How to put a wood fence on a concrete wall

There are many reasons to build a wood fence. Among them are aesthetics, privacy, durability and cost. Fences are great for keeping people out while keeping children and dogs in. With a wood fence, it is possible to have your preferred design style. Wood is one of those timeless materials that make everything look great. Wood fences are typically installed in the ground, but can also be installed to a concrete wall.

Saturate the bottom one-third of your posts with wood preserver and let them sit overnight.

Figure out where the fence should be located. Mark off the area with cones starting at the corners and then spacing them 6 to 8 feet apart.

Verify that each socket with base plate is level and even. If it isn't, old pieces of roofing slate will work to level it. Secure each to the concrete wall. This is done by positioning and drilling the fixing holes using a sharp masonry bit and a hammer action electric drill. Then bolt it into place.

Secure each fence post in the sockets with bolts. Verify that each is level and in line with the previous fence post.

Install a top rail and a bottom rail between each set of two fence posts. The bottom rail should be 2 inches off the ground to make it easier for trimming the grass as well as preventing rot.

Attach the fence boards to the top and bottom rails. There are many different designs of wood fences to choose from depending on your fence's purpose. For a basic privacy fence with vertical boards, screw or nail each board into place with only a small gap between each, starting at one end and working your way around the entire length.


Make sure you know where your property line is before you start installing a new fence. Call your local government to make sure there aren't any required permits and to learn the local codes if there are any. Cedar is a great wood to use. It doesn't need to be treated as do most other raw woods.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood preserver
  • Cones
  • Sockets with base plates
  • Sharp masonry bit
  • Hammer action electric drill
  • Bolts
  • Level
  • Pieces of roofing slate
  • Fence posts
  • Fence rails
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Vicki Elander has been writing software documentation and technical manuals since 1993. In 2008, she wrote product reviews for Elander has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of North Dakota.