Welded-Wire Garden Fence

Years ago I built a modern chicken coop and it has been great. So much so, that we loaded it on a trailer and moved it out to our new house that we built. After weeks of allowing the chickens to roam about and crap all over we decided we had enough of that and fenced in a run for them with some cheap landscape fence and T-posts.

Fast forward a few years and that cheap fence now looks like crap. Not to mention that we never had anyway of getting into the run besides hopping the fence. That being said, it was finally tome to give our trashy little fence a makeover. We decided to build a welded wire garden fence that would keep the chickens in, our dog out, and look good around the house. The posts are 4x4s and with the Simpson Strong-Tie EZ Spikes, the post setting went fast, making the entire project quick and easy. Read on to see exact how we did it.

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Garden Fence Tutorial

  1. Post Layout

    For the post bases I am going to be using the Simpson StrongTie EZ-Spikes. These makes setting posts quick and easy versus digging holes and pouring concrete. I started by pressing the first and last spikes into the ground slightly to get an idea of where the fence was going to go.

    Then I ran a string between the two for alignment and spaced the other spikes out evenly. Spacing them less than 8 feet apart.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 1

  2. Driving the Post Base

    To get the EZ-Spikes into the ground, I used a small piece of 4×4 and hammered them in with a small sledge hammer.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 3

    Throughout the process of driving the spike you will want to check to make sure the spike is plumb and aligned properly.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 2

  3. Installing the Posts

    I started by cutting two 4 foot long pressure treated 4x4s. I checked to make sure they were level at the top and then used a string to extend that line across to all the other posts that were inserted in the post bases.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 4

    With the string to show where the tops should be cut. I then used a speed square to mark that line on the 4×4 posts.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 5

    To cut a 4×4 with a standard circular saw you will need to mark both sides and cut twice as the blade is not long enough to do it in one pass.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 6

    The post then get inserted into the base and secured with four connector screws.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 9

  4. Installing Horizontal Supports

    Start by measuring between the 4×4 posts, just above the EZ-Spikes. Then cut two pressure treated 2x4s at that length. Those 2x4s will get two pocket holes drilled in each end using the Kreg XL Pocket Hole Jig.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 7

    Then install the lower 2×4 using 2-1/2″ Kreg XL pocket hole screws. These screws are outdoor rated and incredibly beefy and will make sure you get a good strong connection.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 8

    Repeat the process for the top board and the remaining sections. Note, if you are building a fence on a slight slope, like I am, I would recommend leveling the bottom 2×4 with the lowest spot on the higher spike. For steeper inclines the entire sections should be higher as your incline increases.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 10

  5. Installing the Top Cap

    To dress up the top of the fence, I installed a 5/4 pressure treated deck board using 2 inch deck screws. These boards come in 16 foot lengths which will help tie multiple sections of the fence together and stiffen up the fence.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 11

  6. Applying Finish

    To protect the fence and to make it look nice, we opted to finish the treated wood with a solid color deck stain in the color black.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 13

  7. Vertical 2x2s

    To secure the welded wire fence to the side of the 4x4s we needed to install 2x2s between the upper and lower 2x4s. These were cut to length, stained, and installed with 2-1/2 inch deck screws.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 18

  8. Assembling the Gate

    The gate opening gets measured and a 2×4 frame is assembled for the gate that is about 1 inch narrower than the opening. The gate frame is assemble with the Kreg XL pocket hole jog and screws.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 14

    After applying the finish I then installed the Simpson StrongTie Rigid Tie Connectors to each inside corner to assure the gate does not sage over time.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 15

    On the inside of the frame I installed 2x2s, cut to length, with 2-1/2 inch deck screws. These will be used to fasten the welded wire fencing to.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 16

  9. Gate Installation

    Using a 3/4″ to 1″ spacer below the gate, I then installed the gate using self closing hinges and latch.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 17

  10. Installing Welded Wire Fencing

    The welded wire fencing then gets cut to size for each section and stapled to the inside of the fence. For this I used a narrow crown stapler and 1-1/2″ galvanized staples.

    DIY Garden Fence Step 19

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