Today we are working on a wooden fence job. It’s a four foot tall privacy-type fence. It’s just for keeping some kids in and some dogs in but it’s a solid four foot tall fence, all cedar except for the posts. We use treated posts. Basically, we are going around the guy’s front yard.
The installation on this wooden fence, we are using 4×4 treated posts. We usually dig the hole about 3 to 3 ½ feet deep so that you get real good support. We don’t like to use concrete when it comes to wood because it tends to rot quicker right at the top of the concrete. It holds the moisture there and that’s where it’s going to rot first and then bust off. If it busts off at the concrete level it is very difficult to get those posts back out. That’s one reason why we do not like to use concrete. We like to use a longer post that goes deeper in the hole which gives that support that we need.
The panels are slapped up pretty easily. They are all eight foot panels. We mark our holes and get them all spaced out properly when we are setting them so that we can slap the full eight foot section right on up and make sure it’s nice and level. Some areas you might have to dig down a little bit or you have it a little higher off the ground but when you are doing a wood fence there is not much give when you are going up and down hills so you try to make the thing as level as possible to make everything fit nice and straight.
An advantage of going with wooden fence is that upfront costs is a little less expensive than going with a vinyl or chain link with privacy slats. It is a little bit less expensive going with wood for privacy than it would be with other products upfront. Long term, different question.
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