DIY Privacy Fence – The key to longevity for every wooden fence is the fence post itself. Never use wooden poles for wooden fences. Wood posts (both cedar and treated) that come into contact with the soil may decompose in less than five years depending on the soil conditions. The heading of treated wood can also be rotated and folded as the writing dries over time. A galvanized steel pole will never rot or rotate. It will last a lifetime. When installing a steel pole make sure to use that can be closed to look like wood. With a steel pole covered with a fence will look like wood and yet it will have steel resistance.
People often think that steel poles are too expensive. Steel posts actually cost less than wooden poles. Wood posts will use more concrete than steel poles. The hole for the fence posts should be three times the diameter of the pole itself. This means that 4 x 4 post wood requires 12-inch diameter holes while steel poles require only 6-inch diameter holes. And, the hole needs to be below the frost line that can be up to four feet tall. The wooden post should also have pebbles under the concrete to allow drainage of water. When the cost of post, concrete, and gravel are added together, the total price of the wooden pole may be larger than the steel pole. And of course, there is an additional labor to dig a bigger hole and throw away all the dirt. For ears, the pole peaks should be about six inches below the DIY privacy fence.
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Install the picket with screw coated with ceramic or stainless steel. No need to have DIY privacy fence wood with a black stain line down from each screw. Use a string line, or a good eye, to make sure the picket is set at the right height. In most cases, wood pickets will shrink a little from time to time so it is often advisable to install tight pickup simultaneously without any gaps in between.