Building a vertical board fences.

How to build a vertical board fences

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How to use vertical board fences

 

·         Defining spaces: Very good, but can seem imposing

·         Security: excellent, especially with heights of more than 6 feet.

·         Privacy: Good, closed styles can provide considerable privacy.

·         Creating comfort zones: Fair blocks sun but can force wind into down drafts.

 

 

 

 

How to build a vertical board fences.

 

1.      Lay out and set posts for 6 to 8 foot bays. Then build a flat rail frame or an edge rail frame with the rails flush with the posts. On longer bays you may want to add a center rail to help keep the infill from sagging. Toenail the rails to the posts.

 

2.      Use 1+6 or 1+8 infill boards for a solid fence and cut a pattern for the top if desired. Make your pattern cutting easier by clamping three boards together and cutting the pattern all at once. As an alternative you can buy precuts at your home center.

 

3.      Starting at an end post or a gate post, fasten the infill to the rails with 2 inch coated screws. Fasten the top of the board first, plumb it with a carpenter’s level, then fasten the bottom of the board.

 

4.      Mark the position of the hinges on the gate frame and fasten the hinges with coated screws. If the gate is small enough, hanging it may be a one person job. Use blocks to support it. For larger gates enlist the aid of a helper. Fasten the top hinge first. Then line up the bottom hinge and mark its position on the post. Pull the hinge pin if the hinge style permits it and install the hinge plate. Fasten the middle  hinge last. Mark the position of the latch hardware and install it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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