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Question DetailsAsked on 2/1/2014

Where buy split rail fencing 5' posts and 8-10' rails either for self or commercial installation?

We want to purchase approx. 300 ft. of split rail fencing and would like to know the best place to purchase the materials. We are considering either renting a hole digger and doing it ourselves or find someone with expertise that can install reasonably.

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Places to purchase from:

1) box home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot - even if not in stock, some of them have in order system to special order for later delivery.

2) some local lumber yards carry this type of material,, especially if popular in your area

3) some landscaping supply yards and large commercial greenhouses/lawn and garden supply/yard centers carry this

4) many fencing companies carry or can get it - most will sell materials only if you want, or sell materials and also do the post holes for you if you want to build it yourself to save money

5) check on local sawmills, if any - some make these products

6) check equestrian supply store - some might carry for corrals, or might know who does

7) I don't think Angie's List can help with specific sources for this product - you will have to check above sources by googling. You could also ask at lumberyard if they know sources (check contractor's desk), and also any neighbors with split rail fences if they remember where they got it from. Local streets and parks departments would also know IF they use this fence type along roads orto border parks.

8) 5' posts are awful short unless this is just for looks in the front yard and a "stop here" limit for kids or dog - usually you use 6-8 foot posts, because you have to account for at least 24 and preferably more like 3-4" embedment length for the posts to be stable. A 5 foot post only gives you a 2-3 foot high fence.

9) A recommendation - either buy "Green footed" posts, or treat the embedment part plus about 6 inches with copper napthelate or similar copper ground-contact timber preservative. To do it right, get a few 5 gallon pails or even better (to have less preservative left over) Sch 40 PVC pipe piece about 1 foot loner than embedment depth (bottom glue capped) just large enough diameter to fit the posts in, and soak the post feet in the chemical for about 10 minutes each. You can brush it on, but would take 2 coats at least to get decent penetration. Be sure to secure your container so it does not tip over and spill $10-15 worth of liquid on you - plus it kills vegetation plumb dead. I use a couple of pices of PVC pipe held to an embedded post with shrink wrap plastic - though tight rope, strapping, etc will work - just be sure to fasten at least near top and bottom. Do NOT strap to a tree unless it is coming out for the fence - spillage can kill it.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


In referencing this response for another question, I noticed I put a typo (or brain freeze) in it - said " least 24 and preferably more like 3-4" embedment length".

Obviously, I started off with 24" but then said more like 3-4 feet, not inches, embedment. Should have properly read " least 24 and preferably more like 36-48" embedment length"

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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