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Overview

Create some extra privacy for your outdoor space by adding a fence extension. They're super affordable and really easy to install. Here's how.

Steps

1Check with your neighbours first

You know the saying – everybody needs good neighbours. And you'll want to keep them on side for this little project; so let them know your plans first. Who knows – they might even end up splitting the cost with you? You should also check your local council or state government for any regulatory restrictions – these may relate to colour, height, or where the fence is installed on your block.

2Pick up your fence extensions

We have a heap of different varieties of fence extension kits. Some come already made up, while there are some that you slot together and create yourself. Once you've decided which to use, you can opt to leave your timber panels ‘natural' or paint them like we did (do this first, before installing). 

3Measure up your fence

The extension panels we're using come already measured to 2.4m in width. To figure out how many we needed, we measured the entire length of the fence, then divided that number by 2.4. Easy!

DIY Step Image - How to install a fence extension. Blob storage upload.

4Slip your extensions over the fence

Once you've measured, you're ready to slot your extenders over the fence – use gloves to do this so you don't get splinters. You'll need your long panels to be on the front of the fence, with the short panels on the side with the rails.

DIY Step Image - How to install a fence extension. Blob storage upload.

5Fix them together

We used 44mm galvanised screws to fix our extenders to the fence – these are weatherproof, so ideal for outdoor use. Use one per fence post to secure them to the rail, then use an impact driver drill to screw them in nice and tight (if you're screwing them into the paling side, 75mm galvanised screws are probably better).

Green Bunnings hammer
Pro tip: impact drivers are louder than a regular drill, so use ear protection.
DIY Step Image - How to install a fence extension. Blob storage upload.

6Admire your handiwork

How easy was that? Now you've added more height to the fence you've got more privacy – summer sunbathing, here we come!

7Watch more projects from this episode

Watch the full Make It Yours backyard episode and discover more D.I.Y. projects.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.