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West Virginia Split Rail™ Buckhannon, WV 1-800-624-3110

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Snake Rails

West Virginia Split Rail is a US Government approved vendor for wood fence products. It’s authentic actual split snake rail fencing (also known as zig zag or Shenandoah stack rail) brings back an era of pre-civil war and adds a rustic charm to any park setting. This product brings back an era of pre-civil war and adds a rustic charm to any park setting.

 Product Summary
West Virginia Split Rail™ found its origin in the tradition of hand split logs into rails.  These were stacked in the style depicted in the picture and found at National Civil War Parks such as Gettysburg.  When you want the historical look and feel of Early America, this is the fence for you.
Snake Rail Fencing Construction & Estimating
This traditional historic fencing is built strictly with the 11’ split rail that is not tapered or sawn, but split with a log splitting machine similar to a firewood splitter, except for full length logs.  Hence the  real hand split appearance brings back an authentic view of fences in the days of Abraham Lincoln.
The Section
The actual length of a section is only 7’ after allowing for the overlap at each end and the angle as it snakes back and forth down the  property line as depicted in the web site pictures.
Specifications
Rail Description Shipping Weight Average Girth Approx. Size
 Sawn 11' PT  Snake Rail 37 lbs. 14" Triangular
 Traditional 11' PT Snake Rail 37 lbs. 14" Triangular
Shipping Specifications:
Snake Rails      75 pcs per unit
Truckloads
16 Units - 1200 pieces.
 
Recommended Section heights require different  quantities of rails for each section.
Minimum Height - 35” and requires 5  rails per 7’ of linear length section.
Example:  700’ linear is 100 sections, which requires 500 rails.
Standard Height - 42” and requires 6 rails per 7’  of linear length section.
Example: 350’ linear is 50 sections, which requires  300 rails.
Historic Height - 49” and requires 7 rails per 7’ of linear length section
(plus one cross brace rail per section)
Example:   1400’ linear section is 200 sections and requires 8 rails per section for a total of 1600 rails.  
Special reminders when ordering this product and installing:
  • This is a special order item and must be ordered in bundles of 75 pieces
  • It is best to place a 5” x 8” stone pavers or a couple of solid bricks at the joins of each section to hold the bottom rail off of the ground slightly for added service.
  • This fencing has the beauty that has proven itself through the centuries.