Steps to Install A Split Rail Fencing
One of the early methods in fencing is the split rail fence, it is typical used to fence farmhouses. It is very important to know how to install a split rail fence, especially those who are living close to the forests. The reason is because the enclosure is often found in forested area since most of its readily available materials are found in the wooden area.
It is both beautiful and appealing despite the fact that this method is old-fashioned and many people still use this especially those who still keep in touch with tradition. It is easy, generally well-fortified and economical. The installation is also simple and functional because it uses basic tools like wedge, helmet, axe, and a pair of gloves. The very important thing about this method is that you can recycle your inoperative timbers and make it into a useful and beautiful enclosure.
The first step you need to do is to ascertain in which area you would install the fence. Check first if the place is safe and is okay to excavate. Also, see to it that there is no gas, water or power line beneath the area you are supposed to dig up holes. The lines can be risky to the workforce and to those around the area.
After choosing the perfect area to install your fence, measure the perimeter of the area you want to enclose. To avoid confusion, make sure that you put a sign or mark on the boundary line. You can make a mark by using ground stakes and create an outline by tying a guide from one corner to another corner. Through this, you can be able to make a straight and well-stretch line.
With your guideline still in position, set up your corner posts. Dig up an appropriate hole to place the split posts. To get the correct size of your hole, it should fit a third of the total length of the post. Then, put the concrete 24 inches deep and leave it for at least 72 hours. Place your posts at an approximate distance of 10 to 12 feet from each other. After that, you can now remove the guidelines you made and check if the posts are in straight line.
Also, set up a guide wire and check if the posts are vertically upright. The reason of placing a wire is to determine the accuracy of the line both in smoothness and dimension.
After that, measure the length of all your posts to keep a clean appearance. Split the post from its top to bottom using an axe.
The last step is to join the split post and rail together by using hammer and drive nails. The fence will be strong enough to protect anything within from any damage and keeping the place beautiful.