How to Make Split Rails with PVC

PVC pipes.
  • 5 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-200
What You'll Need
4-inch square PVC pipe
2-inch round PVC pipe
Post hole digger
PVC caps
2 1/8-inch drill bit
PVC glue
Measuring tape
Face mask

A fence that uses split rails is the simplest form of fence you can have on your property. They are made from wood and typically are logs that have been cut and shaved down to the size you need. Split rails are installed in 2 or 3 rows between posts at about 1 1/2-foot apart from each other and 6 inches from the top and bottom of the posts. Even though fences with split rails are often made from wood they can also be constructed out of PVC pipe. This is not traditional by any means, but it is extremely inexpensive to do and this article will show you how.

Step 1 - Size of the Fence

It's important to map out the size of the area where you plan to put the fence with PVC split rails. Hammer stakes into the ground where the posts will be. Once the stakes are in use a measuring tape and measure the space between the stakes. To determine the size of the split rails you need to measure the space between the stakes and add to that the width of a post.

Step 2 - Cut the PVC

Cutting PVC will create a lot of dust and potential shards of sharp plastic. Make sure that when you cut PVC that you use goggles and face masks to protect yourself from these hazards. It is also a good idea to place the piece to be into a vice grip. This will prevent the PVC from moving as you saw it.

Start with the posts and determine the height of the fence. Measure it on the square PVC and cut the PVC to meet the length of the height of the fence and make enough pieces for stakes you placed.

Cut the small PVC pipe according to the measurements you acquired when measuring the space between the stakes in addition to the width of one square PVC section. You want two or three PVC split rails per section of fence.

Mark the posts where the split rails will be installed. Measure 6 inches up from the bottom and make a mark. This is the depth the posts should be in the post hole. Two inches from this line is where the bottom split rail will be placed.

Measure 2 inches from the top and this is the top split rail. Split the distance from top and bottom split rails to find where the middle split rail will be placed. Drill the holes and makes sure corner posts have two holes in them for both split rails.

Step 3 - Install the Fence

Make a 6-inch deep post hole for each stake and fill with a little sand. Place the posts inside the holes and pack with more sand and dirt. Apply PVC glue around the holes and slide the split rails in place. Add PVC glue around the post tops and add the caps.