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Shadowbox fencing, also known as good neighbour fencing, presents a good face on both sides. Unlike typical stockade privacy fence panels, shadowbox panels are identical on both sides. When mounted between posts, they present an attractive face to neighbours while providing security. Pickets for shadowbox panels are typically wider than the pickets on a stockade fence and can be made from any wood, with cedar and treated pine being the most common.

Lay out three 8 foot 2-by-4s as horizontal rails on a pair of sawhorses. Shadowbox fence can be built to any height, but 6 feet is common. Space the rails with the top rail 4 inches from the top of the pickets, the bottom rail 4 inches from the bottom and the middle rail centred between the other two rails.

Attach your first picket, starting at the left end, with one 1 5/8-inch treated deck screw driven in with a cordless drill. Set the left edge of your picket flush with the left ends of the horizontal rails. Check the...

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We recommend that the best time of year to erect a fence is early spring or late autumn, as this will give any plants disturbed by the new structure time to recover for their peak in summer.

Before putting up a fence, it's important to make some necessary checks.

Neighbours and boundaries

We recommend that you:

discuss the plans with neighbours if next to their property. check the exact line of the boundary as the fence might not have been built across the exact boundary lines as featured in the property's deeds. confirm that the fence is yours before you take it down. If it belongs to a neighbour, and they won't allow you to take it down, you can erect another alongside it as long as it’s on your side of the boundary. There's an unwritten rule that a good neighbour puts up a fence with the post and rails facing their own property, but this isn't a legal obligation. (The positioning of the posts can help indicate who owns the fence if it's not known)....
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If complete privacy is not your goal, but you want a fenced area that keeps in children or animals, then a lattice fence will give you what you want and provide a decorative look. Adding the lattice is no more difficult than putting up other kinds of fence panels and is easier to handle since it's lighter. The finished look is not only appealing, but also semi-private as well as functional.

Locate the starting point for the fence line and tap a wood stake into the ground at that location. Measure the length of the lattice panels and measure out from the first stake equal to the panel length and place another stake. Continue down the fence line repeating the process. The stakes are where the fence posts will be placed.

Wrap twine around the first stake and run it to each additional stake along the fence line. Look down the fence line at the twine to see if the string is running straight. Pick up stakes and adjust to get the line straight.

Pull out the first...

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Erecting panelled fencing is not difficult as long as the preparation is done. If the ground you plan to put your fence panels on is reasonably flat then this is the project for you. If the ground slopes then you will need to see our project on stepped fencing. You will also need to see our projects on how to mix concrete, concreting fence posts and cutting down fence panels. You might also like to view the projects on chain link fencing and close board (arris rail) fencing.

First you need to establish the exact line of your fence. If it runs near trees remember they will have roots which may be difficult to dig through. Fix a string line between two points to enable you to keep your fence panels straight.

We always erect our panelled fences one panel at a time. This way we can guarantee each panel will fit exactly. We have watched fencing contractors come in one day, dig about 30 holes and concrete in 30 posts only to find, on their return that a few of the...

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How to Build a Wooden Gate Professionally (with Pictures) | eHow

Design and hardware are what make a wooden gate operate well for decades. The key is ... These instructions can be adapted for construction of custom, hidden, panel, lattice, or driveway gates. We build ... Use outdoor deck screws and galvanized nails. ... Rail Position Line the gate rails up with your fence rails if possible.

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How to Convert a Wood Fence Panel to a Gate (5 Steps) | eHow

Fortunately, you can use an extra fence panel to build your own custom gate for a ... Wood fence is easy to cut and alter, so creating a gate out of the fence is...

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How to Build a Fence: DIY Wood Privacy Fence Plans - Lowe's

Here's a guide to building and installing a wood fence for added privacy. ... Preassembled fence panels make fence construction faster and easier for ... Stake out your fence line from beginning to end, including corners and any gates. .... Make sure it...

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We’ve run into a slew of talented do-it-yourselfers (DIY) over the last decade. You know who we’re talking about. Guys and gals who know their way around a tool box; The retirees and empty-nesters who aren’t afraid to jump in and take on the most challenging home improvement projects imaginable; Single folks who live for weekend painting projects. But no matter the project, many of these same folks have problems because of a classic DIY failure: The inability to accurately estimate how much supplies and materials are needed.

At Toronto Deck and Fence Company, our expert design and installation professionals have more than a decade behind them when it comes to deck & fence material calculation – but they never take the process for granted.

There are several fundamental steps necessary for accurate deck & fence material calculation that anyone building either project should be aware of.

Calculating fence materials, follow these steps:

Sketch the area where...
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