DIY: How to Build A Privacy Fence

Have you recently moved into a new home here in Blue Ash? As you’re busy making your house your home and working on upgrades, you may be considering installing a backyard privacy fence. This is not a task for the faint of heart, however with the proper tools, instructions, and resources it’s definitely possible to do yourself. Here at Handyman Connection of Blue Ash, we’re here to help with any and all of your home maintenance needs, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed with taking on this task yourself, be sure to give us a call and we can talk through the process and provide an estimate.

If you’re thinking about tackling it yourself, here are a few simple steps in making it happen.

  1. Plan and Map Out

Make sure that the height of the fence will actually address your concern of staying private. Standard fences are 6 feet tall, but if you can get by with a 4-foot fence that will save money. On the contrary, you may need to go taller to ensure privacy. If the layout isn’t coming along exactly as you intended, consider adding some shrubs or plants to help achieve your goal of privacy. Additionally, and depending on your neighborhood, you may need to apply for a permit as well.

  1. Find Property Lines and Lay Out Spacing

Make sure to be extra careful at finding your property lines as this can cause major headaches down the road if you don’t get it 100% accurate. Check with the Blue Ash City Hall or another similar entity to get the most accurate map of your property upon purchase, if you don’t already have one.

As you’re examining property lines, make sure to find your iron property stakes as well. This will help guide your spacing and help build the framework for the layout of the fence. You can use a string to lie out the lines and help guide you after you’ve determined the property lines and spacing.

  1. Don’t Forget the Gates & Materials

Don’t forget to plan to include at least 1 or 2 gates so that you can easily access the area from multiple sides of the yard. Take a trip to the supply store to pick up all of the materials that you’ll need. If you’re not sure the right amount, talk to someone, show them the dimensions, and have a professional help determine what you need with you. That’s what they’re there for.

  1. Time to Build

There are some great step-by-step instruction guides you can find online or in hardware supply stores that will help illustrate the detailed process of building the fence. The crew at Handyman Connection of Blue Ash would encourage you to find the best one that suits your design, so that we don’t tell you the wrong process to follow.

If you have questions about where to start, be sure to give us a call as we’re here to help with any and all of your home maintenance needs here in Blue Ash.


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