How to Make a Vinyl Split Rail Fence
A vinyl split rail fence is something that you will be able to make yourself. Making a split rail fence out of vinyl has plenty of benefits, especially when compared to other types of fencing. Vinyl is easy to work with when you are assembling and is also quite durable. You will also find that you do not have to worry about mold, rot or the fence cracking. It is entirely weather resistant and very easy to clean. You just need some soap and a water hose in order to get the job done. There is no such thing as paint chipping off of your vinyl fencing and it is also much less expensive in the long run. You may also even be able to find vinyl fencing with a nice warranty backing it up.
Step 1 – Check for Utilities
The first thing that you should do before you dig is to call and check to make sure that you will not be disturbing any of your underground utilities. Take note of where the utilities are located and plan your fence around them.
Step 2 – Mark Ground
With your string, you will need to get some stakes out and mark the ground where the fence will be going. It is a good idea to measure out the length of the fence as you measure out where you will have each post go. Once you have done that, get the length of the rails and divide.
Step 3 – Precut
It is always a good idea for you to precut all of the posts so that they will go with your vinyl rails. Make sure that you measure at least twice before you begin to cut to make sure that you will not have to get more material or make more than one cut.
Step 4 – Dig
With your post hole digger, dig where one third of your vinyl posts will be inside of the ground. You will want the post to be inside of the ground by less than an entire foot below where the bottom rail will be connected.
Step 5 – Installation
You will need to start down with the end vinyl posts and line each of them up right. Get out your string to hold them up and use your level to make sure that they are straight. As you put the dirt back into the holes, continue to use your level on the poles to ensure that they are plumb. Make sure that you fill at least a foot of the hole up with sand or gravel or concrete.
Step 6 – Rails
Get the rails inserted into the posts. If your rail is too large for the post hole, then simply cut it down until it fits. This is typically much easier than attempting to drill a bigger hole. You will need to do this until you have gone around your entire yard.