Vinyl Fencing DIY

Installing a vinyl fence is a great way to beautify your property and increase its value. While a vinyl fence is not truly maintenance free it is close. Just wash it every once in a while and you will have a good looking fence that will last a lifetime. Vinyl fence comes in rail, picket and privacy styles. Use our calculator to help determine what you will need to build your new vinyl fence.

Fence Calculator

Make a sketch of your fencing project. Measure and record the distances between each terminal post. Then use our calculator to determine what you will need. Select the height of the fence and the style. Enter the quantity of each type of post. (The number of line posts will be part of the calculation.) Enter the lengths of each fence section and the number of single and double gates. The calculator can handle up to 12 different fence sections. The example fence below would have: 6 end posts, 4 corner posts, 1 bare post and fence sections of 10, 52, 32, 44, 52, 8, and 4 feet. Do not enter any lengths for the gates. You are always welcome to send your sketch to us and we will part out your fence for you.

The accuracy of the calculator is not guaranteed. It is intended only as a tool to help you part out your fence. The items listed cannot be put directly into a shopping cart. Jeften does not sell or ship any posts, panels or gates. We encourage you to get those locally and support your local economy. But then save money, and time, by getting the parts and accessories you need shipped directly to you.

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Vinyl Fence Calculator

Fence Style: Picket Privacy

Height of fence: 3 4 5 6

End Post Corner Post Blank Post

Fence Sections (in feet): 0

Single Gates Double Gates


Vinyl Fence Installation Instructions

All fence posts should be set in concrete or foam. If you are using concrete be certain that the hole depth goes below the frost line for your area. The frost-line can vary from 0" to over five feet deep. If the concrete does not go below this point the post can be shoved up when the frost comes out of the ground in the spring. If you are using structural foam there is no need to go below the frost-line as foam is not affected by the spring thaw like concrete is. In either case be sure that your post is plumb and square. Let the concrete set up for at least three days. The foam will be ready in about an hour.

Privacy Fence

1. Set the posts 8 feet O.C. or less.

2. Install a bottom rail between two posts.

3. Attach a piece of u-channel to the side of each post between the top and bottom holes.

4. Install the vertical fence pickets. Rip the last picket on a table saw if needed. The saw-cut will be covered by the u-channel.

5. Start the next section with the remainder of the cut piece.

6a. Install the top rail and secure with set screws. Install the post caps.

6b. For privacy fences with lattice or custom accent, install the mid-rail, then the lattice or pickets and then the top rail.

When the installation is complete there may be a few vertical pickets remaining. It is recommended to keep these in safe storage. If any pickets ever get damaged they can easily be replaced.

Picket Fence

1. Set the posts 6 feet O.C. or less.

2. Measure the distance in-between each post. Have each section custom routed.

3a. For open or scalloped picket fences install the rails, then the pickets and then the picket caps.

3b. For closed picket fences install the bottom rail, then the pickets and then the top rail.

4. Insert set screws into the top rail. Install the post caps.

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