Installing Solid-Board Fencing
A solid-board fence is made of posts and rails like any other fence. A few changes, however, make it both more durable and more attractive. Most important is the cap rail that runs across the top. The cap rail protects the tops of the posts, which absorb water more readily and are more likely to rot than any other surface of the post. The fence is also designed to look the same from both sides-something your neighbor is likely to appreciate.
Build the Structure
Install 4x4 posts and 2x4 top and bottom rails, then nail a 1x4 cap rail over the top rail. Cut two 1x1 supports to fit between each post. Screw the supports along the outside edge of the bottom rail on one side of the fence, fastening them every 6 to 8 inches with #8 2-inch deck screws. Repeat on the top rail.
Install the Fence Boards
Put the first board in place next to a post, make sure it's plumb, and screw it to the supports with #8 1 5/8-inch deck screws. Work your way down the fence, using a nail as a spacer between boards so they have room to expand in humid weather. When you're done screw a second set of 1x1 supports tightly against the fence boards.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 5 hours
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