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Wood Fence Pickets

Are you going to make a wooden construction and need a solid foundation? With fence picket posts, you can build a solid foundation for a deck. Wood fence pickets from Wovar are available in various shapes and sizes. Which wood fence picket is most suitable for your job depends on, among other things, the location and the load. If you are going to put a heavy load on the posts, it is wise to choose a thicker, hardwood picket. Standard 6x6cm thickness is sufficient. Always choose a length of at least 1 meter, so that your picket is below the frost line. When you choose the picket post as the basis for your decking, it is important to choose picket posts that are durable (class 1 hardwood). This way, you prevent wood rot and enjoy the longest of your foundation.  

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Thickness of Wood Fence Pickets

Wood fence pickets come in various thicknesses. Standard sizes are picket posts 40 x 40, 50 x 50 and 60 x 60 mm. Short picket posts of 40 x 40 are also known as stake-out posts and are only suitable for very light constructions. We recommend 6x6 picket posts, for heavy structures choose 7x7 cm.

Placing Wood Fence Pickets

Placing picket posts is relatively easy. You can approach the job in several ways for this. The easiest and most obvious way is to use an auger. Here you turn a hole in the ground by hand, after which you have a nice hole for the posts. Are you dealing with a tough surface or are you going to install many picket posts? Then it is also an option to have a petrol auger or an electric auger do the work. 

Wood Fence Picket Decking

You build a decking in your garden on a solid foundation. The most solid option for this is a foundation with wood fence pickets. Making a decking on poles has many advantages. Think of good ventilation of the ground under the decking. You also do not have to raise your garden with garden soil or sand, because you use the length of the picket post. 

Fence Picket thickness     Bottom beam thickness     Carriage Bolt length
5 cm 4 (4x6cm) 10 cm
6 cm 4.5 (4.5 x 7 cm) 12 cm
7 cm 5 (5x10 cm) 14 cm

Please note, always mount your lower beam ALONG your picket posts and not ON your pickets. Use galvanized carriage bolts, these are the strongest. Always mount your beams standing up, so you get more strength from the beam.

If you work with an M8 thick carriage bolt, choose a 9 mm drill. With an M10 drill bit, pick up an 11mm hardwood drill bit

Spacing of Wood Fence Pickets

To make a sturdy decking or other construction, it is important to place sufficient wood fence pickets. Depending on the load of your decking or construction, it is advisable to insert a post every MINIMUM of 40 cm in width and length under your construction. You can stake this out in advance with an expansion tape, and measure with the help of a spirit level or tape measure. Picket posts can be inserted after drilling using a post hammer. Hitting picket posts gives just that little bit of extra strength. But be careful not to break the head, so pre-drill 90% with the auger. You can of course also opt for concrete. You then install the picket post in fast concrete, which provides solid anchoring after curing. Adding quick cement is often not necessary.

Hardwood Picket Posts

You have several options when choosing wood fence pickets. Are you going for impregnated picket posts or hardwood picket posts? Hardwood picket posts have some advantages over impregnated picket posts. Both types of picket posts will remain in the ground for a long time without showing wood rot (provided the wood is of high quality). Why we prefer hardwood because it is much sturdier and stronger. Impregnated wood, including impregnated pine, is often a lot softer. This affects the bearing capacity and construction strength of your decking or construction. Impregnated wooden fence pickets in or around water are prohibited, we also recommend hardwood.

After you have placed your wood fence pickets, it is wise to apply landscape fabric over the posts. This prevents weeds from growing up between your decking boards. So don't forget to order your landscape fabric!