After this post, a lovely reader asked if we could write-up a quick post about our fence and how we made it. Always happy to answer questions, here it is.
The fence is made up of 4 inch by 4 inch by 8 foot long posts and 2 inch by 6 inch by 16 foot long lumber from Home Depot. Ben measured eight feet apart, used a post hole digger to make a 4 foot deep hole. He did this for each post, 22 total on our property. After setting each post, leaving it 4 feet above ground, we attached the 2 by 6 horizontals. These are about 4 inches apart, for a total of five high.
We staggered the seams to keep the fence as strong as possible. The gate took longer to finish because Ben couldn’t find strong hinges. But, with the impending closing date looming, we knew it had to happen, sooner than later. Ben bought a set of hinges and a latch at Home Depot.
To build the gate, Ben cut a 2 by 4 to the match the height of the horizontals. Then, he screwed five 2 by 6 pieces, keeping the gate square as he went.
On either side of the gate we have a 4 inch square post and a 2 by 4, which is actually part of the gate.
Luckily, the hinges are perfect for the 2 by 6, so Ben installed one at the top and another on the bottom to hold the gate in place.
To protect the fence and keep it looking spiffy, we use Behr’s Solid Color Wood Stain, just like the rest of the fence. So, that’s the simple fence we have and how to make one yourself.
Previously, we had a chain link fence, which Houdini, I mean Jack escaped from regularly. We’re happy to report she hasn’t been able to get out of this one. Also, this style fence can work for smaller dogs by adding 2 by 2 pieces between the 2 by 6s.
What style of fence do you have? Why did you choose it? To keep kids and pets in? To keep neighbors out?