How to Build a Kentucky Fence
A Kentucky fence is a common name for fences used on ranches or along pastures or hay fields. A Kentucky fence is also commonly referred to as a wooden horse fence or a paddock fence. They are rustic and give a sense of country or Western charm to any landscape or home.
Building your own Kentucky fence is not as difficult as you may think, and is an excellent DIY project. Depending on the size of the area to be fenced, the job may be completed in a day or over several weekends. However, regardless of how big an area you want to fence in, this simple how-to article will show you everything you need to know to build your own Kentucky fence.
Step 1- Measure and Mark the Line for the Kentucky Fence
Step 2 - Dig Post Holes for the Fence
Use the post hole diggers or hole auger to dig the holes for your posts. When digging the holes, make sure that the holes are at least 24 inches deep to provide adequate support for your fence.
Step 3 - Mix Concrete
Follow the directions on the bag of concrete mix and mix it in your wheelbarrow with a shovel. Then, push the wheelbarrow to the location of your first post hole.
Step 4 - Insert Fence Posts
Begin inserting the fence posts into the holes you dug with the post hole diggers.
Step 5 - Secure Fence Posts
After you finish placing all of the posts in the holes, you can begin securing the posts. Insert gravel at the bottom of the hole and use it to help stand the fence post upright. Then pour concrete into the hole to secure it. However, before the concrete begins to set, make sure to use your level to make sure that the fence post is straight up and down and at a true 90 degree angle. Allow the concrete to completely dry before continuing.
Step 6 - Attach Fence Rails
Measure up from the ground about 6 to 8 inches and nail your first rail to the first fence post. Then, nail the rail to the second fence post. Then place your second and third rails at equal intervals so that they appear uniform on your Kentucky fence. Continue placing and nailing rails until you have finished constructing your fence.
Step 7 - Make Post Tops Even
Take a saw and cut the top of the first fence post to an appropriate height. Then, take a roll of string or twine and pull it across the tops of the other fence posts. This will help you create an imaginary cutting line you can use to make the tops of the fence posts even. Simply use your saw to cut off the tops of the posts so that they appear uniform in height.
Step 8 - Paint or Stain Fence
Paint or stain the fence with the finish of your choice.