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How To Install a Vinyl Fence | Ask This Old House

In this video, House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse installs a low-maintenance fence around her yard to bring it up to code.

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House One editor Jenn Largesse’s backyard renovation project continues to progress. With the new shipping container pool installed, code requires the entire yard to be fenced in. Opting for low-maintenance, she decides on a 6-foot vinyl fence product that more than meets code requirements.

Difficulty: ⅗
Cost: Varies based on size of yard
Time: Several days

Where to find it?
Jenn and Jon from Southway Fence ( install a Chesterfield Smooth White Vinyl Fence. The fence is manufactured by Bufftech, a CertainTeed Brand ( Jenn demonstrates how to dig a post hole with a post hole digger. John sets the vinyl post in quick-set concrete and uses a level and string line to finalize its position. Jenn and John insert the steel-reinforced bottom rails between the posts, and then tap the vertical panel pieces into the groove with a rubber mallet—making trims to their height and width with a miter saw and table saw as needed—before capping them with the top rail. They use a drill driver to install a set screw and then secure the caps with PVC adhesive. Lastly they hang the gate hardware and gate using a drill/driver.

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