8 Essential Tools for Fence Building


Looking to install a fence yourself? We want you to be prepared, so let us clue you in on the most important DIY fence installation tools you will need to have with you when you complete your project. You can find all of these items at your local hardware store. If you do not wish to purchase some of the larger tools for fence building, you may only use them once, consider renting from one of the larger hardware stores, such as Home Depot. We hope you will find this list helpful as you plan for your next DIY fence project!



String Line – The best way to ensure your fence lines are straight is by running a string line. Do this by setting two end posts in a given section (from corner to corner or end post to end post), then attaching the string with nails to the posts. Run the string as taut as possible from one end to the other and set the middle posts according to that straight line. A string line can also be used to ensure the top of your fence is straight and the same height down the line. Simply tie the string on each end where you want the tops of the pickets or boards to reach, and install each picket accordingly.

Hammer/Nail Gun -You will need one of these tools to put your fence together. A nail gun is quick and efficient, but a hammer can be more versatile, not to mention inexpensive and commonly found. Hammers can also be used to  install wire mesh on fences, which requires staples instead of nails. Consider obtaining whichever tool you will be comfortable with using throughout you entire DIY project.

Digging bar – A digging bar is used for breaking up hard dirt and rocky areas when digging post holes. It is also the primary tool used for tamping dirt and concrete when setting posts. If used properly, it can guarantee a good, compact set on each post.

Level – Always keep a level on hand to make sure your posts and pickets are plum, and your rails are level with one another. This will greatly impact the end result.

Post Hole Digger – Whether manual or powered, it is extremely important to use a post hole digger when building a fence. Post holes must be dug anywhere from 2’- 3’ deep, depending on the style of fence you are constructing. A simple shovel is not the best tool to use for digging post holes. A post hole digger will provide efficient, narrow, perfect holes for your fence posts.

Tape measure – Use a tape measure to make sure your holes are deep enough, your sections are the same size, your gate spaces are the right size, etc. It is essential to keep a tape measure with you throughout your fence installation project. Measure twice, install once!

Circular Saw- A battery powered circular saw is one of the best tools you can have on site with you during your fence installation project. It a very efficient tool used for custom cutting boards, rails, and posts, and for cutting decorative features into your fence.

CRAFTSMAN V20 20-volt Max 6-1/2-in Cordless Circular Saw Kit (1-Battery & Charger Included) in the Circular Saws department at Lowes.com

Drill – A drill is required when installing a gate in your fence line. Latches and hinges must be installed with screws, and for that you need a powered driver, such as a drill.

Hammer Drills | CRAFTSMAN



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