How to build a fence: Four steps to a smart new boundary

New wooden fence with concrete posts and paved garden
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Fed up with your old fence? Need a new one? Learn how to build a fence and you can have a new boundary sitting around your home in no time at all. Whether you are starting from scratch or replacing an existing fence the same build principles apply to the process.

The subtle differences lie in what fence type and fence posts you are using. Wooden fence posts and concrete posts are the two common choices for holding up your panels. Here we reveal their pros and cons, how to install them, how to keep your fence straight and how to fix your fence panels for a long lasting finish.  

Image fencing expert Leigh Barnes of Jackson Fencing
Leigh Barnes

Leigh has 20+ years of experience in the timber/ construction industry. Since joining Jacksons Fencing in 2019, he has been instrumental in leading the retail team, focusing on driving the timber division side of the business.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.