Attaching stringers to posts when building a wooden fence.
Attaching stringers to posts when building a wooden fence.

Building a wooden fence can add character and privacy to your backyard. Here are some tips to keep in mind when building a wood fence.

Wood fence building tips:

  • Align Posts: Set wood posts in holes at consistent intervals using a tight string for alignment.
  • Plumb Posts: Use a level to make sure each post is plumb in all directions before setting in concrete.
  • Level Stringers: Make sure the stringers that connect the posts are level.
  • Plumb Pickets: Use a level to plumb each picket before attaching with rust resistant nails or screws.

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Building a wood fence is a great way to add character and privacy to your backyard, if you pay attention to details.

Set the posts at consistent intervals along a string, pulled tightly from one corner to the next. Then use a level to ensure that each post is perfectly plumb before securing it with concrete.

The two-by-four stringers should also be level as they run from post to post. Finally be sure that each picket, or fence board, is plumb as you nail it in place.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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