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Vinyl Fencing

DIY Vinyl Fencing

A Comprehensive Guide To DIY Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fencing is an increasingly popular choice among homeowners due to its low-maintenance properties, durability, and versatility. With the right tools and guidance, installing a vinyl fence can be a rewarding DIY project that adds both privacy and curb appeal to your property. This comprehensive guide will cover everything you need to know about DIY vinyl fencing, from planning and preparation to installation and maintenance.

Why Commence Fence

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Measure The Area:

Determine the dimensions of the fence by measuring the perimeter of the area you want to enclose. Create a sketch of your property, noting any slopes, obstacles, or gates you’ll need to accommodate.

Check Local Regulations:

Fences are regulated by the City of Ottawa’s Fence By-law to ensure your fence complies with height, setback, and other regulations reference Fence (By-law No. 2003-462)

Locate Utility Lines:

Call your local utility companies or your regional Ontario One Call to have underground utilities marked on your property.

Gather Materials & Tools:

Purchase the required vinyl fencing materials, including fence panels, posts, gates, brackets, and fasteners. You’ll also need tools such as a post hole digger, level, tape measure, shovel, saw, drill, and a rubber mallet.


Follow these steps to install your DIY vinyl fence:

Set Corner, End, & Gate Posts With Metal Inserts:

Start by setting the metal post inserts for the corner, end, and gate posts. Dig post holes approximately 42-48 inches deep and 8-9 inches in diameter. Place the metal Post in the holes, ensuring they are level and plumb, then fill the holes with concrete. Allow the concrete to cure for at least 24 hours. Once the concrete has cured, slide the vinyl post sleeves over the metal posts.

Install Line Posts:

Mark the locations for your line posts, spacing them according to the width of your fence panels (usually 8 feet apart). Dig holes for the line posts, set them in concrete, and allow the concrete to cure.

Assemble & Attach Fence Panels:

Construct the fence panels by inserting the picket boards into the bottom rail, then slide the top rail onto the picket boards, securing them in place. Ensure that the pickets are evenly spaced and properly aligned. Slide the assembled fence panels into the post brackets or route the panels through the pre-routed holes in the posts, ensuring they are level and secure. If necessary, trim panels to fit the remaining space using a saw with a fine-tooth blade.

Install Gates:

Assemble and hang your gate(s) according to the manufacturer’s instructions, ensuring they are level and swing freely. Install gate hardware, such as hinges and latches, as directed.


Vinyl fencing is known for its low-maintenance qualities, but periodic inspections and minor repairs can help keep it looking its best.

Inspect The Fence:

Regularly check your fence for signs of damage, such as loose or cracked pickets, loose posts, or worn hardware.

Clean The Fence:

Keep your vinyl fence looking new by washing it with a mild detergent and water, using a soft brush or cloth to remove dirt and debris. Rinse the fence with clean water and allow it to air dry.

Repair Damaged Areas:

If you find damaged sections, repair or replace them as needed. Replace worn or damaged hardware, and tighten any loose connections to ensure your fence remains secure and stable.

By following this guide and investing some time and effort, you can successfully install an attractive, durable, and low-maintenance vinyl fence on your property.