How to Install a Vinyl Fence

Installation of a vinyl fence is an easy do-it-yourself project for those that like to save a little money by completing projects themselves.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:

  1. Hardware that the fence instructions recommend
  2. Shovel
  3. Rope and Small Stakes
  4. Adhesive
  5. Screwdrivers

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Step 1:

Check with your community and other organizations to get the proper approval to add a fence.

Step 2:

Begin by assembling the gates you plan to use and deciding upon a location for them.

Step 3:

Stake out your property. Decide where you want to put the fence and mark the post locations, the fence line and gate. Measure and mark the distance between the posts so that the fence sections will fit between the posts.

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Step 4:

Dig a hole down to the frost line or about 30 inches deep into the ground. Keep in mind that the average hole size for 5×5 posts is 12 feet.

Step 5:

Dig a second hole similar to the first hole. Check that the holes are clean and are aligned so that the fence section will be straight. Measure the distance again before digging.

Step 6:

Place the first post into the hole after accounting for and adjusting the height of the post for the fence section. Center the post and fill in the hole around the post with concrete mix. Double-check to make sure the post is level and squared off before the concrete dries.

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Step 7:

Install the bottom rail to the first post. Tape the ends of the bottom rail to prevent concrete seepage from the post’s hole. Insert locking rings into the end of each rail. Press the locking ring tabs and insert the rail into the post. Let go of the tabs once the rail and post are in place. Place a support bracer in the middle of the bottom rail.

Step 8:

Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the second post. If needed, insert blocks under the bottom rail to ensure the position is correct.

Step 9:

Insert the middle rail into the posts. Make sure that the holes are facing downward when you place the middle rail.

Step 10:

Place the section’s pickets into the routed holes on the bottom rail. Temporarily disconnect the middle rail from the posts. Install the top rail after you place the pickets then insert the middle and top rails back into the posts.

Step 11:

Secure the rails by checking for even picket spacing on the end of each rail, then using a screw (sized based on the individual fence instructions) to connect the rails and posts. Level the middle rail as well and secure the same way.

Step 12:

Repeat this process for the next sections.

Step 13:

Hang the gate according to the instructions provided in the hardware box. The instructions may vary according to the manufacturer. Remember to position the gate between posts and allow a gap for the hinge, latch and gate swing. Make sure the posts are level and that you mount the gate hardware to the posts. Solidify the gates posts using the method recommended by the gate manufacturer.

Step 14:

Install caps on each of the posts. Use glue or another adhesive, screws, caps and washers included with your hardware.

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Tips & Warnings

Items will vary based on recommended materials included in the instructions.

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