Getting Started...Plan Your Fence

When planning your corner accent or fence, there are a number of options to consider:

  • What style is right for you?
  • Do you want a permanent fence or one that you may want to relocate at a later date, or even take with you if you were to move?
  • Are the conditions right for digging stake holes?
  • Do you want a fence that will "flow" around a curved driveway, walkway, or some other interesting feature of your property?

Once you have made these decisions, measured and marked out your fence, and determined the amount of materials required, you are ready to build your fence. If you need further assistance, contact your local cedar split rail dealer or visit our web site for more detailed instructions.

3 Easy Steps to Building Your Fence:

Setting the vertical stakes

Lay out fence line

  • Place a temporary peg at each end and corner and connect them with a string.
  • Mark each stake location along the string.

Digging holes for vertical stakes

  • Check for buried cables.
  • Dig a hole 8" in diameter and 2' to 3' deep.

Setting vertical support rails

  • Tamp a 2" gravel base in the bottom of the hole.
  • Place the stake in the hole and add a few shovels of the material removed from the hole and tamp around the stake.
  • Hole a level on the stake to ensure that it is perpendicular.
  • Shovel in the rest of the material initially removed from the hole and tamp. checking frequently to ensure the stake is perpendicular.
Attaching Rails
  • Use 16 gauge wire to fasten rails to vertical support rails.
  • Use enough wire to go around the stakes and rail 1 ½ times, with an overlap of approximately 15cm.
    (figure 1.)
  • Use 2 fence staples to secure both ends of the wire, pulling the wire tight before hammering in the last staple.
  • Twist the wire tight with a screwdriver. (figure 2.)
Finishing an end
  • Simply place the end rails on the ground in a fan pattern.
  • Rest one rail on top of the other and wire a vertical stake to both sides of the end rails.
  • Raise the bottom end rail until it is horizontal to the ground and wire it to vertical stakes on both sides of the end rail. Wire the rest of the end rails to the vertical stakes, parallel to the bottom rail. You may find it easier to use a "filler block" between the end rails and vertical stakes to prop up the end rails and keep them in place.

Other useful tips!

  • Place larger, heavier rails on the bottom rows and smaller, lighter rails on the top rows.
  • Use 14 gauge wire if you need a very strong fence to control large animals.