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How To Install a Vinyl Fence | Ask This Old House

In this video, House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse installs a low-maintenance fence around her yard to bring it up to code.

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House One editor Jenn Largesse’s backyard renovation project continues to progress. With the new shipping container pool installed, code requires the entire yard to be fenced in. Opting for low-maintenance, she decides on a 6-foot vinyl fence product that more than meets code requirements.

Difficulty: ⅗
Cost: Varies based on size of yard
Time: Several days

Where to find it?
Jenn and Jon from Southway Fence (https://www.southwayfence.com/) install a Chesterfield Smooth White Vinyl Fence. The fence is manufactured by Bufftech, a CertainTeed Brand (https://www.certainteed.com/). Jenn demonstrates how to dig a post hole with a post hole digger. John sets the vinyl post in quick-set concrete and uses a level and string line to finalize its position. Jenn and John insert the steel-reinforced bottom rails between the posts, and then tap the vertical panel pieces into the groove with a rubber mallet—making trims to their height and width with a miter saw and table saw as needed—before capping them with the top rail. They use a drill driver to install a set screw and then secure the caps with PVC adhesive. Lastly they hang the gate hardware and gate using a drill/driver.

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How To Install a Vinyl Fence | Ask This Old House


  1. What about that gap where the fence meets that bump out??

  2. You skipped all the steps. This video is almost useless.

  3. plastic fantastic… hell no!!!

  4. Our family does quite a bit of plinking (bb & pellet rifles).. wondering how vinyl fence would stand up.. anyone with experience on this?

  5. Ok… vinyl fencing. How does it stand up to the dog test? It's where you throw a ball to a big dog and he runs right into your fence at full speed from not looking where he was going. I've seen a dog go through a fence with solid wood, but thin, slats and almost not notice it due to the must catch ball excitement, how does this vinyl stuff hold up?

  6. Got dame thats a raggity post hole digger!

  7. Murcia, land of the free. But with rules about a fence…..

  8. Would an Auger not be easier?

  9. This dude literally pulled out a torpedo level on at 8' Post 😂😂😂 Wtf?!?!

  10. how come these fences always come in white? I would prefer the color of a regular brown fence

  11. This fence looks horrible lol uneven and looks like a child did it! 😂😂

  12. Not a helpful video and not an old house. Quit it with this lady's McMansion.

  13. Vinyl posts don't need 4*4 treated wood inside?

  14. Fence is as crooked and a good ole boy southern lawyer

  15. One thing no one ever tells you about vinyl fencing? It makes a lot of NOISE in high winds! The fence creaks and groans in the wind, especially with some age.

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