How to put up a fence: An easy step-by-step guide to installing panels and posts

Grey closeboard fencing with artificial grass, patio set and patio umbrella
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Learning how to put up a fence you will give your home a natural boundary that brings privacy and enhanced security. But the real bonus is that any competent DIYer can take on the challenge and have a brand spanking new fence erected over a weekend at a cost that won't break the bank.

Ready-made fence panels appear to be heaven-sent for DIY fans. Stick up a few posts, screw the panels to them and you’re done. This is true in theory, but to install a fence that not only looks good, but will last, you need to be concreting the posts in and making sure that you know how to paint a fence. Not only will this give added protection but also let you choose a colour you want. 

You will also need to ensure a meticulous degree of accuracy when marking out posts. Once you have concreted in a post you'll struggle to move it, and if your fence panel don't fit there's a lost of unwanted work ahead so you need to get it right. 

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.

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