# Privacy Fence Calculator

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How do I use this privacy fence calculator?Other tools for vinyl or wood privacy fencesFAQsWelcome to the privacy fence calculator, a tool created to know **how many privacy fence panels (aka sections), posts, rails, pickets, and concrete** you'll need to build your privacy fence.

Whether you're building a wood privacy fence or a vinyl privacy fence, **you must forecast the required amount of material to know the final cost**.

If this calculator seems intimidating, don't worry; we explain how to use it below. Additionally, in our fence calculator, you can look at the formulas used.

🙋 If you want complete privacy (zero picket spacing), it may be better to try our board-on-board fence calculator.

## How do I use this privacy fence calculator?

**Number of posts and sections**

To obtain your answer:

**Input**how long your fence will be (**fence length**);**Input**the space between the posts (**post space**); and- Then, our privacy fence calculator will provide the required
**number of posts and sections**(also known as panels) your privacy fence needs.

**Posts length**

To be adequately buried, 1/3 of the post must be underground. **Our privacy fence calculator will provide the appropriate post length** for this, warranting its height matches the fence height. **You only need to input the height your fence will be.**

**Number of rails needed**

The number of rails is the number of sections times the rails per section. Therefore, you must **input the following:**

- The
**rails per section**; and - The info required to determine the number of sections:
**fence length and post space**.

**Number of pickets needed**

To know how many pickets to use, you must input the **picket width**, **spacing**, and **fence length** along which you'll distribute those pickets. To dig deeper, visit our Fence picket calculator.

**Concrete for post footing**

To secure the posts to the ground, you need to know their measurements. Therefore, you must provide the **post shape and dimensions**. For more, visit our post-hole concrete calculator.

## Other tools for vinyl or wood privacy fences

### How many feet of fence for 1/4 acre do I need?

**At least 417 feet**. The answer to how many feet of fence for 1/4 acre you'll need depends on the shape of the land:

- For a squared acre, you'll require 417 feet of fence;
- For a rectangular fence whose length is twice its width, you'll need 443  feet of fence; and
- For an acre of any width, use the formula
**Feet = 2 × (**, where*w*+ 43560/*w*)is the width in feet.**w**

### How much do 240 fence pickets weigh?

240 fence pickets can weigh up to 3850 pounds, depending on how big and dense the pickets are. For example:

- If they're made of a pressure-treated southern yellow pin of 5/8" × 5½" ×
**6-ft**size, they'll**weigh about 1805 lb**; or - If the height is
**8 ft**, they'll**weigh about 2406 lb**.