How to Build a Wood Fence over a Chain Link Fence

A wood fence.
  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 250-500
What You'll Need
Fence panels (pre built)
Wooden poles
Wood screws

There is a lack of privacy in your property with a chain link fence as everybody can see you sun tanning in your back yard and when people are home. Replacing a chain link fence with a wooden fence will provide more security and privacy in your home and it can be done over a weekend.

Step 1 - Measure

Measure the area of the backyard and the dimensions of the current chain link fence and then purchase the required materials needed for the project.

Consider the length, width, and height of the fence and purchase a few spare panels in case they are needed for replacement in the future. The fence may not be higher than 6 feet. Check local building rules before embarking on this project.

Step 2 - Prepare the Fence Posts

Post holes need to be dug 3.5 feet into the ground. This is where you will connect each panel. If you want the fence to stand alone behind or in front of the chain link fence, be sure to put a third of the pole into the ground to be more stable. Use gravel to fill up the hole, as it will help with drainage and cement to stabilize the posts in the hole. Hold the posts upright while the cement sets so that the poles are straight.

Step 3 - Place the Fence Panels into the Posts

Use wood screws on both sides to the fence pole to attach the first panel. Attach the wood fence to the vertical bar with the help of brackets. It is an added benefit to stabilize the wooden fence to the chain link fence, but the wooden structure that you build should be able to stand alone if you ever wanted to remove the chain link fence. Ensure that the attractive side of the wood fence looks good to the neighbors and the side with indentations and braces that can cause damage faces toward the other fence to create a smooth look.

Step 4 - Inspect

After you have hit the final nail on the head and aligned the poles, it is critical to check the finished product to ensure that the fence is straight and the panels are the same height. If there are certain parts that are higher than others, use a saw to cut off the protruding tops of the panels to create uniformity.

If you would rather remove the chain link fence, it is best to do it before starting work unless you want to use the chain link fence as a reference so that the wooden fence is not skew or misaligned. If there is time, you can paint or varnish the fence to make it look more appealing, but most wooden fences look good already. Use 100-grit sandpaper to make the wood panels look better. Feel free to walk around in your fenced garden with the confidence that nobody will be able to see you. This new fence will improve the privacy and safety of your home.