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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 Newcastle

Picket fence for front yard including 1 latch path gate.


Caves Beach NSW, Australia

17th Sep 2023

Installation of a timber picket fence across front yard including letter box and latched gate for walkway. No Painting required. - Due date: Before Tuesday, 31 October 2023

Installation of picket fence. Roughly 17mts with entry gate.


Merewether NSW 2291, Australia

15th Jul 2023

Need to put a picket fence with entry door in my property at 7 third street Adamstown. - Due date: Flexible

Timber picket fence


Merewether NSW, Australia

29th Jun 2023

Front picket fence, timber: 9200 x 1200mm high, on a slope Pedestrian swinging gate on steel frame: 1100 x 1500, flat Additional fixed fence other side of driveway: 1800 x 1500 high with mailbox cut in We can paint and supply mailbox. All other materials to be supplied. - Due date: Flexible

Offers for fencing materials pickets 5 rolls of different wire


Marmong Point NSW 2284, Australia

19th Apr 2023

Have. One 50m square 1.5mm square 2 rabbit chicken 100 1mm 1.3 1 roll 150m plus barbed wire. 6 odd 4 full rolls 2 3 mm twist off gal wire 100 m Send offers or come grab - Due date: Flexible

Build a picket fence


Kotara NSW, Australia

22nd Feb 2023

Keen for someone to finish a picket fence. Will pay for materials. - Due date: Flexible

Front picket fence built


Adamstown NSW, Australia

11th Oct 2022

I need someone to build me a picket fence at the front of the house. I will supply all the materials (though I might not have all the right tools, so that could be required). It's about 12.5m long, and will include a gate. (1.8m high). - Due date: Flexible

A Picket Fence Installed


Speers Point NSW, Australia

23rd Jun 2022

Put up a PVC picket fence around the front and side of house - Due date: Flexible

Fix loose pickets in front fence


Wyee NSW 2259, Australia

28th Sep 2021

There are a couple of loose pickets in my front fence that need re fixing. And the gate latch needs replacing

Build a picket fence


Warners Bay NSW, Australia

19th Aug 2021

Require someone to source materials and build a wooden picket fence. Painting not required. Note that the budget includes materials Warners Bay. Immediate start.

Paint front residential picket fence


New Lambton NSW, Australia

26th Apr 2021

Paint front residential picket fence. Can be done to suit your schedule

Install a picket fence


Warners Bay NSW, Australia

15th Apr 2021

We need someone who can install a fence across the front of our property. We have 13 metres of used fencing which we purchased from Marketplace but we need a few additional panels, posts and driveway gates. You will need to come and inspect property and materials prior to commencement of project.

Fix Side Gate - Picket Fence


Merewether NSW, Australia

11th Jan 2021

The gate has been bent off its hinges and needs repairing.

Completed really well, good communication, arrived on time.

Picket fencing has moved, gates not closing proper


Shortland NSW, Australia

7th Jan 2021

Straighten fence so gates open easily.

Picket fence


Newcastle NSW, Australia

9th Aug 2020

Need a picket fence built for a small area. Approx 10m long

Install picket fence


Newcastle NSW, Australia

7th May 2020

Wanting to put a picket fence across the front of my house. Already have the fence, just needing it installed. Located in Wallsend