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Build a reclaimed timber or planed pine fence

Using reclaimed timber or planed pine to build an outdoor fence  is an option that allows you to enclose your property with materials other than vibracrete, concrete or brick walls. It offers a more natural approach to adding privacy, plus you have the option to choose reclaimed timber for a rustic finish, or planed pine. 

 

No matter where you live, you will find timber merchants that offer a variety of fencing materials. The images above are supplied by www.poleyard.co.za but you can Google fencing suppliers for your particular area. 

While erecting a timber fence is an easier and more affordable DIY option than building a plastered brick or concrete wall, there are steps that need to be followed to ensure the fence is sturdy.

Before you take any steps towards erecting a fence you need to ascertain the boundary line, especially when erecting a fence between a neighbouring property. If the boundary line hasn't been marked you will need to get in touch with your local municipality. They will be able to inspect the plans and provide you with measurements, etc., for locating the boundary line.

Fence posts  

Fencing slats or planks

Timber stakes

Steel nails

Wood treatment for finishing

TOOLS:

String line

Spade

Pickaxe - if necessary

Spirit level

Carpenter's square

Tape measure and pencil

Hammer

The first step will be to mark the line for the fence and you can do this by driving a few stakes into the ground and running a string line along the length. It's a good idea when putting in stakes to use these to mark the position for the uprights.

For a fence up to 1.8 metres high dig post holes approximately 300mm across by 600mm deep.

With the holes dug for mounting the posts, and starting with the corner or end posts, stand each post vertically and mount a temporary brace to support the post.

Before adding cement to secure the post, use a spirit level to ensure the poles is one hundred percent level.

Mix the concrete mix and pour into the hole, prodding gently with a piece of scrap timber to release air bubbles. Leave the concrete to cure for at least 4 to 5 days before adding horizontal or vertical panels.

To extend the life of your new fence treat the timber with wood preservative every two to three years to prevent it rotting. This technique works whether you're putting up a new fence or replacing old posts, which must be done when you spot signs of deterioration. Putting up a fence post should take you about two days.