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How to build a picket fence

If you aren't a fan of more traditional fence panels, here is a guide how to erect a picket fence using the easy to erect ready assembled panels of wooden fencing. AVS Fencing also sell a type of loose picket fencing it is listed under palisade fencing in the on line shop.

How much fencing is required?

Measure your fence lines and divide by 1.80m, this will tell you approximately how many panels of picket fencing you will require. Panels can be shortened very easily by cutting if needed.

The Fence Posts

I would recommend erecting the picket fence on 75x75mm AVS Fencing 15 year Guaranteed treated fence posts with 900mm high picket fencing use a 2.4m long post cut into two and for the 1200mm high fencing use a 1.8m long post. When cutting the post make sure that the cut end is situated upper most and not buried in the ground and be sure to treat the tops of the posts with end coat this way you will maintain the AVS Fencing 15 year guarantee on the fence post and the posts will give you a good long life.

When building the picket fence the posts are set behind the panels, the panels are butted up and nailed or screwed to the front face of the post, I found that carpenters mate decking screws were an ideal product to fix the picket fencing panels to the fence posts allow 8 screws per panel.

To cut or not to cut?

If the panels are used without cutting and are butted together it leaves just the right amount of room for one individual pailing to be fixed over the top of the joint in front of the post while AVS Fencing don’t currently sell matching additional loose fence pailings, you may well have some available from cutting down a panel or choose to purchase an extra panel. However if this is not the case don’t worry because the fencing works just as well when the ends of the picket fence panels rails are trimmed back by approximately 35mm each. This will ensure that the spacings between the panels are just right.

How far out of the ground will the posts be?

It is recommended that you allow 50mm between the ground and the underside of the picket fence panel and is also recommended you stop the post well short of the top of the panel in fact just above the top rail this will mean that for a 900 high picket fencing panel the posts are approximately 800mm above the ground.

The steps to erect a picket fence

Decide if you will be using the picket fencing panels at full length or trimmed back.

Lay the panels on the ground adjacent to the fence line to establish the positions for the posts.

Set up a string line if required to get the fencing straight.

Dig the post holes, concrete the first post into the ground using Post Mix

Fix the picket fencing panel to that first post, support the panel with a block of timber under to get the panel level and concrete in the next post in the right position for the panel and proceed along the fence line fixing one panel at a time.

Picket Fencing Gates

A matching gate for your picket fence can be purchased from the AVS Fencing on line shop the picket fence gate kit comes complete with all the necessary hinges, latch and gate stop, it is recommended that you use a 100mm gate post. The gate post is unlike the fence posts to the full height of the fence so for a 900 high picket fence use a 1.5metre long 100x100 post. The adjacent picket fencing panels will fix to the front face of the gate post and the gate will fix to the rear face of the gate post. Don’t forget to fit the gate stop timber batten to prevent damage to the gate latch.

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