Building a Wood Fence

When building a wood fence, the first step will be to choose your wood. One of the best ways to determine which type of wood is best for your climate is to ask a sales clerk at your local lumber supply store. Every environment is different and some woods are more popular in some regions and less popular in others.

You should look for a wood that is moisture and insect resistant for best results. Some of the most common woods that are used for fences include Spruce, Redwood, and Cedar. Some things to consider when building a wood fence is to use painted or stained wood, setting the posts in concrete, and using pressure treated wood.

Getting a Permit

Before building a wood fence it is very important to check your local zoning laws and codes to ensure that you can complete the project. It is very important to find out your local laws and requirements especially if you have a swimming pool. Your local laws may determine how high your fence should be, what type of locks and latches you are required to have, as well as if you will need a gate.

You will also need to make sure that you are complying with your local zoning laws if you intend on living in harmony with your neighbors as well. People can become very unfriendly if they believe that their property is being violated, so make sure that you check with your local government officials and obtain all of the necessary permits to build your fence.


After you have obtained the permits, the next step in building a wood fence will be to lay the fence foundation. It is important that when you lay the fence line that you take your time and make sure that you lay the line accurately. You will need mason's string and stakes.

You will need to ensure that the stakes are firmly pounded into the ground to ensure that your line will remain taut during the installation. The last thing that you will want to happen is to be in the middle of your installation and have you line move or fall to the ground.

To prevent the line from being wind tossed, you should wrap the string around each stake to keep it as secure as possible. This will prevent the string from becoming detached from every stake, and if something happens, the string will only unravel to the preceding stake.

What's Next

There are many books available, as well as do it yourself courses that will help give you further instruction regarding building a wood fence. You will need to consider your purpose for the fence. For instance, are you looking for a privacy fence, or a fence for decorative purposes for a garden?

You will also need to decide what style fence you would like, what type of wood, and whether you will also install a gate. There are also fence kits available on the market that can help make your choice and installation process much simpler. No matter what type of fence you choose, take your time during the installation and if you need help, don't hesitate to contract a professional.

See Also:

Fence Post Augers
Picket Fence Styles