Installing a Wood Privacy Fence in your Backyard

Many people want privacy in their backyards, but without removing the neighbor’s chain-link fence.  There are options to consider.

The easiest way to achieve this is to install a privacy fence right up next to the existing fence.  The main drawback is losing a foot or so of your backyard along the fence.

Another thing that will change is the way in which it is installed: the finished fence will be installed backwards.

The pickets will face your own backyard, as opposed to facing the neighbor.  This is pretty much standard installation practice for a home that has an existing chain-link fence.  The fasteners will be located on the inside of your property.

For a long-lasting wooden fence installation, the fasteners we use are 3-inch deck screws instead of nails.

If nails are used, they should be the hot-dipped galvanized type, preferably ring-shank, so they will not back away from the wood.

The beginning of the job will begin with digging holes for your fence posts.  To get them absolutely straight, we will utilize stake and mason’s line, strung along the entire layout of the property, which will indicate the post fronts.

Once laid out, the post holes get dug down 24 inches deep.  Before placing a post, we will add 2-3 inches of drainage gravel, then level each post on the front and the sides, while adding fast-setting concrete.

The next step is to install pre-fabricated fence panels.  Depending on your project, there may need to be some excavation of the existing soil, to give you a completely straight fence line, when viewing the installation from the top fence pickets.

Another type of installation is using a “stair-step” method.  Sloped areas will get a completely leveled panel, resembling stairs going up the yard’s grade.  It really depends on what you think is the best outcome for your project.

Otherwise we like to follow the terrain, giving your installation a “cohesive” appearance.

The last part is creating you a gate for the entrance.  You may wish to install a chain link entrance, which will help prevent sag, however, we will build you a custom gate out of the existing wood fencing, which makes everything match.

We strengthen the gate so it will never sag.  Again, it depends on the look you’re trying to achieve.  You should let your pressure-treated fence dry from 30 days to several months before staining, if so desired.

To determine if a fence is ready to be painted or stained, we’ll do a “water bead” test.  This is done by dropping water on the fence or deck.  If it beads up, the fence is not ready.  If the water gets absorbed into the fence, then it is ready for stain.  With proper hardware, the gate and fence will last you at least 20 years or so.

Call or email us today for your free estimate for a wood privacy fence in the Detroit area

Call Handyservices Construction & Home Improvement at (313) 277-9829 today, for a free in-home estimate.