How to Install Solid Privacy Vinyl Fencing

How to Install Solid Privacy Vinyl Fencing

TOOLS NEEDED FOR THIS PROJECT

-String and Marking Stakes
-Concrete/Quickcrete© and Gravel
-Level (Line Level)
-Post Hole Digger
-Speed Square
-Philips Head Screwdriver
-White PVC Vinyl Cement
-Safety Glasses
-Working Gloves
-Reciprocating Saw (optional)
-Skill Saw (optional)

Click here for printable instructions: How to Install Solid Privacy Vinyl Fencing

BEFORE YOU START, CHECK THE FOLLOWING

1. That you meet local codes for frontage locations, property lines, fence heights and any permit requirements
2. Check with your local utility companies to locate underground pipelines, power lines, or cables.

Getting Started

PART 1: Preparing Fence Layout Before Starting Installation

1. Locate fence lines.
2. Drive stakes into the ground along fence line. Then stretch a string between each stake and extend the string 2′ beyond fence line.
3. Mark End and Corner post locations with a stake. (For gate posts, refer to the gate section for gate opening size.)

PART 2: Set End and Corner Posts

1. Dig all End and Corner post holes first, 8” to 10″ in diameter and 24″ to 42” deep, depending on the frost line in your part of the country.

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NOTE: Post depth and diameter will be determined by local weather and soil conditions.

2. Insert End and Corner Posts into holes and set them in concrete filling to 2″ below ground level.
3. Level and plumb post.
4. Stake a string line across the top of the End and Corner posts, to mark the desired height of the line posts.
5. Now stake out the positions of the line posts along the string line.

Depending on the distance between End and Corner posts, the line posts may not be on 6′ centers. In this case, you have to choose one of two options:
a) You can keep the line posts on 6′ centers and position one line post to a smaller distance. This means you will end up cutting one fence section down to size.
(this is the easier approach in terms of man hours)
b) You can position all the line posts at a smaller even distance and cut down the width of each fence section.
(harder approach but sections look even)
6. Dig the holes for up to 5 line posts.

NOTE: We recommend only digging 5 holes at a time, then installing the panels between the 5 posts and then move on to the next 5 posts and panels. This way, if any posts are “off”, the entire fence will not be off.

Repeat Steps 4-6 for all fence lines.

PART 3: Set Line posts and Rails

1. Now start installing the Line posts and then the Bottom Rails.
2. Slide the Bottom Rail into the bottom hole of the terminal post. Starting down the fence line, place the next post into the next hole. Now slide the next Bottom Rail into the bottom hole of the next post. Repeat these steps until all posts are set with bottom rails inserted.

NOTE: if the post spacing is less than 6′ on center, cut a piece from the end of the top and bottom rails to get desired length. Leaving 3” longer than desired length. This allows 1 ½” to insert into the post. Then notch the cut end of the rail.

3. Fill the post hole with concrete. Make sure that the post is set at the correct height, is square, level and plumb with the fence line.

NOTE: When mixing concrete, mix it a little runny so it pours into the hole easier and does not displace the post. Leave a few inches at the top of the hole and fill with dirt to help hold the post in place.

PART 4: Fill inside of the gate, end (optional), and corner posts (optional) with an aluminum post stiffener.

NOTE: Your gate posts come with an aluminum stiffener, for added strength and stabilization.

Part 5: Install Pickets

1. Attach the side channel (U-channel) to the posts using 3, self-tapping screws for each channel. (This piece hides any gaps or cut sides and gives a groove to begin installing your pickets.)

 

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2. Starting on one end, insert the starter picket into the bottom rail. Continue across the panel inserting the remaining pickets and interlocking the tongues and grooves of the pickets.

Vinyl fence picket

 

As you approach the end of the panel, insert picket on the opposite post and move towards he center keeping tongue and grove in the same direction. Then slide the last picket in from the top, approximately 2 or 3 pickets in from the post.

NOTE: if post spacing is less than 6′ on center you can cut the picket board on one side. The cut end always goes against the post. Snap a chalk line along the length of the picket and cut with a skill saw.

2. To insert the top rail place one end of the top rail into the post and work your way down the panel pushing the pickets into the top rail as you go.

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3. After the last picket is inserted, slide the rail into the post.
Repeat these last steps to assemble all the panels.

Part 6: Post Cap Installation

1. Install post cap on post by applying PVC glue on the inside of the cap.

vinyl fence cap

 

Part 7: Installing Gates

Preparing Gate (Example is for a 41″ Gate)
1. Set privacy fence gate posts 43″ apart to allow for hardware and gate. Gates are 41″ wide with a 2″ gap to accommodate hinge and latch.
Set traditional and perimeter gate posts 49″ apart to allow for hardware and gate. Gates are 47″ wide with a 2″ gap to accommodate hinge and latch.

2. Assemble gate following instructions in Gate Kit.

vinyl fence gate

 

Mount Gate

1. Position gate in the opening by blocking up the gate so that the rails of the gate lineup with rails of the fence.
2. Attach hinges to hinge post and latch catch to latch posts before filling posts with concrete.
3. Ensure that gate posts are filled with concrete and rebar and set 72 hrs before hanging gate.
4. Hang the gate by attaching the hinges to the gate.
5. Position latch bar on gate and secure.

vinyl gates

 

(more specific instructions are sent with gate kit)

Wipe down your vinyl fence with acetone, Goof Off, lacquer thinner, etc. to remove any markings, dirt or concrete.