How to Install Wood Fence Panels

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  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-100
What You'll Need
Galvanized nails
Nail gun or hammer
Panels that match wooden fence
Measuring tape
A partner
A stand

Installing a wood fence is a beautiful way to add extra security to your yard. Plus, the installation process is quick and easy. To begin, check out these few steps.

Step 1 – Preparing Your Posts

Before installing the wooden fence, make sure that you have already installed sturdy fence posts. If the posts are older or not sturdy, you can add extra concrete around the posts. If you’ve just installed the posts, you should wait a few days before installing the panels, so that the cement can have time to set.

You also should have already installed the wood backing that you will install the panels on. This backing should go from post to post horizontally.

Step 2 – Purchasing the Panels

When purchasing your fence panels, make sure they match with your posts you’ve already installed. The best way to do this is to bring a post with you when you’re shopping for panels. In addition, measure the posts and fence already installed, so that you know what size and how many panels you need to purchase.

Alternatively, build your own wood fence panels. Though it will take more time and effort, building your own panels will save you money.

Step 3 – Installing the Panels

Before installing the panels, recruit a friend to help you complete the project. This person will help hold the panels up evenly. Your helper can also use a level to ensure the panels are straight before you install them. In addition, you can use a stand under each panel to ensure the panels are an even length from the ground before installing them.

Fasten the first panel to the posts and the wood backing with galvanized nails and a hammer or nail gun. Make sure someone is holding up the panels and supporting them while you're nailing them down. Continue doing this until all panels have been installed. Remember to leave room to build a wooden gate if you want an entrance and exit point.

Step 4 – Staining the Panels

If the area you’ve installed the panels could be exposed to rain or snow, you should stain or finish the fence to ensure it doesn’t rot.