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A detailed instruction on how I have constructed a Cedar Fence. You can do this yourself with the step-by-step information on this page. With some patience and work you will have built a Cedar Fence to enjoy for many years. Have fun!


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6 Basic Steps to a Cedar Lattice Fence Installation

 

1. First determine the area where fence will be built, allow for necessary set back, property line, local code etc. Run string line to mark fence line and where posts will be located. Some important tools/materials needed include: Skill saw, quickcrete, level, drill, wood screws,tape measure, L-supports, cedar pickets, 4 x 4 posts, 2x4s, 1x2s, and cedar lattice.

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2. Concrete in 4 x 4 posts along string line 8 feet apart. Keep in mind this Cedar fence is built from scratch, (if you plan to build from cedar lattice fence panels, then these guidelines can still be used, but install the panels according to manufacture instructions). Let posts set a while before continuing on, make sure they are level. Option is to use green treated posts, however cedar looks better and can be treated with sealer to make last a long time.

 

 

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3. Next start with the 2x4's, the top will need to exceed 8 feet to cover the top of the posts, the next 2 x 4 will be anchored 1 foot below the top, screws and or L-supports can be used. The third
2 x4 is attached at the bottom about 2 inches from the ground.






4. Insert Cedar fence pickets along and centered between 2x4's. 1x2's ripped or if you can find a cedar trim to secure the pickets in place. Tighten as necessary and finish screwing on the trim.

 






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5. The Cedar lattice is next, cut and install between top two 2x4's. Use same technique to center and use trim to hold in place. The cedar lattice should be no more than 12 inches tall, this allows you to cut 4 pieces from a 4x8 foot cedar lattice board. If gates are needed. Frame the cedar fence gate using same height measurements as fence but allow at least 1/2 inch gap for gate on each side for ease of opening gate. Use gate hinge/latch kit and install using instructions that come with the kit.


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6. Last is to use a protector or water sealer for a long lasting and great appearance. This should be done yearly or so the natural cedar appearance is not lost and the cedar does not gray. A an example is Thompson's water seal that keeps the natural color, use a deck type sprayer which makes it easy to apply.

Tip: I think a cedar fence can look bad if left to gray and get too weathered. Some people like the weathered gray, but natural cedar color looks too good to lose. The Sun does the most damage to the cedar, if the fence is in a sunny area, more UV and sealer may be needed. I would recommend the water sealer applied yearly, if you want to keep the cedar looking great!

Article Author: Hildebrand Construction

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