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Quality privacy fencing is a product that can
be used to increase the living area of your home, screen
out unsightly surroundings, or add security and privacy to
your backyard or patio. Fencing for privacy is usually 5
feet or 6 feet high, and some areas will allow a fence up
to 7 feet high.
The standard posts are 4X4's, set a minimum
of two feet in concrete. 4X6 posts and 6X6 posts can be used
to provide added strength and a more decorative look. The
rails are rough 2X4's. We use three rails for five and six
foot fences, and two rails for a four foot or lower fence.
A seven foot fence is installed with four rails.
Pickets are available in a variety of
widths, with 4" and
6" being the most common. The pickets are a #1 Premium
grade (or Select, as graded by the West Coast Lumber Bureau
standard grading rules). Standard pickets are flat top or
have a "dog ear" cut at the top. There are other more decorative
cuts available as well. All pickets and rails are installed
using galvanized nails, which help reduce streaking from
the nails onto the boards.
Privacy Fence Variations
There are many variations to the basic dog ear style privacy
or stockade fence. Some more decorative styles add a 2X6 or
2X8 cap along with a 1X4 facial board. The posts can extend
above the fence with a decorative cut or to accommodate a post
cap or finial. The posts can be revealed in the face of the
fence which defines each fence section.