Fences

Learn how to install, remove and repair fences with these how-to articles and tips.

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  • Installing a Vinyl Fence

    Vinyl fences come either panelized or as board-and-rail systems. Like wood fences, they look great as long as you set the posts plumb and in a…

  • Build a Privacy Fence

    This article will help you avoid major pitfalls and costly mistakes when you're planning and installing a privacy fence. We'll show you the…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • How to Renew Wooden Fences

    Make a gray, sagging wood fence look new again. With a few simple repairs, a thorough wash with a power washer, and a nourishing coat of oil…

  • Construct a Custom Fence and Gate

    This article tells how to build a durable, good-looking fence, from start to finish. We designed it to be strong, using sandwich construction,…

  • Fence Post Repair

    Here’s how to remove a rotten fence post quickly and easily with a shovel and sledge hammer and set the replacement post so it won’t…

  • Maintenance-Free Fencing

    Learn the pros, cons and relative costs of low-maintenance exterior fences made from vinyl, steel, aluminum and composite materials, along with…

  • How to Repair a Chain Link Fence

    A damaged chain link fence rail can easily be repaired by cutting out the bad section and sliding in a new piece. Learn how from our fence…

  • Touch Up a Scuffed Vinyl Coated Chain-Link Fence

    Keep your vinyl coated chain-link fence rust-free and looking as good as new by touching up scratches and scrapes with plastic paint. Here's how…

  • How to Set Fence Posts That Won't Rot

    Did your fence posts rot at the bottom? Here's how to install new ones—and avoid the problems that made your old posts rot.

  • Replace a Section of Split Rail Fence

    To replace a rail in a split rail fence you have to first dig out a post so you can slip in the new rail. We show you how.

  • How to Build a Chain Link Kennel for Your Dog

    Follow these guidelines for building an outdoor dog kennel, including expert advice on kennel size, fencing materials, flooring, the dog house…

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