How to Build a Stockade Fence - Page 2

  • Step 3 : Install rails

    Install rails

    Continue to install the posts and rails until all posts are secured in concrete. Connect 2 pieces of 1/2-in. rebar with rebar separator clips at the top and bottom. Insert the rebar pair into the opposing corners of all gate and end posts. Fill the posts with concrete mix to cover the rebar and the hardware fasteners. Tamp out any air pockets with a rubber mallet. The fence posts may need to be supported until the concrete sets, particularly on windy days.

  • Step 4 : Install middle braces

    Install middle braces

    Put the middle braces in the posts, and insert the pickets into the bottom rail. Insert the pickets in the top rail, and insert the top rail into the posts. Fasten the braces to the pickets with #8 x 1 1/2-in. screws, snap caps, and washers on the front of the fence and at the same two on the back of the fence. (Do not over tighten the screws.)

  • Step 5 : Hang gate

    Hang gate

    To hang the gate first lay it between the posts and check to make sure you have a 1/2-in. gap on each side of the gate for the hardware. Then stand the gate up on blocks to square it with the fence posts. Fence and gate rails should be level.

    Gate hardware is mounted on both end posts. Mark the location of the hardware on the gate and hinge post according to the instructions in the hardware box. Also, mark the position of the latch and catch on the latch post. Drill the appropriate sized holes and install the hardware according to the instructions.

  • Step 6 : Install posts caps

    The final step is to install post caps which are interior flat caps that snap into place; other styles require screws. Attach the caps with two #8X 3/4-in. screws, snap caps, and washers. Every post must have a cap.

    Illlustrations courtesy of EverNew Fence

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