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Fence from a picket fence: varieties and DIY installation


Fence made of picket fence is a popular and, one might say, a classic fence of any private territory. It has several advantages, is easy to install and perfectly complements the landscape design.

The theme for our article today, we chose picket fences - Popular and truly sought after fences among summer residents and owners of other private territories. In this material, we will consider in detail the advantages of these fences, study some types and talk about how to make and install them with your own hands.

Design Benefits

Among the huge assortment of fences on the modern market, I would like to highlight the picket fences that appeared hundreds of years ago, but still delight us with their qualities and excellent characteristics.

  • They can be made of different materials - wood, metal, plastic, and therefore, their diversity allows you to choose the right instance for any requirements.
  • Such designs have always been of an interesting and original appearance. You can give them a variety of shapes and colors, build a fence of any height and clearance, and therefore they fit perfectly into any landscape design and even complement it with their appearance.
  • They can be combined with any convenient base. They are in harmony with stone and brick, metal or concrete base. This characteristic will allow you to quickly realize your own fantasies about a beautiful and fashionable fencing of the territory.
  • Such fences are quite durable and reliable, which is very important when fencing the territory of a summer residence or a suburban area. Providing the design with quality care and prevention, you can significantly extend the life of the fence.
  • The installation is not very complicated, and therefore you can save a lot if you want to do it yourself, and not with the participation of expensive professionals.
  • Care of the fence is the annual painting or just fixing defects that have arisen due to mechanical stress or atmospheric effects. It is very simple and fast, and most importantly, not expensive.

What are picket fence

At the moment, in the market for such products, you can find many options that have the qualities and advantages described in the previous section. We will consider only some of them, the most popular and most often bought for fencing summer cottages.

From wood

Each of us knows what a wooden picket fence is and how it looks harmoniously around a garden or summer cottage. Such fences are very often used in villages, where their number clearly prevails over other fences.

Installation of the structure is very fast, and every owner will cope with it. We will consider the procedure below.

Wooden picket fence is very beautiful and unpretentious in the care, it can be used in the country, as the main fence, or even in the form of a delimiter of the territory. Often it can be used to enclose flower beds, supplement the space around small architectural forms, and separate the household courtyard from the main one.

From metal

A more reliable and durable fence, when compared with a wooden fence, and therefore is increasingly used to protect private areas. This option is somewhat cheaper than sectional, metal and forged, and therefore it is becoming increasingly popular among the country's population.

Installation of fencing made of iron picket occurs on special posts or foundations, it can also be made on stone, brick or concrete. It’s not necessary to use expensive craftsmen for installation, just choose your free time, and you can save a lot. The only thing you need is a professional tool - a grinder, a drill, a welding machine. But it is not necessary to buy it, if you do not plan to acquire such expensive equipment, it is enough to simply rent a tool until you finish the installation. You can also build a stacked fence from a metal fence, but here there will be a little more worries and time costs. You will have to separately purchase the materials for the foundation, the supporting beams (profile pipe or metal corner), the metal fence, certain tools and consumables, as well as assemble it all together with your own hands.

Such fences beautifully complement any well-groomed territory and for many years have served not only as reliable and durable, but also as an element of the site that is definitely in harmony with the garden, lawn and other summer cottage territories.

From corrugated board

A relatively inexpensive and fairly popular fence, which can now be seen around so many summer houses. The option is quite interesting and original, but we do not undertake to call it reliable, since the small thickness of the metal allows you to quickly spoil the sections.

Installation of the structure is carried out by professional teams, but you can try to install it on your own, for the sake of some savings and personal experience that may come in handy in the future. Installation takes place almost in the same way as with the main majority of fences - on posts, beams or a special foundation of stone, brick, concrete. In the case, as with a fence made of metal picket fence, you can always use ready-made sections for fencing or pick up the fence yourself. Here it is already worth choosing depending on the price, the amount of free time and your own capabilities.

