I would like to fence my yard for two smallish dogs. After getting some heart-stopping estimates, I decided I would tackle it myself. However, in talking to people about how to do it, I've become too intimidated to try.
I would like to do a picket fence, probably using panels, 3 feet high. I've been told it's absolutely critical that the posts be exactly the same height, set in concrete at least 2 feet deep, perfectly squared, must use several inches of gravel in the bottom, set up props and don't touch them for days after pouring concrete, don't use the quickie cement, etc. etc.
I've also been told not to go near HD or Lowe's vinyl panels, "they're junk." But I'm only fencing in two small dogs, not pigs or a bull. It doesn't need to be that sturdy and I don't even want it to be permanent, although it needs to last for several years. I live in town, so it has to look presentable, but I can't believe I have to hire pros and spend $8K+ to get it to look nice.
Do I really have to set the posts in concrete? What's the risk (other than having it look a little sloppy) if the posts aren't perfectly set? Are panels a good choice? Is there a compelling argument against using just any old panels? Is installing a fence really so tricky that an inexperienced DIYer shouldn't even try?