Back in my garden fence post, I mentioned we were planning on replacing the dilapidated red privacy fence. I’m a woman of my word, and a few weeks back we replaced the section of fence behind the garden.
After a thrilling Friday night spent picking through every piece of western red cedar at the HD, we woke up bright and early and got to work.
We removed the old fence in large sections by cutting the rails free of the posts with a reciprocating saw. Most of the posts were so rotted that they easily came out. Once the old fence and posts were out, we dug holes and placed the new posts. We used these Master Halco metal posts. Wood posts eventually rot and need to be replaced. These metal posts should last a lot longer, and in my opinion are also easier to install than the typical 4×4 wood post.
Once we had to posts in their holes (level and plumb), we filled the holes with Quikrete and water and let them set for 4 hours (following the Quikrete directions). With the concrete footings set, we attached three cedar 2×4 rails to each section, making sure each was level.
Then it was time for pickets. We originally planned to alternate 5 1/2″ dog eared and 3 1/2″ flat top pickets, similar to the garden fence. But to keep it simple (and cheaper) I decided to stick with just 5 1/2″ dog eared pickets. We attached the pickets to the rails using 1 1/4″ brads and our brad nailer (the best $40 I have ever spent). We used a paint stirrer to achieve around 1/8″ spacing between pickets.
Much to my surprise we were done before 5 p.m. and it looked great. It’s really wild what a difference it makes.
I like the look of the warm wood, so I plan on sealing both the privacy fence and garden fence in early fall. It is recommended that you wait a couple of months before sealing cedar to let the natural oils dissipate.
Now, it’s on to replace the rest of the fence including the nonfunctional gate to the alley. A gate that opens? Count me in.