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If you’d like your vision of a nice picket fence around your property to happen without the hassle of finding a nearby installer who’s within your budget, put in a request via Airtasker. Our platform helps you find picket fencing installation near you within minutes! Plus, you can dictate the budget and read dozens of customer reviews before you book.
First, select the “Post a task” button and fill out the task post. Indicate your location, budget, and any details about the picket fence you want installed. This includes the estimated length, colour, and material. Then, select “Get quotes” and wait for offers to flood your screen. From here, you can read customer reviews and find a Tasker who best fits your needs.
Once you find a picket fence installer you like, select their offer, and you’re good to go! If you’re ready to look for a trusted picket fence installer near you, tap the “Post a task” button on this page.
The standard spacing between pickets on a picket fence is 6.35 cm (2.5 inches). Meanwhile, fence posts can be spaced up to 2.4 meters (8 feet) apart. To properly install your picket fence, consider booking a local picket fence installation service near you. Need to upgrade your home security? You can find an outdoor lighting installation expert through our platform.
To make a picket fence, you'll need safety equipment, string, stakes, a post hole digger or auger, tape measure, fence panels, a post level, and gravel. You can purchase these materials at your local hardware or have a fence installer near you do the shopping and installation. To start finding a fencing specialist near you, tap the “Post a task” button on this page.
To install a picket or lollipop fencing, determine the post height, then dig the holes. Next, place the first fence post and add the concrete mix. Once the concrete is cured, install the fence stringers at the bottom, middle, and top of the first post. Finally, install the fence pickets. If this is a wooden picket fence, you'll also want to apply exterior stain and sealer to improve the look of your fence and protect it from the elements.
It usually only takes 1-3 days to install a picket fence, though, of course, the specifics of a job can affect this range. To get a more accurate quote for your picket fencing request, we recommend including the length of your desired fence in the task post. If you’re working on a tight deadline, the Tasker may also bring in extra manpower to finish the job on time.
Yes, you’ll need to provide the materials for installing your picket fence. You can purchase these beforehand or ask the picket fence installer to buy them on your behalf. The budget in the task post is just for labour, not for the materials. On the other hand, upon agreement, your Tasker can provide the tools for installing your fence, such as the level and auger (post hole digger).
A picket fence installer may not necessarily be able to do these tasks, but you can also use Airtasker to find a local carpenter, book a handyman, or consult with a home security system specialist. Just like booking a fencing specialist, all you need to do is fill out the task post with the details of your request. Within minutes, you’ll get offers from local experts who can put up your tool shed or home security system!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rawdon Carrs, West Yorkshire
26th Jun 2019
I live with a hilly garden and have young children so want to put a picket fence up to stop them falling. I have the materials but not the time