How to Install a Vinyl Garden Fence


Vinyl is a substance made by combining ethylene and chlorine to form polyvinyl chloride resin. Vinyl was first invented in 1920 as a material that could be used to manufacture inexpensive everyday products that would also be more durable. Vinyl garden fences are a great replacement for traditional wood fences. Vinyl does not rot, requires no painting and is relatively easy to install. When it comes to choosing a vinyl garden fence, the most difficult decision for the gardener is what color of fencing to install.

Setting the Posts

Step 1

Measure the distance between posts and mark the post locations with stakes. Attach a string between stakes to verify the distance and location of each post.

Step 2

Verify that the post locations are completely straight with a level.

Step 3

Dig a 30-inch-deep hole where each post is going to go.

Step 4

Fill the bottom of the hole with 6 inches of gravel to provide a stable foundation.

Step 5

Mix the concrete in the wheelbarrow according the manufacturer's directions.

Step 6

Set the post into the center of the hole and fill the sides with concrete. Firmly pack the concrete into position.

Step 7

Verify that the posts are straight with your level and adjust them accordingly.

Step 8

Allow the concrete to dry for two to three days.

Attaching the Fencing

Step 1

Attach the rail brackets to the secured posts with two 3/4-inch screws. Be sure to provide enough space so that the fence pickets are 2 inches above the ground.

Step 2

Slide the fence section into the rail hanger bracket.

Step 3

Secure each section with four 3/4-inch screws.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • String
  • Stakes
  • Level
  • Shovel
  • Gravel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Concrete
  • 3/4-inch screws


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About this Author

Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.