Installation Tips

How To Install A Vinyl Fence

For all you DIYers out there, Butte Fence is here to help you install your own fence. Please let us know how we can help with securing your materials or if you need more detailed tips and professional advice. Installing any fence is a two-person job that requires multiple days to complete.

What you Need

Required Tools 

Have the necessary tools for installing a vinyl fence project lined up before you start.

  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Framing square
  • Hammer
  • Jigsaw
  • Level
  • Line level
  • Miter saw
  • Posthole digger
  • Safety glasses
  • Spade
  • Tape measure
  • Wheelbarrow

Required Materials

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • Concrete
  • Gate hardware
  • Mason’s string
  • PVC cement
  • Vinyl fence


Step 1: Mark the Fence Location

Once you have determined the property line and legal setback, mark out the location of the fence. Mark the locations of the corner postholes with spray paint. Mark the locations of the remaining line posts, keeping the distance between the posts evenly spaced at approximately 8’.

Step 2: Temporarily Set the Posts

Using a posthole digger, dig holes approximately 24″ deep and 10″ in diameter. Add a few inches of gravel to the bottom of the holes for drainage. Insert corner posts in holes. Ensure the posts are level and plumb. Temporarily brace posts with 2″ x 4″s attached to post tops and ground.

Step 3: Run a String Line

Run a string line from the top edges of the corner posts. Make sure the string is taut and level. This provides a guide to ensure that the posts are all installed at the same height. Install remaining line posts checking that each is plumb and at the same height as the corner posts.

Step 4: Assemble the Fence Panels

Vinyl fence panels are comprised of a bottom rail, top rail and slats. Assemble them according to manufacturer’s instructions. Snap the ends of the top and bottom rails into the appropriate holes on the fence posts.

Step 5: Permanently Set the Posts

Mix fast-drying cement according to manufacturer’s directions and pour in holes. Leave the 2″ x 4″ bracing in place overnight while the cement cures. Remove the bracing. Apply PVC cement to the inside of the post caps and then install atop posts.

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