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Old 07-06-2007, 11:39 AM   #1
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I have begun to erect my 4 ft wood fence. After getting few panels complete, I noticed that when I shake the panel, it vibrates. I know there will always be some shake in the fence but I was wondering what I could do to make it more sturdy. I was thinking of driving a steel stake in the middle of each panel and then connecting that to the fence at the bottom. Any other experiene with this?

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Do you have 2x4 horizontial mebers that hold up the pickets?

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I have used those metal stakes that are used for wire fencing to support old wobbly posts as a temporary fix. If this is a new fence it should not wobble. How are you installing the posts?
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The posts don't move, but the panel does.

I have used 1x4 rails to attach my pickets. 2x4 would have been too large.
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Both sides of the fence will look identical. So I am basically placing my pickets sandwiched between two 1x4's on the top and bottom and then centering them on a 4x4 post. As a finish, I will be placing a 1x4 flat on top of each section and finishing with post caps. I am hoping that when placing the 1x4 flat, I will gain some strenght. It is only 4 ft so I am hoping a little movement will be okay??
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