5 Split Rail Fencing Installation Tips

Split rail fencing can add a lot of rustic charm to any home or property. This style is often used for horse fencing and apartment buildings. It is comparatively low in overall cost compared to other types of fencing, so it adds charm and savings at the same time. If you plan on installing this in your home, here are a few tips that might make your project go smoother and faster. 

Tip 1 - Check for Utility Lines

The very first thing you must do before installing any fence on your property is to call your utilities company and make sure they come out and check for any underground lines and then have them mark them for you.

Tip 2 - Plan for the Fencing Materials

Determine just how much material you will need before purchasing it. Begin by putting stakes in the ground around the area you are fencing and then run string all around where the stakes are. Make sure the string is straight and tight. Take a tape measure if you don’t have a measuring wheel and very carefully measure all around the area to be fenced. Do this at least twice to make sure your measurements are accurate.

The easiest way to figure out how much material you will need is to take your measurements to your local home improvement store. Any specialist should be able to help.

Tip 3 - Plan for Post Positions

Once you have your supplies you will need to measure off where your first end post will go. This will be at the beginning of the fence. Lay a rail down and measure that length for the next post. Continue to do this till you have done the entire area.

Tip 4 - Properly Install the Posts

When putting the posts in, make sure to mark the post at the level you will have the dirt come up to. This is generally 2 feet. Begin with first end post and dig a hole that is around a foot wide and about 6 inches deeper than you marked on the post. Now put in 6 inches of gravel. Put post in then cover with dirt and tap dirt down around post. Do this will all of your posts.

Tip 5 - Manipulate the Rails

The rails can be placed around as you go around doing the posts. If a post is too tall for the rails, it is better to dig the hole deeper than it is to cut the top of the post.