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Tips for Building a Wood Fence

wood fence in yard

Wood fences can be a great investment if you are looking for a fencing alternative that can provide you with privacy and design versatility. In this blog, we show you valuable tips for building a wood fence, sharing installation steps and details to consider for the process.

Before Installing Your Fence

Check Local Codes

Read the bylaws of your region. The last thing you want is to be fined because your fence was above the height limit of your city’s regulations. Being aware of local codes can prevent you from spending time and resources rebuilding and adapting fences.


Discuss Property Limits with Your Neighbour

Homeowners might not always agree on property lines and a simple conversation before the project starts can avoid a lot of problems. Talk to your neighbour and make sure you both agree on where exactly the fence is going to be installed.


What You Need

The tools you will need may vary depending on the type and scope of your wood fence project. However, here is a list of materials that are commonly used:


  • A power drill

  • A hammer

  • Lag screws

  • Two-by-fours

  • A shovel

  • A posthole digger

  • Post pounder

  • Concrete mix

  • Tape measure

  • Lines


Installing Your Wood Fence


Layout and Post Locations

Using lines and stakes, you will be able to mark precise points for your posts and decide the layout of your wood fence. Generally, posts are installed with a space of 6 to 8 feet between them. Place the stakes and use string to guide you through a straight line.


Digging Post Holes

With a shovel or a posthole digger, dig the holes where the posts are going to be installed. Ideally, you should have one third of the post below the ground, so the depth of the hole will depend on the height of the post. As for the diameter, it is recommended to consider three times the width of the posts.


Setting Fence Posts

Place the posts into the holes you dug, filling the area with concrete. This will help you ensure strength and stability for your wood fence posts. In this step, it is recommended that you use a level to make sure all the posts are straight and aligned with each other.


Installing Fence Rails

Rails are installed along the fence at different heights to provide posts with extra stability. Typically, you will need a rail for each 2 feet of post height, meaning three different heights for posts there are at least 6 feet above the ground.


Attaching Boards

When attaching the boards, don’t forget to check if the finished side of your boards faces the front part of your property. To ensure they are all installed at the same height, you can use a string at the bottom of the posts 2 inches above the ground.


Installing the Gate

After all boards have been placed, you will be able to install your gate. Gate kits with complete hardware and material might make the process easier. Measure the space between the posts and install the gate of your wood fence.


Wood Fence Solutions in Edmonton

Now that you have read valuable information regarding wood fence installation, why not take the next step? At Duraguard Fence Ltd, we provide reliable wood fence solutions to provide your house with the privacy you desire. Whether you need materials or wood fence installation services, we have got you covered. Contact us for wood fence solutions throughout Alberta including Edmon



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