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Installing a split rail fence is an great way to add character to your yard. Here's how to install a split rail fence in your yard.
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Warning: To be sure that your project is clear of all underground utilities, call 888-DIG-SAFE before you start. Also, be sure you are on YOUR property before starting to dig post holes.
Lay out the fence along its path to get a rough idea of where the posts go.
Divide the overall length of the fence by the length of one rail to figure how many sections you will need.
Stretch the string along the ground to determine a straight line for your fence.
Assemble the fence while it is lying on the ground to determine exactly where to dig the post holes.
Using the post hole digger, dig the holes approximately 10" in diameter and approximately 6" deeper than they need to be.
Place 6" of gravel in the bottom of each hole to drain water away from the posts.
Starting with the ends, place the posts in the holes and replace the soil around them. Be sure the holes for the rails are facing in the right direction. Use the level to be sure that the posts are square.
Tamp down the soil firmly around the posts. Mound up some soil around each post to drain away moisture.
To be sure that the height of all the posts is consistent, run a string along the top of the end posts as a guide.
Dig the holes for the line posts following the same procedure.
When all the posts are in, insert the rails.
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