- Lay out the corners and ends of the fence and set
these posts to correct height, partially back fill for stability.
- Stretch a string from the ends to line up each
- Dig first line post hole about 10' 3" from starting
corner, install this post and rails and repeat until complete. Note:
10' 3" distance is approximate. DO NOT dig all postholes in advance,
they may vary slightly.
- If the distance that the fence covers cannot be
worked in multiples of 10' 3", then the distance between the last two
posts will be less than rail length and the rails must be cut off.
Allow enough length to put a new scarf on the rail by use of a chain
saw or table saw.
- When installing our 86 rails, posts should be
spaced approximately 8 on center.
Note: To compensate for short rails you may want to
divide the shortage by reducing the length of rails on both the first
and last sections. If this is not required then we recommend that the
short section be in a less conspicuous place.
- Dig hole 24" to 30" deep. Exact depth will be
dependent on how high you want the first rail above the ground.
- Place post in the hole, add 12 of dirt, compact
and repeat. Do not finish setting post until next section of post,
plus rail, is installed.
- Compact the back fill by tamping and sloping it
away from the post for drainage.
- If you want to use concrete, place the post in the
hole, fill 12 of dirt, compact. Fill the balance of the hole with
concrete. This will form a concrete collar and will allow moisture to
drain away from the bottom of the post. The drainage is critical for
the longevity of the post and warranty.
Do not set entirely in concrete, YOU WILL VOID
West Virginia Split Rail proves itself in ease of
installation. There is no butting of rails into posts, eliminating
exact post setting. The 6" lap on each end of our West Virginia Split
Rail will allow for irregularities in post setting without detracting
from the overall finished appearance.
Construction and Estimating
This traditional historic fencing is built strictly
with the 11 rail that is not tapered or sawn but actually split with a
machine. This method gives the rails a hand split appearance, as in the
days of Abraham Lincoln.
The actual length of a section is only 7 after
allowing the overlap at each end and the angle, as it snakes back and
forth. Recommended section height requires different quantities of rails
for each section.
Minimum Height is 35 and requires 5 rails per 7
Example: 700 linear is 100 sections, which requires 500 rails.
Standard height is 42 and requires 6 rails per 7
Example: 350 linear is 50 sections, which requires 300 rails.
Historical Height is 49 and requires 7 rails per 7
linear, plus one cross brace rail per section. Example: 1400 linear is
200 sections and requires 8 rails per section for a total of 1600 rails.
This is a special order item and must be ordered in bundles of 75
It is best to place a 5x 8 stone paver or bricks at
the joints of each section to hold the bottom rail off the ground. This
fencing has that traditional beauty that has endeared itself through the