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How to Install a Vinyl Picket Fence

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Install a Vinyl Picket Fence to Accent or Surround Your Yard and Coordinate with the House and Porch Rails

Enclose the entire yard or accent special areas with vinyl picket fence that is easy to install and guaranteed to be rot-free and never need painting. Posts are set plumb in concrete to ensure the vinyl picket fence sections rest squarely in their brackets while the gate operates smoothly. After all, good fences make good neighbors!

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measuring for the vinyl picket fence
Step 1

Mark the Vinyl Picket Fence Line and Corners

Drive stakes at the fence corners. Delineate the front and sides of the vinyl picket fence with string. Measure to ensure the strings are parallel to the curb and driveway or other landmarks in the yard.

digging post holes for the vinyl picket fence
Step 2

Position and Dig Post Holes for the Vinyl Picket Fence

Position a fence post every eight feet along the proposed vinyl picket fence line and mark each location with a stake. Use a posthole digger or power auger to drill post holes.

filling the vinyl picket fence post holes with gravel
Step 3

Pour Gravel in the Vinyl Picket Fence Post Holes

Add about six inches of gravel to the bottom of the vinyl picket fence post holes for drainage. Even though the posts are vinyl and rot-proof, water standing in the post holes can let the posts shift over time.

pouring cement into vinyl picket fence post holes
Step 4

Pour Cement into the Vinyl Picket Fence Post Holes

Pour 1.5 to 2 80-pound bags of dry concrete mix into a wheelbarrow for each vinyl picket fence post, add water, and mix with a hoe. Fill post holes with wet cement leaving several inches of top margin.

forcing the vinyl picket fence posts into the cement
Step 5

Work the Vinyl Picket Fence Posts into the Cement

Work the hollow vinyl picket fence posts into the wet cement, forcing the mixture inside as well as around them. Use a post level to ensure each post is plumb while the cement sets into hardened concrete.

positioning vinyl picket fence sections
Step 6

Determine Positions for Vinyl Picket Fence Sections on Posts

Determine how far off the ground to mount the sections of vinyl picket fence. Mark locations for top and bottom rails on the posts. Position and screw the brackets to the posts and the picket sections to the brackets.

leveling the vinyl picket fence section
Step 7

Mount and Level the Remaining Posts and Vinyl Picket Fence

Set the next post plumb in its hole with gravel and cement. Position and mount the brackets. Add the vinyl picket fence section and ensure it is level before securing it to the brackets with screws. Repeat as necessary.

gluing finials to the vinyl picket fence posts
Step 8

Top the Vinyl Picket Fence Posts with Finials

Cut the post tops to the correct height using a circular saw and a handsaw. Use PVC adhesive to glue the top decorative top, also called a finial, to the vinyl picket fence posts.

mounting the hinge on the vinyl picket fence gate
Step 9

Mount the Gate in the Vinyl Picket Fence

Mount the remaining vinyl picket fence sections and posts on either side of the gate, ensuring posts are plumb and leave enough space for the gate section. Install provided hinge and latch hardware with bolts and screws.

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