How to install a picket fence
How much fencing is required?
Garden Picket Fencing can either be bought in 1.8m fence panels, or you can buy the individual picket pales and fence rails to put together yourself. If you would like to put it together using ready made panels, just divide the distance you would like to cover by 1.8m. Garden Panels can be cut to size if required. If you are using individual picket pales, then you will need to decide how much gap you would like to leave between each picket pale. Our wooden pickets are 75mm in width and the most common choice is to leave a 75mm gap between each one. Therefore if you take the total distance in cm and divide by 15, that will give you the amount of pales you require. Timber fence rails are usually in 1.8m lengths and you will require 2 rails per panel.
THE FENCE POSTS
I would recommend erecting the picket fence on 75x75mm treated fence posts with 900mm high picket fencing and use a 2.4m long post cut into two. For the 1200mm high fencing use a 1.8m long fence post. When cutting the timber post make sure that the cut end is situated upper most and not buried in the ground and be sure to treat the tops of the posts with end coat so that the posts have a long life.
When building the garden picket fence the posts are set behind the panels, the panels are butted up and nailed or screwed to the front face of the post, I found that Sitemate decking screws were an ideal product to fix the picket fencing panels to the fence posts; allow 8 screws per panel.
TO CUT OR NOT TO CUT?
If the picket fence panels are used without cutting and are butted together it leaves just the right amount of room for one individual pailing to be fixed over the top of the joint in front of the post. While don’t currently sell matching additional loose fence pailings, you may well have some available from cutting down a panel or choose to purchase an extra panel. However if this is not the case don’t worry because the fencing works just as well when the ends of the picket fence panels rails are trimmed back by approximately 35mm each. This will ensure that the spacings between the panels are just right.
HOW FAR OUT OF THE GROUND WILL THE POSTS BE?
It is recommended that you allow 50mm between the ground and the underside of the wooden picket fence panel and is also recommended you stop the fence post well short of the top of the panel, in fact just above the top rail, this will mean that for a 900mm high picket fencing panel the posts are approximately 800mm above the ground.
THE STEPS TO ERECT A TIMBER PICKET FENCE
Decide if you will be using the picket fencing panels at full length or trimmed back.
Lay the panels on the ground adjacent to the fence line to establish the positions for the posts.
Set up a string line if required to get the fencing straight.
Dig the fence post holes, concrete the first post into the ground using Post Mix
Fix the picket fencing panel to that first post, support the panel with a block of timber under to get the panel level and concrete in the next post in the right position for the panel and proceed along the fence line fixing one panel at a time.
PICKET FENCING GATES
A matching wooden picket gate for your picket fence can be purchased from the Group online shop. We can also supply a pedestrian gate hinge set which includes the hinges, latch and bolt you need to hang the picket gate. It is recommended that you use a 100mm timber post for the garden gate. The gate post is unlike the fence posts to the full height of the fence so for a 900 high picket fence use a 1.5metre long 100×100 timber post. The adjacent garden picket fencing panels will fix to the front face of the gate post and the gate will fix to the rear face of the gate post. Don’t forget to fit the gate stop timber batten to prevent damage to the gate latch.
All garden picket fencing, wooden picket gates and timber fence posts are available from Ruby Group’s online store.