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 South West Perth

8 metres of picket fence to install and repair gates


Medina WA, Australia

3rd Feb 2023

Install 8metres of picket fence - Due date: Flexible

Picket fence and swinging gate installation


Hamilton Hill WA, Australia

18th Aug 2022

I would like a wooden or PVC pocket fence and double swinging manually operated gate supplied and installed across the front boundary of my house. The fence is approximately 10m and gate spans an approximate 3m driveway - Due date: Flexible

Jae was great, kept me informed the entire way through the project and the fence looks great. Highly recommend him and will be using him for other projects coming up

Picket Fence Repairs


Fremantle WA, Australia

26th Jun 2022

We’ve had some damage to our picket fence and need someone qualified to repair it . We have our own painter so needs three posts replaced and likely four rails as a guide. Noting the pickets may be reused if handled correctly , sourcing the identical shape is essential. Must use minimum H4 Timbers for garden and wet areas Must punch and fill to a smooth finish all fixings noting the palings are attached with plastic coated screws to avoid future rust marking - photos available. Must utilise the same connection format to ensure future temporary panel removal - photos available Must advise proposed concrete footing size Must cut top section of posts with a slope same as other to prevent water ingress Must remove from site old materials We will require a formal written quote and on-site meeting to proceed with an offer. Due date: Flexible

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Hilton WA, Australia

23rd Apr 2022

Front gate - picket fence repair. Post holding gate needs removed and reset in ground, as post hit by car knocking the gate out of place . - Due date: Flexible

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Aubin Grove WA 6164, Australia

12th Apr 2022

Picket fencing. I have material ready . Just need someone to put all Together - Due date: Flexible

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Atwell WA 6164, Australia

11th Oct 2021

Install 380 of fence pickets 900mm high on fencing rails I will supply nails, pickets and nail gun Date and time flexible - Bottom of pickets to be 100mm below bottom of lower rail - 1 nail per picket per rail - All pickets to be vertical - Pickets to follow rail height (two rail sections slope up approx 90mm) - Nail gun to be adjusted so head of nails is driven just below surface of rails - Gap between pickets to be approximately 35mm (equally spaced so pickets line up at corners/ends) https://www.bunnings.com.au/diy-advice/building-construction/fences-gates/how-to-install-pickets-for-a-picket-fence

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East Fremantle WA, Australia

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Willagee WA 6156, Australia

1st Jul 2021

Pick up 4 x 2m picket fences Palmyra drop off willagee

Build timber picket fence


Spearwood WA, Australia

3rd Mar 2021

Looking for someone to build a 7m timber picket front fence. There is currently nothing in the spot - very easy access. Details: Approx 7metre long x 900mm high front fence. Full installation - concrete fence posts in & attach pickets. I can supply materials or you can quote to supply. I will paint myself. Flexible on timing - looking for a decent job, must be able to make the fence level and look good from the street.

Picket fence


Willagee WA, Australia

28th Feb 2021

Approx. 12.5m long picket fence required (1.4m pickets). Will need a pedestrian gate and gates over driveway.