How to install pickets for a picket fence
The first thing you'll want to do is replace any old or broken palings. This is simple to do and shouldn't take up much time. Check out our step-by-step video for some tips.
Once you've replaced any damaged pickets, give your fence a thorough clean. A high pressure water cleaner will make this part easier. When it's dried, give it a quick once-over with a wire brush, then you'll be ready to start painting.
You can use a paint brush, a roller or a spray gun to paint your fence, it just depends on your time-frame and your budget. View our D.I.Y. video on how to spray paint a picket fence if you'd like to follow our instructions.
Another way to freshen up your fence is to add some colour to the surrounding area. You could do this by planting some potted colour, native flowers or succulents. Another way to liven up this area is with some pebbles, tanbark or even a raised garden bed. As your plants grow, they'll make the space feel colourful and alive.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.