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Old 06-07-2012, 01:18 PM   #1
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Was going to build a 6' privacy fence with the pre-fab panels but the more I think about it probably easier and better results if I stick build it, especially because I will be doing a lot of the work myself little by little. It seems like a a major pain in the butt to get posts exactly 8' apart and deal with any variations.

So few questions:

1. Stringers - should these be PT wood? Also concerned about finding 2x4 that are actually straight - most of the wood you see has some curve and isn't true for the entire length of the board.

2. Will likely use screws as I do not have a nail gun. How many screws per panel to attach to fence? Will probably use the 3" stockade/gothic style pickets.

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It seems like a a major pain in the butt to get posts exactly 8' apart and deal with any variations.

This statement tells me you maybe should not be building this.

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PT would be a good choice. As far as straight. If you look you can find 2x4 8 footers that are farily straight. But wood is gonna do what it wants anyway.

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8 screws.

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This statement tells me you maybe should not be building this.
I wouldn't go that far. High precision comes at a high cost. When you install a door or window, you have about an inch at each edge to fudge with shims. Even when laying a foundation, being very slightly out of square can be corrected by fudging the mudsill placement. If the OP believes one particular approach has a high burden of precision, and another less, I think it's unfair, and even rude, to suggest he is in over his head. I commend him for thinking through the project and considering the pros and cons of different approaches--something many other posters fail to exercise before taking on a project.
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I wouldn't go that far. High precision comes at a high cost. When you install a door or window, you have about an inch at each edge to fudge with shims. Even when laying a foundation, being very slightly out of square can be corrected by fudging the mudsill placement. If the OP believes one particular approach has a high burden of precision, and another less, I think it's unfair, and even rude, to suggest he is in over his head. I commend him for thinking through the project and considering the pros and cons of different approaches--something many other posters fail to exercise before taking on a project.

Gettting fence posts 8 feet apart. I would not call that high precision. I would call it doing it corectly. If you don't want want to learn how to do it right the first time don't bother doing it. It will look like a hack job.
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Gettting fence posts 8 feet apart. I would not call that high precision. I would call it doing it corectly. If you don't want want to learn how to do it right the first time don't bother doing it. It will look like a hack job.
You are missing the point. But please, don't let me stop you from trying to make yourself feel better by putting other people down in silly ways. Enjoy.
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