Wood fences are the most common type of fence we build today. Due in part to the availability of the material and it’s aesthetic versatility, but also because it is relatively inexpensive to build and maintain. If you love the idea of adding a wooden privacy fence to your backyard, but dread the expense of having it installed, let the DIY Network experts lead you through the step-by-step process of installing it yourself. This helps keep the posts aligned throughout the post-setting process. There are many material options when it comes to fencing, from wood to metal to plastic. It isn’t always about how expensive a thing is, it’s about putting in a little time to think about something differently. And if they pile the dirt up against that bottom board to address the gap issue, that board will rot and quickly. 2 metal post are definitely that way to go but they add the most expense to a fence. Taking on my own fence install this month as my guy wanted 2500 bucks for a standard, Spruce, dog eared, privacy stockade fence.
You may build a 6-ft. high privacy fence only to find that the next-door neighbors can easily see over when they’re lounging on their deck. Keep the fence posts 8 ft. apart or less to keep the fence from sagging. Rent a metal detector to help you find the exact location of your iron property stakes. I was originally going to put in a wood fence with metal poles, but metal poles cost twice what a treated 4X4 costs. I put up a privacy fence (board on board) next door about 4 years ago.