There's an almost unbelievable amount of misinformation on the market about building wooden fencing. A visit to any bookstore or lumberyard that caters to the weekend handyman will turn up an abundance of how-to books containing the same plagiarized misinformation, all of them obviously put together by writers and editors with no real-world experience in the trades.

That's bad news for a lot of amateur builders, but it does ensure a steady supply of work for me. My business, The Fence Doctor, specializes in building and repairing wooden fences. I've found this to be a very profitable market niche because few fencing contractors have any interest in doing repairs. The tools required are minimal: My basic kit...

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