By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A stockade fence is made up of tightly fitted pickets, making it a good choice when you want to completely screen your property from a neighboring yard, building or alley. You can buy stockade fence panels in sizes ranging from 4 to 8 feet high and 6 feet wide. The sections are secured with horizontal rails and posts planted in the ground. The tops of the pickets can be straight, cut at an angle or pointed.
The first step of any fence project should be a look at your property survey so you know exactly where your property ends and your neighbor's begins. Then ask your local building department about code requirements for fences, such as height and the depth of the post holes which depends on the frost line or how deep the ground freezes.
A fence contractor will charge $1,196 to build a 50-foot long, 6-foot high wooden stockade fence, which includes labor and material; but you can buy the materials and build it yourself for $560, saving 53 percent. Add more to the budget if you want to seal the fence sections with a wood finish. The materials include seven fence sections, 14 4-by-4-inch posts, miscellaneous hardware and enough concrete mix to anchor the posts. It's strenuous work because it involves digging the holes for the posts, pouring cement in the postholes and securing them and then fastening the fence sections to the post.
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The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to build a stockade fence with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.