We have a lovely dog that we adopted from a shelter a while back that loves to be outside. And as lovely as she is, she digs, chews and destroys anything in her path. Her latest destruction, our brake light wires for our boat trailer. So, when we decided just to pick up a small above ground pool for the kids, I was sure that she would chew the pool, pump, or whatever else she could get her hands on. The solution? We needed a partition fence. The result? We built one for about $100.00. Not bad huh. Well, I decided to share the plans online....just in case your dog is related to ours. And the left over scraps…well I built a Monogrammed Outdoor Bench!
-5/8" 5 1/2" x 72" Pine Dog Ear Fence Pickets (number depends on size of fence)
-pressure treated 2x4s (number depends on size if fence)
-fence hinges, handle and lock
-1 1/2" deck screws
-3" exterior screws
-48" fence pickets (depends on size of fence)
-44” fence pickets for the gate
-2x4s will be cut to fit size of gate (don't worry, I will tell you how to calculate this)
To begin you must first do the math. What will be the length of your fence? What will be the size of your gate? Measure the area that you are deciding to partition off (preferably starting from an area that already has at least one fence post that you can use) and use this for your calculations.
Each fence part is built on an 8-foot 2x4. The first and last 2" of the board will attach to the 4x4 post, leaving 92" of space in between the post. Important: Make sure that the 2x4s that are attaching to where the gate will hang connect are flush with the 4x4 post.
Now, each fence picket is 5 1/2" wide, so for the 8' fence section, you will have 5 1/4" of space on each end of the board with the remaining boards having a space of 4 1/2" in between. There will be 9 fence pickets on each 8 foot section of fence.
Here is where things get a little trickier. When you are subtracting out for the size of the gate, this may leave some sections of fence that are not 8 feet in length. When this happens you will need to divide out the fence space and pickets to equal out so that the fence part looks just like the other sections…just with less pickets. There may be a slight difference in the amount of space that is left in between, but this should not be too noticeable. Draw it out on paper so you can see what you are working with…especially if you are a visual person like me
Now, when calculating the size of the gate you will need to build later, just subtract ½” from the width of the space left in between the post for the gate. (i.e. if the gate opening is 36”, then make the width of the gate 35 ½”.
Now that the homework is completed, it's time to start building fence parts. First, lay out two of the 2x4s parallel to each other, leaving 24" in between each board. Measure out the 5 1/4" from each end and then attach the 1st fence picket with the deck screws. Make sure to test for square.
After each end picket has been attached, measure 4 1/2" space and begin attaching additional pickets. To make sure I was keeping the correct space in between the boards and the correct distance in between the 2x4s, I used spacer boards.
Once all the boards have been screwed in, you will have built one section of your fence. Now, you will continue this process until all sections of the fence have been built. Remember, there will end up being 1 or 2 sections of fence that are not the same length. However, you will use the same process for building all of the sections.
Time to build the fence gate. To do this, you will do the same process as you did for the fence, except you will leave the pickets flush with the end of the 2x4s and the pickets will need to be cut about 4” shorter than the ones for the fence. You will then take another 2x4 and create a diagonal board to go between the two 2x4s.
When all the parts are built, you then dig the holes for your fence post. Make sure you stake out the area and use a string to guide your placement of the posts. You will need to dig 2 feet down and then place some gravel in the bottom of the hole. While bracing or holding the 4x4 post steady, you will pour in the dry concrete mix. Then pour in the water and maintain the post in a straight position. Quikcrete dries really fast so make sure the post is even. The distance between each post should be 92” except for where the gate is going to be as well as any adjusted fence areas to compensate for the gate placement.
After the posts have set-up according to concrete instructions, you may begin attaching your fence. Remember that one side of the fence will be attaching to the post of the fence you already have (if you are using this as a guide for the partition fence).
To cover the place along the post where the two fence parts connect, you will need to attach another fence picket using the deck screws.
Once all the fence parts are attached, you will then attach the gate. For this part, you will need to make sure that the end both parts of the fence where the gate will attach have a picket that is flush with the end of the 2x4. This will ensure that you have an even surface for attaching the hinge and door latch.
Now to hang the gate, you will probably need another person or a device that can hold the gate elevated while you attach it. Leave ¼” gap on both sides of the gate and attach the gate hinges and gate latch. Also, attach a handle for opening the gate. These can usually be bought in a kit at your local hardware store. Test that the gate opens and closes correctly and then….
Enjoy your new fence!