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How do you install a wooden fence?

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To install a wooden fence, dig postholes around the perimeter of the area you intend to fence in, set the posts, and place fence panels between the posts. Complete the project by placing gate posts and installing a gate.

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Before you begin, make sure you have the necessary tools such as a posthole digger, power drill, circular saw and tape measure. The necessary materials are fence panels, fence posts, 2 1/2-inch galvanized screws and wood wedges.

Before digging the postholes, mark the location of all the underground utility lines and sprinkler lines. With a shovel, dig the first posthole 10 inches wide with straight sides. Avoid digging near the marked locations of utility lines. With a posthole digger, continue digging to a depth of 32 inches, and set a post in the hole.

Fill the hole with 8 inches of soil, check the plumb of the post with a level, and then compact the soil tightly around it. Repeat this procedure until you completely fill the hole and the post is plumb.

Next, place another fence post at a distance equal to the length of the first fence panel. Set the fence panel on the posts. Repeat these steps along the entire perimeter of the fence. Set the gate posts, and screw the gate hinges to the gate and one of the posts. Attach the latch, and check the swing of the gate. Finish the gate by nailing caps on top of the gate posts.

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