Privacy fences not only limit how much of your property other people can see, they also limit how much you can see outside your property. These were both important features to Jay and Jennifer, who moved into their new home only to learn their dogs didn't get along with the next-door neighbor's dogs. The neighbor's solution was to drape a bright blue tarp over a chain-link fence that separated both the dogs and the property. This presented a brand new problem for Jay and Jennifer: The tarp was an eyesore. They decided on a superior solution and built a wood privacy fence to enclose their backyard, and to conceal that big ugly tarp from view. Here's how they did it.
PLANNING When planning a fence, you have to consider its size, height, style, material and how all that ties into affordability. Fence materials are usually made from wood, metal or vinyl. Treated lumber is the most common and economical choice for wood fencing, although certain wood species like cedar and cypress have natural oils that protect against rot, insect infesta- tion and chemical corrosion. Jay and Jennifer decided to build a treated wood fence with a "double picket" design. For a 6-ft. privacy fence, the support posts can be made from 8-ft. 4×4s, and the horizontal stringers (also called fence rails) can be made from 8-ft. 2× 4 boards. The treated posts should be approved for ground contact. DIY'ers can use concrete sold in ready-mix bags to set the posts. You can even pour in the mix dry, straight out of the bag into the post hole. Once the post base is buried, pour about a gal- lon of water per bag over the dry mix. We recommend using at least sixty pounds of concrete per fence post. nd to eated ence
By Matt Weber