Fences

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

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.

Fences projects

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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…

  • 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.

  • 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,…

  • 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.

  • Deck Privacy Fence

    Convert a deck railing into a handsome privacy screen and block nosy neighbors, unsightly views, wind and noise. It's easy to build and will…