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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 North West Melbourne

I need my picket fence fixed.


Glenroy VIC 3046, Australia

16th Aug 2022

I have a picket fence that needs fixing. The pickets are ok, but the posts probably need replacing. At the moment the fence is leaning.

Picket fence construction


Keilor Park VIC 3042, Australia

26th Nov 2021

Hi all I need a picket fence installed 9lm in length 1200mm high. All materials will be supplied including concrete for the posts. Labour only costs - Due date: Flexible

Picket Fence - in the next 4 weeks


Oak Park VIC, Australia

17th Feb 2021

19 metres, picket fence. Would like quotes from fencing contractors.

Replace fence pickets


Pascoe Vale VIC, Australia

23rd Jan 2021

Remove old hardwood fence pickets and replace with new treated pine pickets. I have 75 3 meters treated pickets ready to go, will need to get more.

Great job, great communication, will use again

Picket fence supply and install


Melbourne VIC, Australia

28th Nov 2020

Hello, I’m looking for a tradesman to supply and install a new picket fence and dispose of the old one. Please quote for the whole job including when it can be completed. The fence is 18m long and 1.8m high, including a double gate.

Put up star picket fencing and move shelter


Gisborne VIC, Australia

28th Mar 2020

I would like a row of star picket fencing put long my horse paddock to create a lane way between two fences. It would be approximately 20 star pickets. I would also like the mobile horse shelter moved 20 feet. The shelter just has to have the pegs lifted/removed and carried along and repegged. I intend to use the gates on the shelter to create the entrance into the horse paddock.

Tom did a tremendous effort with a really hard physical job. Very punctual and professional. Highly recommended.

Picket fence tradesman


Avondale Heights VIC 3034, Australia

29th Mar 2019

I would like someone to replace our picket fence and gate that has rotted.

Build a picket fence


Glenroy VIC 3046, Australia

27th Jul 2022

Build a 1.5m high picket fence with gate. Total length is 20m. I'm happy to get 2 quotes: - 1 quote on JUST the basic install of the posts and ensuring that the area is level and solid. (I can then paint and screw in the pickets with a bit of guidance) (Labour only or supply and labour quote ) - 2nd quote is for a full install of the 20m fencing. (Supply and fit) Gate to be at least 1.2m wide. Last photo is of the style of fence I'm after. Thanks! - Due date: Flexible

Picket Fence and Gate


Strathmore VIC, Australia

22nd Sep 2021

Hi there, We have a picket fence already but are looking to add a few sections. 3 parts to the picket fence job: 1. Manual driveway gate to be installed in current fence style - 3.2m opening roughly. Gate to open in half in the middle, opening towards the house. 2. Additional picket fence: To go around the side, distance roughly 3.5m long ( see photo with the rocks on the ground) 3. Height adjustment for our side fence for privacy, picket fence to be raised to about 2.2m in same Windsor style. We will be removing the hedges prior to starting so it will be easy to access the areas. No painting required. Cheers Jack

Picket Gate Driveway


Strathmore VIC, Australia

14th Feb 2021

Hi there, we have an existing picket fence but don’t have a gate for the driveway. The length of gate would need to be roughly 3.1m and match the existing fence style. The gate would open in the middle back towards the house. See second photo as a reference.

I need timber picket fencing


Kalkallo VIC, Australia

26th Dec 2020

Quote for Timber picket fence for front yard for two houses in kalkallo

Picket fence install


Melbourne VIC, Australia

15th Nov 2020

I need a new picket fence installed and old one disposed of. The current one is falling apart. It is 18m long and 1.5-1.8m high including a double gate. Please proved quote.

Build picket fence.


Glenroy VIC, Australia

26th Nov 2019

13m and 7m. Approx 1,5m high. Remove existing 9m fence. Gate required also (Last 2 photos are of current brown brick/wood low fence, first 3 are of the type of fence I’m looking to be installed)

Front Picket Fence repaired / Renewed


Keilor Park VIC 3042, Australia

9th Sep 2022

I have an existing picket fence (approx 16m long) that needs a rejuvenation, would like the pickets replaced, the turned tops of the posts cut off and the pedestrian cut out removed. The bones of the fence are fine, the motor was recently serviced and is in good condition so it just needs an update. The stated budget is purley a guess, will need someone to come and take a look. - Due date: Flexible

Picket gate


Craigieburn VIC, Australia

22nd Jan 2022

After a quote for someone to install a new picket gate in our drive way - please see photo for measurements and also a photo of half of the old gate we have (to be removed, but just for an idea). Quote to include materials and labour please. Located in Fawkner 3060 - flexible on date and time.

Put up a picket fence


Glenroy VIC, Australia

7th Apr 2021

We need a fence put up around the front of our garden, it's around 30 metres or so

Picket fence


Tullamarine VIC 3043, Australia

6th Feb 2021

Construct picket fence. Labour only

Quote for double picket gate


Craigieburn VIC, Australia

4th Dec 2020

We need a quote for a new double picket gate - thank you

I need picket fencing


Greenvale VIC, Australia

14th Jul 2020

Front picket fence (not capped) approximately 8 metres in length all up 0.9 high, will include a 1 metre gate. Fence details are 600 on left of drive, 600 on right of drive, 1 metre gate, 5800 remaining fence All treated pine (no painting or staining), flat ground.

Repair front picket gate, treated pine.


Keilor VIC, Australia

3rd Jun 2019

Front picket gate needs repair/replace, all pickets under 1.5 metres. Cross beams also need replacing.