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How to Install Wood Fence Panels?

To install a fence panel, you must first understand how to properly prepare the area before installing it. In this article, we will discuss the Preparation, Measurement, Post placement, and Finishing stages of this project. To avoid crooked panels, always draw your design at least 2 inches below the rails. 

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The first step in installing a fence is to prepare the area for installation. First, prepare the posts and rails. Then, position the panels on the posts. Make sure they are level so you can screw the panels in place. Use nails with corrosion-resistant coating to fasten the rails. While fastening the rails, use a heavy object to hold the fence posts steady. 

To install the posts, first prepare the ground by digging the holes for them. You will need a post hole digger. You should mark the locations of the posts. Once you have marked the location of the posts, you can start building the fence. 


Wood fence panels should be measured properly before installation. You can buy pre-assembled panels, which are installed flush against the rails. You can use 1-1/2-inch nails for attaching the panels to the rails. A pneumatic nailer can also be used to attach the panels to the rails. 

Depending on the material used for building your fence, you may need to use a pressure-treated wood treatment or apply a wood preservative. If you are using untreated wood, you may need to sand it first. Then, apply the appropriate paint and primer. The primer extends the life of the paint and increases its coverage. After that, apply paint in even coats, working with the wood grain. Then, allow the paint to dry. 

Post placement 

To install wood fence panels correctly, first determine the correct spacing between posts. Then, fit the panels to the posts. For horizontal fence designs, the lower post should extend at least six inches above the ground. This will protect the boards from ground moisture and make it easier to trim the grass. Afterward, attach a four-inch block to the ground above the top of the post. Set the spacer on the block. Adjust the height of the spacer as necessary. Then, measure from the top of the spacer to the top of the post and attach the block flush to the line. 

Using a string line will help you line up posts. Make sure to secure it tightly. After setting the posts, use a level to make sure they’re all positioned evenly. If you have uneven ground, use temporary braces if necessary. If the wood posts don’t line up, use concrete instead. Also, make sure that the posts are at least 1/3 below the ground to prevent leaning. 


Before applying stain to your wood fence panels, you should make sure the wood is thoroughly dry. For newly installed fences, this may take about five weeks. The stain you select will depend on the chemical composition of the wood. Some stains are semi-solid, while others are solid. The difference lies in the chemical composition and the amount of pigment and alkyd it contains. Generally, solid stains are more durable than semi-solid stains, and they create a smooth finish. 

Once the wood is dry, you can begin applying the stain or sealant. This will protect your fence from everyday wear and tear and help it maintain its beautiful appearance. Apply the sealant or stain using a brush, roller, or sprayer. Once applied, back-brush the panels to ensure a uniform look. Wait at least 24 hours for them to dry.