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A Bunnings team member nailing a paling to a fence with a nail gun, using a scrap of timber as a spacer between prior palings

Overview

Building a fence can give privacy and security to your home. This easy-to-follow guide will show you what you need to build a fence, the different styles that can be created and the 2 important things to check before you begin building.

Steps

1Dial before you dig

Before you start digging, it's important to check with the relevant authorities that there aren't any underground gas, water or electrical pipelines in the area.

A fence post being positioned into a posthole

2Contact your local council

You should also contact your local council before building a fence to find out what the building rules and regulations are for fences.

A Bunnings team member nailing a paling to a fence with a nail gun, using a scrap of timber as a spacer between prior palings

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

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.