If you're a homeowner with a backyard, you most likely have a fence of some kind. Those fences serve to divide properly lines, keep dogs and kids in check and provide privacy for those backyard parties and barbecues. That is, unless yours is on the verge of collapse.
Ever thought of erecting a new fence to replace an old, decrepit one -- or just installing a fence where none exists? For wooden, stockade-type fences, the pre-built sections can be had pretty cheap from many hardware superstores and fence companies. To install the vertical fence posts and get everything put up right, though, takes some elbow grease and careful measurement and planning.
But, it can be done. While I didn't follow the directions here
for installing a new fence, I've been down this road before a few times. After ingesting these detailed directions, I have one word of advice if you're planning a new fence (wooden ones, to be exact): use metal posts and clamps for those fencing slats or sections. Nothing is worse than having those wooden posts rot five years later, causing your beloved fence to need yet another replacement. You'll spend a bit more on metal posts, but they'll last forever. Want to get more exotic? Check out the new poly fences
from many manufacturers. These things look like wood (well, somewhat), but never rot or change color. Maybe wood is on the way out.