difficult is it to build your own fence?
When I set posts I use a gas auger and I put one 40lb bag quikcrete dry around the base then just pour water or hose it. No need to mix it then pour.

Is it is bigger post for a shed or barn I’ll use an 80lb bag.


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