So....I've been putting off writing this post for a while. Partially because writing about a fence isn't super exciting, and partially because we did this project a little while ago and now the details are getting a bit foggy. I even thought about not including it, fearing everyone would also be bored to death with such a post....Ultimately though, I decided to post it, in hope that it will help some one else who is tasked with building a fence.
I don't have a complete how-to for you today, but I think I have enough details for you to get an idea of how it's constructed.
I told you guys a couple of months ago that we planed to redo our front yard, in order to make it more drought friendly. It was a big project to take on, and we did it all ourselves!
And I guess that means I need to post the obligate before/after pic...but truthfully I hesitate to because the new plants are still so small! I can't wait for them to grow a bit...but for now, here's the before and after...
There are 4x4 posts, 4x4 caps, a 2x6 "top" board, horizontal 2x4's ,and lots of 2 x 2's for each of the vertical slats.
Altogether each fence "side is a little under 20 feet. We made the whole fence for a little over $300....plus a lot of sweat equity.There's satisfaction though with having it finished now! It's the first time we ever made a fence!
The tops of the posts are just pre-made 4x4 caps, which I glued on with an adhesive.
Our first step was to prime and paint all of the wood. Then we dug a hole for the post, and used fence post concrete to put the whole (VERY TALL!) 4x4 into the ground. We used a few other pieces of wood to brace the post. We used a level to make sure that both sides of the post were level.
I felt so ridiculous having such tall posts in our yard! We let them solidify overnight.
Then we measured the distance between the two poles, marked the center, and worked out the spacing of the vertical 2x2's. It was really helpful to cut a guide piece to make sure that the 2x2's are spaced correctly. We made a piece the right length and then moved it from section to section.
So, not complete instructions, but I hope that this little look into how the fence came together helps someone!
Hope you all are having a great week!