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You don’t have to be an architect to draw a blueprint of your fence. And you don’t have to make an award winning blueprint either. Just make sure that you have determined dimension of the fence, distance between each post, type of the fence, and the location of the corner posts.

A normal distance between each post is between 6 and 8 feet.

Step 2 Mark the line

Mark the end or corner posts first. Make a line that stretches from post to post. Measure the position of each post carefully. The posts must be in a straight line and in an accurate distance from one another. Take time to do this accurately as it will affect the result of your fence.

Step 3 Prepare the posts

Treat the portion of each fence posts that will be underground with wood preservative. Do this one day before you place them into the hole to become well-saturated.

Step 4 Dig the hole

The depth of the fence post buried underground should always be 1/3 of the total length of your fence post.

Use a post hole digger to dig fence post holes. Secure the fence post firmly by digging a larger hole at the bottom and smaller at the top. Place 2 shovels full of gravel or large stones into the hole.

Step 5 Set up the posts

Place the fence posts into the hole and pack it with either concrete or dirt. Make sure that the posts are perfectly upright by using a regular leveler. Check the alignment by sighting from one end of the post to the other.

Secure the post with braces to keep it in the position while you pack it with concrete or dirt. Do not remove the braces until the dirt is packed thoroughly or the concrete is hard enough to support the post. This would take several days or about a week.

Make sure that the heads of posts are slanted, rounded, or capped to prevent them from accumulating water or moisture that can cause rotting.

Step 6 Add the rails to the fence posts

There are 3 basic types of fence rails: the slotted joint, butt joint, and the lap joint. The height of the each rail should be the same with every post.

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