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How to Build a Wood Privacy Fence?

When you build a wood privacy fence, you will need to adhere to certain rules. You may be required to get a permit from your local municipality. There are also setbacks and height restrictions. Make sure you check with your HOA and lot boundaries to avoid problems. In addition, you will want to determine the size of your wood fence. This will allow you to get an accurate price. 

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Before you begin construction, you will need to set the perimeter of your fence. This includes the location of your gate, the number of fence posts, and the overall height. If you are building a fence on a slope, you may need to mark a string line to guide the placement of the posts. A good string line should have a height of at least six inches and run parallel to your house. 

After you have marked your perimeter, you can begin digging the post holes. You will need at least two people to help with this process. It is important to leave a gap between the bottom of the fence and the outside of the posts to prevent water from standing in the dirt. 

Before you begin, make sure you have all of the materials you need. Fence panels weigh 110 pounds per panel. Depending on your climate, you may need to purchase pressure-treated wood, which is ideal for damp climates. Pressure-treated wood is often treated with chemicals, which will need to be disposed of according to local regulations. To ensure that you do not damage the wood while working with it, it is important to wear full safety equipment. 

Once you have finished preparing your wood, you will need to use a stain or sealer to protect it. You can choose a semi-transparent stain or a solid stain. The best choice is a waterproof stain and sealer, which will protect against UV rays and water damage. Choosing a stain is an easy way to ensure that your privacy fence looks good for years to come. 

If your fence is going to be attached to a deck, you may need to install a spacer block. This will ensure that your fence is level. For a fence that is less than 8 feet long, you will need to place one or more spacing blocks on each side of your fence. 

Next, attach your pickets to the rails. This can be done by drilling into the backer rail or using a pneumatic nailer. Make sure you attach each board to the rails with at least one screw and one-half inch of nail. 

Finally, place the fence boards in between the posts. If you are not using a spacer block, you will need to be careful when lifting them. Lift with a straight back, and use heavy-duty gloves. These panels are large and can be splintery. Be careful not to pull them too tightly. 

Now you can start attaching the fence rails. These should be about 6 to 8 feet apart. You should attach them to the posts with a deck screw and two holes before you begin to drive a nail into the top of the rail.