Step 5: Rack the panel

Racking the panel
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Lift the panel vertically and lightly drop the end of the bottom rail on the ground or a wood block.

Turn the panel end-for-end an ddrop the end of the top rail in the same spot.

Repeat on both ends until the panel "gives".

Refit the rails to the post, then rack the panel so the pickets are vertical and their bottoms are 2 to 5 inches off the ground. Prop up free end with a wood wedge.

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    Tools List

    • four-foot level
      Level
    • post hole digger
      Gibbs posthole digger,
      for digging 10-inch-wide holes 32 inches deep
    • mason's line
      Mason's line
    • seven-foot tamping bar
      7-foot tamping bar (or a 6-foot 2x4
    • pointed shovel
      Shovel
    • 7 foot digging bar
      7-foot digging bar,
      use flat end to cut roots; pointed end to pry out rocks
    • drill
      Drill/driver,
      for screwing through posts into rails
    • circular saw
      Circular saw,
      for trimming posts and panels, if necessary
    • tarp
      Tarp,
      to hold soil dug from postholes
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure

    Shopping List

    1. FENCING

    2. FENCE POSTS

    3. 2 1/2-INCH GALVANIZED SCREWS

    for attaching fence rails to posts



    4. WOOD WEDGES FOR PROPPING PANELS IN A LEVEL POSITION