How to Build a Horizontal Fence: A DIY Guide


Building a fence can be a great way to increase the value of your property. If you are looking for an easy, inexpensive DIY project that will also add privacy and security to your home, then this is it! In this article we will discuss how to build a horizontal fence using materials such as cedar boards, posts, brackets and nails.

This tutorial contains steps on measuring and cutting cedar boards as well as calculating the number of posts required.

Select The Type Of Material To Use

Building a horizontal fence can be done with materials that are not only affordable but also aesthetically pleasing. Cedar boards and posts create the perfect combo for this type of project because they both have natural insulating qualities as well as being sturdy enough to withstand any weather conditions in your region. Typically two or three cedar boards will cover an average length of fencing (e.g., 100ft).

These are what you are going to need when building a cedar horizontal fence:

  • Cedar boards;
  • Posts;
  • Brackets;

Measuring and Cutting Boards

The first step in building a DIY horizontal fence is to measure out your materials, then use a saw or power tool to cut them into desired lengths.

If you are using a circular saw, remember to clamp down the material before cutting. This will help prevent any slippage or movement while cutting.

Measuring And Cutting Posts

The number of posts required depends on how wide you want your horizontal fence to be – typically a post every four feet works well for most sizes of fences. To measure and cut your posts, use a tape measure to find the distance between your desired spacing, then use a power tool or saw (depending on what you are using) to cut them into lengths that match this measurement.

Once all of your posts have been cut and measured out, assemble them together with brackets in order to prevent any slipping while assembly. If you are working outside, make sure it is level if possible – otherwise leveling will be an extra step that may require additional tools.

Installing Posts

We recommend using a posthole digger to install posts. The holes should be dug at least 12” deep, and the bottom of the post should sit level with the ground.

Place one end into the hole and push down on top until it is secure in place – this will ensure it does not lean or moves out of position over time.

If you are installing an angled fence (e.g., 45 degrees), make sure that both ends of your horizontal boards are securely braced against vertical supports so they do not slide outward towards each other as you attach them to your brackets.

Installing Brackets

It is best to use brackets when attaching boards horizontally, which is an inexpensive option with many benefits including sturdiness, ease of installation, and reduced risk of warping over time.

Installing Brackets (the horizontal pieces) on top of posts with nails/screws. There should be brackets every other post for strength and stability; make sure the bracket faces out from the fence if it is installed horizontally.

Installing Boards Onto Brackets

The last step is installing your boards onto brackets by nailing them into place with nails or screws…and voila! You’ve made an inexpensive DIY Horizontal Fence!

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