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Forum topic by Goss posted 02-20-2015 10:54 PM 822 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2015 10:54 PM

Looking for advice on a nailer and nails for a long run of picket (palisade) fencing.

Hello everyone, I am currently planning a long run of palisade fencing using pressure treated softwood. The total run will be 120m (140 yards) for which I intend to use pressure treated 4×4 posts, concreted (postcrete) into the ground.

Fence will be 6’ high, posts spaced using 3m (10’) 3” arris rails (triangular section), top, bottom and centre, and nailing on 4×3/4 round topped pales spaced 1” apart.

There is going to be a lot of nailing in this project and I’m interested in any suggestions as to what nailer and nails to use.

Initial thoughts are a Paslode IM350 and 2 1/2” galvanized nails – dovenailed into the arris rails.

Will that do it or is there something better. Please bear in mind I’m in England so I will be limited to Paslode, Hitachi, Makita or Bostitch.

Also, is an 8” round hole 2’ deep the right size for a 4” post?


-- cut twice, measure once, or is that the other way round?

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#1 posted 02-20-2015 11:04 PM

I’m sure other, more knowledgeable folks will be along shortly…til’ then:
I built fences for a few summers and would offer just a few thoughts.
1. Use 8’ centers. 2×4’s that get out to 10’ are just too flimsy
2. Use three 2×4’s. Two on a 6’ fence is almost guaranteed to result in bowed pickets
3. Screw the 2×4’s to the posts with coated deck screws and I agree with the 2.5” galvanized nails, we used a Bostitch but the Paslode is a fine option, I don’t think (for this job) there is a wrong choice in guns.
4. 8” sounds about right, and 2’ is great, should end up using one bag of quickcrete per post or thereabouts.

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#2 posted 02-20-2015 11:26 PM

We just did a picket fence around our back yard. I did 4X4 PT posts 8’ on centers. For 4’ high sections I used 2 2X4 stringers on side screwed into rear of posts. 14 pickets are spaced between the posts. For the rear 6’ “privacy” section, I did 3 2X4 stringers and used a lot more pickets since it was a privacy type fence. Spaced maybe 1/2” apart.

I screwed the pickets to posts using some screws that are coated in something kind of gold colored with a T25 torq head. They have some special spiral within the threads and went in super clean, no splittings, etc.

I nailed pickets on with a Paslode. No idea of model…it’s a “framing” nailer that shots angle strips of nails that I bought 20 yrs ago. I used a galvanized nail that has a round head instead of D shaped head. The round head is offset from nail shank. Once sunk in, it looks just like they are regular hand hammered nails.

I used a 6” “one man” auger about 24”-30” deep holes. I averaged 2 bags quick setting quickcrete per 3 posts. For end/corner posts, gates, etc. I went deeper and opened hole up to use a bag per pole.

I have a 16’ drive-in gate and used 6X6 posts set 36” deep and dug holes extra wide into the opening side. I think I used 3 or 4 bags for each post :)

This is only second fence I’ve ever installed in last 30 years so take it for it’s worth…

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#3 posted 02-20-2015 11:28 PM

PS – just goggle your arris rail…never seen those before.

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