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How to Install Vinyl Fence

Erecting a low-maintenance, long-lasting vinyl fence with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and fencing contractor Mike McLaughlin.

In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and fencing contractor Mike McLaughlin install a low-maintenance, long-lasting vinyl fence.

How to Install Vinyl Fence Posts

  1. Stretch a string across the yard to establish the fence line. Use a line level to ensure the string is level.
  2. When starting against an existing fence post or other object, dig the first fence-post hole to 32 inches deep using a manual post-hole digger.
  3. Prepare the vinyl fence posts by first cutting a pressure-treated 5x5 into 24-inch-long pieces. Insert a piece of 5x5 inside the hollow vinyl post. Secure it with galvanized screws.
  4. Mix water and concrete in a wheelbarrow.
  5. Stand fence post in hole and fill around it with concrete. Keep the concrete 2 inches below grade.
  6. Use a 4-foot level to ensure that the post is perfectly plumb.
  7. Use a power auger to dig the remaining fence-post holes.
  8. Connect the first fence panel to the post, then secure it with screws fitted with snap caps.
  9. Continue to install posts and panels to complete the run of fencing.
  10. Install the top rail, and then insert the short, square spindles. Secure the spindles with galvanized screws.
  11. Finish the fence by installing a cap to the top of each post. Secure the caps with PVC cement.

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