Installing any type of fence is a big project to take on. It would serve you well to have at least two people help you with this project. It will take at least two people when it comes time to set the post.
Preparing for the Build
Before you even start getting the materials, make sure you do your homework and know where the property line is. You do not want to build past the property line. Check any local build codes you may need to adjust to those codes. Call 811 or the local number before you excavate to see if there are any pipes or wires buried where you are excavating. It will avoid a possible accident and costly fines.
Get the Materials
The basic materials and tools you need are
1. 2X4 pressure treated
2. 4X4 pressure treated
3. Fence pickets
4. Bags of concrete mix
5. Decking screws
6. Power drill
8. Measuring Tape
10. Manual or gas powered post hole digger
The length of the boards and screws are up to you. I went with an 8-foot board/posts and 6-foot fence pickets. It also takes one 50-pound bag of fast setting concrete mix per hole plus 2-inch and 3½-inch screws.
Setting the Post
First, you have to dig the hole at least two feet deep. It should also be about a foot in diameter. Place a 4×4 in the middle of the hole. Mix a bag of concrete with water and pour it in the hole. Prod cement with a stick or small board to get rid of any air pockets. It should dry in about ½ hour. Check that the post is level on all sides. Repeat the step on all the holes you need. The distance between each post should be between six and eight feet. If you need help with lining up the posts, take a string and staple it on both sides of the post. Pull it tight and affix it to where the fence will end.
Install 2×4 Rails and Pickets
After the cement has dried, you can start installing the rails. There are a few ways to install rails. I took 8-foot 2X4 and had them cut to about seven feet in length. Then take the extra foot you cut off and cut it into 6-inch pieces. Add the pieces flat against the post and insert 3-inch screws on both sides. Screw in the 2X4 to the top of the 6-inch piece. Repeat this for the full length of the fence. You need a rail at the top, bottom, and maybe the middle for taller fences. Now fasten the pickets with 2-inch screws to the rails. You can add your own design and style for the pickets. Adjust to what you want and can do under the guidelines you are given.