‘Materials And Tools’
Deck stains for treated wood are also good for coating your wooden fence frame. They add to the appearance and long life of the fence.
A shovel is good for starting do dig your fence post and moving the dirt after the hole is dug. Fiberglass handles are a good feature to have if you want long life from your shovel.
Wire cutters are used to cut the vinyl coated wire mesh fencing material when building a cheap fence. Quality is important. The fencing material is not hard to cut, but you will be making many cuts. Cheap wire cutters may not hold up to the job.
Reciprocating Saws, sometimes referred to as a saws-all, are handy for cutting the 4×4 treated posts. They can get the job done just a little easier than the circular saw. Reciprocating saws are also good if you decide to top your fence posts with a 45 degree angle cut.
The reciprocating saws advantage is that a long blade can cut through thick wood quicker and it can do it with one good cut.
Chalk lines are used to help stake out your fence posts locations and keep your post holes in a straight line. Chalk lines can also be used to mark approximately where you should place your fence rails.
Long extension cords will be needed to power your tools. High quality is important if you are going a long length.
Many do not realize that the long the cord, the more difficult for the power to reach the power tool. Saws and drills also draw a large amount of current and you will be putting them under a heavy load for this job.
I suggest using the shortest cord possible when using your circular saw and saw horses to cut the fence posts. This will save you from possible injury, reduce the problem of throwing a breaker switch, and reduce any chance or harming an expensive power tool. You really don’t have much choice with the drill because it will need to be powered at points far from the power source, but drilling requires less power than the circular saw.
Save your pickup truck bed or picnic table and do the job right. Get 2 saw horses to lay your wood on before you measure and cut. Saw horses are cheap if you nick one with a saw blade.
Saw horses can come a pre-assembled or you can buy just the brackets and make your own out of 2 x 4 lumber. Many pre-assembled saw horses are very light weight and they fold up flat for easy storage. Saw horses made from brackets and 2 x4′s tend to be heavy and hard to store.
Circular saws are required for cutting the fence posts and rails. A hand saw is not going to be able to efficiently cut through the heavy treated wood as it will either wear you or the saw blade out quickly. A quality higher voltage saw is suggested for building fences.
A Crescent wrench is the brand name for an adjustable wrench. The wrench easily adjust to any size nut or bolt. You may substitute this with a socket or wrench set, but most of the work required to build a cheap fence can be done with an adjustable wrench.
A good long tape measure is a definite requirement for building a fence. The longer the better. You may even want 2; a short one for building the gate and a long one for measuring out your rails and post holes. Quality tape measures are worth the money as a cheap one will bend. A bent tape measure is worthless, so buy quality.