How to Attach Wood Fence Panels

Wood fence and metal gate
  • 3-30 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-1,500
What You'll Need
Post hole digger
Nails or screws
Concrete mix
Wooden stakes
Fencing and wood posts
Concrete trowel

Knowing how to build wood fence panels can save you a lot of money in labor costs. Although it is not a difficult project to complete, it is necessary to have a helper to assist you in moving and setting the fence panels and installing the fence posts. Once the posts are set, installing the fence can be accomplished in an afternoon.

Step 1 - Plan

Most fencing systems use the same general theories to construct a fence, but the materials and construction methods used may vary. Fencing systems that use fencing panels are easiest to install. These fencing systems are usually made of wood attached to metal posts to prevent rot. When choosing a fence, the intended function of the fence should be seriously and carefully considered.

Is the fence you plan to install intended to provide a barrier to keep animals or small children within? Is it intended to provide an added sense of privacy? Does it need to keep animals out? The answers to these questions will help determine the kind of fence needed.

Fences can cost a significant amount of money. The budget for your fence and the time you spent maintaining the fence are also very important issues to consider and address. While wood fences may be less expensive initially, the cost to maintain a wood fence accumulates over time. Painting or staining the fence are also things to consider.

Step 2 - Set the Fence Posts in Concrete

cedar post installed into concrete

It is important to set the fence posts properly. The proper setting of the posts has the greatest impact on the appearance of the finished fence. If the posts are crooked, so too will be the fence. It takes time for the fence post concrete to harden completely, so give yourself a few days to allow for that to occur before you attach the fence to the posts. Fence posts should be spaced at either six or eight feet on center and usually one third of the total length of the post should be buried underground.

Use a post hole digger to dig to the necessary depth of the hole. Use stakes to mark each post's intended location before digging. Set posts in concrete as follows. Mix the concrete according to the manufacturer's instructions. Have an assistant hold the pole in place while you shovel the concrete into the hole. When the hole has been filled with concrete around the pole, use a trowel to build up some concrete around it to help prevent water damage. Pack the area around the post well with soil.

Step 3 - Attach the Fencing Panels

Wood fencing panels are attached to metal poles using a U shaped fencing clip. To install the panels, have your assistant hold the panel into place. Then, place the U shaped fencing clip around the metal pole and onto one of the vertical support pieces of the panel. Screw it into place with screws, or nail into place. Paint, stain, or seal the wood to prevent it from weathering.