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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 two important things to check before you begin building.

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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How To Build a Paling Fence

Step by Step Instructions

1 Dial before you dig
2 Contact your local council
  • Step 1. Dial 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.

  • Step 2. Contact 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.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Chisel
  • Circular saw
  • Compressor
  • Hammer
  • Handsaw
  • Ladder
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Nail gun
  • Safety gear
  • Set square
  • Spade

Materials

  • Adhesive
  • Nails
  • Palings
  • Plinth
  • Post
  • Quick set cement
  • Railing
  • Stringline

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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