Split rail fences are great for aesthetic value if you like the country look, but also for saving on costs if you want to delineate your property line without using enough wood to create something completely solid, since this is often far more expensive. Here’s how you can build a split rail fence.
Check Local Laws
The first thing you have to do is make sure that you can dig the holes needed to create a split rail fence (I remember this from my old days working in the yard with my father). You may need to go get permission to do this depending on where you live. One of the biggest potential issues with creating a split rail fence is that you could hit a pipe carrying water or even a sewage pipe. You might also hit cables for other things like electricity or Internet, cable TV, or anything else related.
Measure Everything Out
It’s often a good idea to measure out where the split rail fence is going to go ahead of time so you don’t have any surprises. You can do this by driving stakes into the ground and tying rope between them so you know where everything should go.
It’s also important to make sure that you don’t overstep the bounds of your property, so you may need to consult exactly where your property line is first. You’ll also need to figure out how many rails you’ll need, and how many posts based on how much property you want to cover. Once you have the rope down, this will be easier to determine.
Get Everything You Need
You can usually buy the posts, rails and gate from a local store that specializes in this type of thing. Make sure you get enough based on your previous calculations because you don’t want to have to go back.
Install the Posts
You may need a special digging tool called an auger to get the holes for the posts deep enough. You usually need at least a few feet for each post. Once you get the post in the hole, use a rubber mallet to get it in the ground as securely as you can. Repeat this for every post where all of your stakes are.
Connect the Rails
Next, you’ll need to get your rails, and connect them using the notches in the wood posts. They should go right in a notch in one post, and then connect right to a notch in the next post. You may have to do this a few times per post based on how many railings you have. This will likely depend on the fence’s height.