Steps to Install A Split Rail Fencing
Split rail fence is a very common method to fence homesteads and it is also among the earliest fencing methods. It is very important to know how to install a split rail fence, especially those who are living close to the forests. This is for the reason that the enclosure is mostly found in forested areas because it makes most of the materials in wooden area.
Though this method is old, it is still nice and noticeable primarily to those who still stick to the tradition. This method is simple, economical and well-built. The installation is pretty simple and only uses basic tools such as a pair of gloves, helmet, axe, and wedge. Mostly, this method is really great because you can recycle inoperative timbers and construct a helpful and attractive enclosure.
The first step you need to do is to ascertain in which area you would install the fence. Be sure that the area is a safe one 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 very dangerous to anyone around.
After you finally decide you will build your fence, measure the perimeter of the area you want to enclose. Be sure to put a mark on the boundary line to prevent confusion. You can use a ground stakes and make a clear outline by tying a guideline from one corner to following corners. By doing this, you will have a visible guideline and well-stretched line.
With the guideline still there, place all your corner posts. Dig up a hole to place the split posts depth. To be exact, it should accommodate a third of the total length of the post. After that place the concrete to about 24 inches deep and leave it for 72 hours minimum. Place your posts at an approximate distance of 10 to 12 feet from each other. Once it is all done, remove the guidelines and see to it if the posts are align to each other.
Then, place a guide wire and make sure the posts are vertically upright. The importance of setting up the wire is to see if the line is accurate based on its dimension and smoothness.
Measure the length of the posts and make sure that the sizes are similar as possible to maintain a spruce look. Split the post from its top to bottom using an axe.
Lastly, join each rail and split post using the hammer and drive nails. The place will not only keep the place beautiful within, but it will also serve as a strong protection from any destruction.