Lesson Learned: About six months after installing the pickets, we both agreed that if we were to build again, we would overlap the first row of pickets 1 inch on either side. instead of half an inch The current boards have shrunk a bit and some have small gaps which allow visibility into the yard if you are standing about 5 feet from the fence. Allowing for more time for the boards to cure may have been another option. We waited one month from the time of purchase before installing the pickets.
|First row of pickets installed|
|Second row of overlapping pickets installed|
To save time, The Mister installed all of the pickets in a section minus the last two. These two pickets he would have to trim to size so he pulled out the saw to complete them over a weekend. It took about two weeks of installing pickets before work, during lunch, and after work to complete.
Each of the corners of our property sits a large tree. During the post installation, we set the posts in from the corner about five feet. This created a 45 degree angle from the corner post to the next. The brackets we used were great for posts in line with one another, but not for 45 degree angles. To install the corner rails, The Mister measured and notched the rail on both ends. After making sure the rail fit snugly and was level, he then secured the rail with screws on both sides. Here's where I failed in taking pictures, I only have an after photo of the pickets installed on the rails.
|Notched 2x4 Rail|
|Notched Rail installed on 4x4|
|Angled corner view from inside the fence|
Dressing up the Fence