A picket fence being sanded, with green grass and blue sky in the background.
A picket fence being sanded, with green grass and blue sky in the background.

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What do picket fencing services include?

Picket fencing installation services generally include the entire process, from marking the fenced area to hanging up the gate. This covers bringing the necessary tools for the job. 

Some Taskers may offer related services, such as purchasing the materials from the hardware store on your behalf, talking with utility companies to make sure they don’t hit your water or power lines, and even processing the building permits. When it comes to the actual installation process, this is how it will usually go for each project:

Digging the post holes

Once utility lines have been marked, and the property line has been defined, your Tasker digs a 25 cm (10 inch) diameter hole with a shovel. They'll dig as deeply as possible without hitting any wires, pipes, or lines. After they hit around 81 cm (32 inches), they'll start setting the first post. 

Next, the fence installer adds 20 cm (8 inches) of soil and ensures the post is level. They'll pack the bottom of the post with soil using a tamping bar and then add 20 cm more soil. They'll do this until the entire hole is filled, making sure that the post stays level. Finally, the fence installer uses a mason's line to measure and position the corners of the fence. 

Setting the post holes

Your Tasker then slides the panel's rales into the first post's mortises, adjusting until the top rail is level. If the post has no mortises, the installer props the panel up so that the bottom is 5 to 12 centimetres off the ground and the top rail is level. They'll check if each side is level, then screw the rails to the post.  

Your fence installer proceeds to check the gaps between pickets and between a picket and post. Next, they'll fill in the post holes and ensure that each part is level and plumb. Finally, they'll secure the rail with screws. Afterwards, they'll repeat this step until all the fence panels have been secured. 

Setting up the gate

The first gate post is installed pretty much like the first fence post. Your Tasker then measures the gate's width, adds around 4 cm, then digs the hole for the second gate post. Just like with the fence posts, they'll fill the hole, tamp it with soil, then check that the post is level and plumb. 

Picket panel installation

After this, they'll install the fence panel on the side of the second gate post to stabilise it. Then, the installer uses wedges to level the gate. After lining up the pickets and leaving a two-inch gap between the gate and post, they'll hang the gate and screw on the hinges. After checking the gate swing, they'll put on the latch and nail caps to the post tops. And that's it! You can now do a quality check on your new picket fence, then send the Tasker on their way.

Recent Picket Fencing tasks in Sunshine Coast

Fence and Gates Install 50mtr Star Picket /Dingo wire


Black Mountain QLD, Australia

31st Aug 2023

We have a rental property where we want a dog fence that can be removed. The area is odd shaped and uneven. We have ordered wild dog wire 12/115/15 with galvanized 1.8 metre star pickets. Please be able to bring your own equipment. We will have the materials delivered. Layout picture added showing about 50 meters of fencing with gates. - Due date: 10-17 September

Put picket fencing together


Coolum Beach QLD, Australia

9th Apr 2023

I need someone to put the pieces of the picket fence together. Very easy, no skill required and no tools needed. 21 panels. It takes 10 minutes per panel - Due date: Needs to be done on Sunday, 9 April 2023

Anthony was amazing, helpful, punctual, and very experienced!. Highly recommend.

Picket wire mesh fencing


Buderim QLD 4556, Australia

26th Mar 2023

need quotation for supply & installation of Picket wire mesh fence in the back yard, 42 mx 49m on two sides and about 1.5mx 5m in other sides. Requesting quotes with and without material, can visit for checking any days of the week. - Due date: Flexible

Create a 3.5m white picket fence for screening between two houses


Woombye QLD, Australia

3rd May 2022

Would like a small section screened with a white fence Treated pine please 3.5m long Bit of funny space as tree branch is there so will need to go around it or just below it See pictures Woombye - Due date: Flexible

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Cooroibah QLD, Australia

2nd Jul 2021

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Cooroibah QLD, Australia

8th Feb 2021

Hi there. I need someone to install some functional but cheap dog fencing to create a dog run for our puppy.