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 Sydney

Build a picket fence to one side of my backyard to match other side


Forest Lodge NSW, Australia

8th Nov 2022

I’m looking to build a picket fence on one side of my property - pickets to match the style and height of the other side as shown in the photos Roughly 10-12m - Due date: Flexible

Install front picket fence and gate


Marrickville NSW 2204, Australia

15th Feb 2022

To install a picket fence and gate in the inner west

Replace pole in white picket fence.


Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

14th Jan 2022

Just need a replacement of the first pole near the opening of the gate, as it popping out of the ground due to growing tree roots. DO NOT need to replace the whole fence as the whole of the fence is already well secured in the ground. See images of the length and width of the pole. Pole will likely need to be concreted into the ground to secure it. The 1.05m is above ground. Probably need an additional 30cm in-ground. PRICE NEGOTIABLE -

Picket fence repair, concrete in five e siting posts


Glebe NSW, Australia

27th Oct 2021

To repair a leaning picket fence (about 20metres) by digging down & cementing/ concreting in five existing wooden posts. - Due date: Flexible

Replace my small picket fence


Erskineville NSW, Australia

25th Oct 2021

I need my picket fence replaced. It's 4m wide including the existing gate. What's involved: - Remove old fence and gate (easy - falling apart already) - Replace two old posts with five new posts for a 1.2m high fence - Build and hang five new gates - one replaces existing gate, the other four replace existing fence Materials needed: - Posts X 5 - Cement / concrete - approx. 10 linear m of timber for horizontal and cross braces - approx. 15 pickets (I already have 22 new pickets ready to use) - 10 X hinges Preference given to quotes that itemise costs and labour as listed above.

Small picket fence and gate built


Petersham NSW, Australia

14th Oct 2020

I need a small picket fence and gate built around the inside of the door of my grooming salon for extra safety

Timber Picket Fencing Supply and Installation


Sydney NSW, Australia

21st May 2020

I’m looking at installing timber fence for the front yard. - Sides of around 7.5 m (colorbond) - Front of 12 m (including sliding driveway gate) timber of 1.2 m height

Front picket fence replaced - 2 panels.


Marrickville NSW, Australia

20th Feb 2020

Front timber low picket fence with 3 posts and 2 panels needs replacing in front of workers cottage. gate is OK. I do not know how much this should cost I have checked cost of materials online approx $360..00 pre-coloured fence. Or it can be timber and I will paint need job done but to keep cost down.

New front picket fence


Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia

15th Feb 2020

Existing fence is double brick 7 m long and 1 m high. This needs to be demolished and removed then replaced with a picket fence (Osbourne pickets) including a gate

Nail up a 1.5m picket fence


Redfern NSW, Australia

12th Nov 2019

Hi This was an unfinished project. It's a picket fence we made for our balcony but can't nail it up. Looking for someone to do this by Friday morning please

1.5m picket fence


Sydney NSW, Australia

23rd Sep 2019

31m picket fence at front of house. Two pedestrian gates.

Nail two pickets back on to fence


Enmore NSW 2042, Australia

6th Sep 2019

Two pickets on our fence need to be nailed back on

John did a wonderful job repairing my fence. Not only did John fix the part of the fence I requested he also repaired other pieces that were coming loose taking time and care. I would have no hesitation in using John again.