Made of plastic

Plastic fences are not only in demand, but even surpass other fences in some regions of our country in terms of sales. Of course, in an ordinary summer house, where we plant vegetables and fruits, sometimes we grow flowers and relax, it will be useless, but around the cottage, where there are many flower beds and a young garden, special places for rest and small architectural forms adorn the lawn will look perfect.

It is better to entrust the installation of a fence of this kind to professionals, for example, to order installation at the point of purchase. Such organizations are always equipped with teams that travel to the place and easily install more than 30-40 meters of such fencing during the day. They have in their arsenal all the necessary tools and accessories, experience and skills. Do-it-yourself installation can entail additional costs, since a plastic picket fence for a fence is a new topic, and it can be problematic to properly fix it to the base without any knowledge.

Plastic fences are ideal for the garden, recreation area and almost every summer cottage area, where landscaping is being established and your own plot takes the form of not a labor and recreation camp, but namely a territory for a pleasant pastime.

When choosing a fence, be sure to ensure that sections or typesetting not only meet standard quality requirements, but also harmoniously fit into the landscape design of a summer cottage. You yourself perfectly understand that a reliable and durable, but extremely unsuccessful outwardly fence, will not please you and your family.

Wooden picket fence: erection

And now, as promised earlier, we will try to talk in detail about how to build a fence from a picket fence with our own hands. For example, we decided to choose a wooden fence, and right now we will fully describe the algorithm for its installation around the summer cottage.

Picket picker

The options for such fences are very diverse and, even in the category of wood products, you can find more than two dozen options that are in demand. It is precisely among them that you need to decide. How to do this, we will describe in just a few lines. Firstly, it is necessary to rely not only on the requirements for wood quality, strength and reliability, which is important, but also to see how well the fence will fit into the overall picture of the cottage. Next, be sure to determine the size, which is worth doing before you go shopping, choose the height and width of each element, its shape and general format. And finally, choose the product in accordance with the budget and personal requirements - color, texture, wood grade and so on.

Preparation before installation

Initially, you need to determine exactly where and in which direction the fence line will go. Next, be sure to clean it of possible debris, shrubs and tree branches that interfere with planting, weeds and grass. Now that the territory is prepared, it is necessary to outline the direction of the fence in accordance with the dimensions, pull on the beacons and so on. When all such processes are completed, we proceed directly to the installation.

Installation work

Starting with the layout of the first section, determine in which places the supporting posts will be installed. They can be made of concrete, metal, wood, laid out of brick or stone, but this is not important, but a clear and even distance between them, where the finished sections will be installed or a fence made up of individual elements - load-bearing and picket.

Now, you need to install the columns. For the most part, they are installed by pouring cement-sand mortar. To add strength, the columns can be made with additional base-stops, which will go to the sides and, after pouring concrete and backfilling with earth, will not wobble. Bearing installation takes place in several stages - preparation of pits for poles, installation of poles in them, alignment vertically, horizontally and angle, pouring concrete, adjusting and filling with earth after drying.

After the columns are evenly spaced along the course line of the country fence, it is necessary to mount the supporting beams between them. Most often, this is a wooden beam, which is simply fixed between the posts on bolts, screws and even nails. A wooden picket is neatly and evenly attached to the carriers. In order for it to be installed evenly, we recommend that you stretch the thread along the height of the fence and try to set the trims with the same clearance.

With sectional fences, everything is a little simpler, since you will not need to spend time on a separate installation of carriers, alignment, fixing the slats and other work. It is enough to drive out the sections by level and install them between the supporting columns. But, this method will save only time, but not your expenses, so think carefully what is more expensive, time or money.

Now, when the fence stands on the posts and is securely fixed, it remains only to process it and protect it from atmospheric phenomena, paint or open with varnish. We will also leave this to your personal discretion, since each owner has his own views on a similar finish. You can choose stain and varnish, drying oil and paint, or treatment with antiseptics and painting with weather-resistant compounds.

Video about installing a fence from a picket fence

We hope that this short guide will help you not only to choose beautiful ready-made fence fences, but also to do it yourself.


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