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Installing a Bamboo Fence

This DIY Basic will provide tips on how to install a bamboo fence.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

power drill with wood bit
circular saw
measuring tape
posthole digger
quick-setting concrete
2x4, 4x4, 2x6 & 1x4 lumber
2- and 3-inch deck screws
6x6 clear-coated bamboo fence panels
stain or paint
gravel or crushed stone
2x4 lumber for braces

Step 3: Dig Postholes

Add privacy to your driveway with a bamboo fence. Paint or stain posts and rails before you begin.

Set 4x4 posts 8 feet apart.

Dig postholes 24 inches deep. To help with drainage, pour 6 inches of gravel or crushed stone into bottom of hole.

Fill hole with dry concrete to 3 to 4 inches below ground level. Slowly add water, tamp down, and let concrete set.

Tip: Brace post with 2x4s to keep it vertical.

Step 4: Attach the Rails

Attach 2x4 rails at top and bottom flush with back of post. Rails should be 5 feet 10 inches apart.

Tip: Bamboo must be screwed into place; nails will split canes.

Step 5: Attach the Bamboo and Finish Installation

Pre-drill holes for 2-inch screws and attach bamboo to 2x4s. Have helper hold bamboo against frame while you attach it.

Insert screw through canes and into 2x4. Place screws every 12 inches.

Using 3-inch screws, attach 1x4s flat against bamboo at top and bottom on both sides of fence.

With 3-inch screws center and attach 2x6 cap on top of fence.