New Picket Fence

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We had to replace a rotting picket fence. Luckily the 4 x 4s cemented into the ground were still very much in tact and so that definitely made it easier to put up the new fence sections.

Plan ahead measure and decide how many fence sections you will need to order.

Step 1: Remove and discard old fence panels

Step 2: Unload measure and cut sections if there is a need for it. There was for us a few cuts to fit the panels in.

Step 3: Screw panel sections onto the posts

Step 4: Let the fence panels dry as the treated wood will need to be dry in order to paint.

Step 5: Paint the fence panels

Panels Attached drying for future painting

Hey, y'all! I was so happy to have the picket fence sections replaced. Yes, I know we must be rich right? The cost of lumber these days makes one jump not step back! But, this has been a long time coming. We had to make a decision about the thing. Were we going to let it fall down one picket at a time or were we finally going to replace it?

This was done in July. We are letting it dry out before priming and painting. I can't wait to see the finished project. For now, it is a work in progress.

Steps 1-2 Remove old Unload prepare new panel

It is amazing just what you can do from the comfort of your own home. I ordered the fence panels from Lowes and these two picked it up.

We've been doing lots of things from home for the last year and a half. I've always been a homebody, guess I get that from my daddy, but lately, it has become more apparent. Guess that trait comes in handy these days!

We left the 4 x 4s in the ground of course they are fine and makes sense to reuse them.

Step 2 --Make a Few Cuts to Fit if needed

These three are hard at work

The panels are different in size than the older ones we are replacing. They had to measure and cut them to fit the posts.

Cutting more panels to fit

I'm thankful to have these two to do this!

Step 3: Screwing new panels onto posts

Getting the panels up and going on around the old fence posts that will still function for years. If you are installing new fencing you will have to put down posts to hold the panels in place.

Step 3 Still adding more panels

Making progress.

They have the front left panels up now.

This is the white rose garden although at this moment it sure doesn't look like it

Step 4 Panels up and now drying for painting.

I'm going to love this look at the view!

Step 5 comes soon Painting the panels next.

I'll have to update after painting but that is all there is to replacing. We had an easier job although these two did work pretty hard and I'm thankful.

Catie making sure all is level

Up and next step will be 5: Painting.

The area immediately looks larger with the fence up!

Two hard workers who love their mom!

Thanks to Doug and Catie for all the hard work on such a hot day

It Looks Good Y'all!

Suggested materials:
  • Panels   (Lowes)
  • Screws   (Lowes)
  • Outdoor Fence Paint   (Lowes)
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  • Dolly of Hibiscus House Dolly of Hibiscus House on Dec 29, 2021

    You are so right Happy Days Hometalker! Comes in handy for sure at times! Happy New Year to you!

  • Teri Vinson Teri Vinson on Jan 04, 2022

    I recently had to replace a picket fence because a tree had fallen on my old one. I had to keep my two chi babies safe, but found that the pickets are too far apart to keep them in. I plan on putting 1/1 strips in between the pickets to do this, but it will have to wait till spring now.

    • Dolly of Hibiscus House Dolly of Hibiscus House on Jan 04, 2022

      I'm so sorry that they won't work for your purposes to protect your little chi babies. I can tell you that I myself noticed they are built differently and don't like as well as my older panels.

      I hope your strips work well and will keep the little ones in and safe.

      Thanks for sharing.