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6 Tips for Building a Split Rail Fence

November 25, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Traditional wood split rail fence is both economical and fairly easy to install.

Traditional wood split rail fence is both economical and fairly easy to install.

Homeowners like split rail fences as they are among the simplest and most economical type of fence to build.  Drive around the rolling hills of the western Maryland area and you’re sure to see quite a few of them surrounding some lovely farms or gorgeous homes in suburban areas.  To many of us at Frederick Fence, there’s nothing more gorgeous than a split rail fence—they’re one of the most decorative and you can now build them using vinyl, which means the sections will never warp or fade!  A majority of the time you’ll see split rail fence covered with welded wire, which helps keep your children and pets in the yard and pesky critters like deer and rabbits off property.

Adding a split rail fence to your yard augments its appearance with a natural, rustic beauty. Split rail’s design is simple and it’s one of the easiest fences for a first time DIYer.  If you’re considering building a split rail fence soon, here are seven tips to help you build fence that will make your process easier:

 

  1. Consider installing a split rail style gate.  It’s a lot easier than installing a picket gate fence.  However, if you want to install a picket gate and are not sure how, call us for help!
  2. Make sure to set your posts on 10’6” centers.  Rails for a split rail fence are 11’ tip to tip.  The ends of rails are tapered or “paddled” so they can overlap when they are put in the post. If you set you posts 10’6” from the center of post to center of post, this will give you the perfect space to accommodate the rails.
  3. Rails should overlap 3” on either side. If you have less overlap, the rail are more likely to fall out over time, if your posts are too close, you can’t overlap too much and the rails won’t fit.
  4. Secure your rails with a nail on the ends and corners, and short sections.  These portions of fence are the most likely to move.  The ends are corners are called terminals and bear a lot of the load.  The short sections are custom built and need to be secured to avoid any rails falling out.
  5. Dry pack all post holes with about 25 lbs of concrete.  This will keep them in place even among the harshest of weather conditions.  If your posts are not properly set, your fence may become less sturdy over time and you may find yourself re-installing some sections if we have to endure a lot of harsh weather during winter and spring.
  6. Your gate opening should be 2” wider than the width of the actual gate panel in order to accommodate for the hardware
3 rail vinyl fence

Vinyl split rail fence is the perfect fence for DIYers wanting to install one fence to last a lifetime that requires little to no maintenance!

Got more questions on building a split rail fence? You can chat with us online or just stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive—we’re open weekdays until 5 PM during winter and we’ll be open on Saturdays from early spring through late fall—we’re happy to offer you everything you need to build your own split rail fence!

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Wood Fence Installation: Assembled Versus Stick Built Fence

November 15, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Are you a DIY devotee and wonder what type of wood fence to install?  There are two ways to install a wood fence—you can either install assembled panels or build your panels on site.  It all depends on what your needs are and the grade of your property.  Here’s some basic information to help you decide:

Stockade fence is the most popular type of assembled fence for DIYers.

Stockade fence is the most popular type of assembled fence for DIYers.

Assembled Fence

The only type of fence we install in panels is stockade fence, which is a six foot privacy fence.  If you’re looking to build a fence where you, your children and pets can enjoy the outdoors without being observed by everyone around you, this is a great fence that’s highly cost effective compared to vinyl.  Paddock fence installs also tend to go quickly and easy as most of your time is spent measuring the posts to hold up the sections.

One of the biggest downsides of using assembled fence is that you cannot accommodate a grade (a slant or hill on the fence perimeter) and you would need to step your wooden fencing panels. If you have a yard with any type of hills or slope, it’s best to stick build your fence.

Stick Built Fence

When a fence is stick built, the posts are set, runners are strung, and then the fence is boarded.  This way the fence can flow with the grade.  It is often sturdier as well because it typically is installed with joist clips for the 2x4s and uses the highest quality pressure treated or cedar boards.  Stick built fence requires significantly more time than assembled fence and a bit more skill as you constantly have to pay attention to the grade each step of the way.  You also need to measure twice as joist hangers requires an EXACT space between posts. If you measure incorrectly, your fence will turn out uneven and will not be as sturdy.

When working with stick built fence, remember your fence needs to flow with the grade of your ground in order to remain both even and sturdy.

When working with stick built fence, remember your fence needs to flow with the grade of your ground in order to remain both even and sturdy.

Just remember that wood fence is typically installed in 8’ wide sections; most pre-made wooden fencing panels are cut to this width.  When you install a fence and a portion of the fence that is less than 8’, you would need to cut the panel down to fit (which can sometimes be a pain).  If you’re building a fence and one of your sections requires you to install a 28’ stretch of fence, do not install three 8’ wide sections and then a small 3’ section, people will see the panels and think that the one small panel looks like a mistake on your part.  We recommend splitting the difference among several sections to make them all appear to be similar widths.  Trust us, it will look more appealing than the odd shorter section on one end of the fence.  When you install prebuilt panels, you’ll just need to cut several sections to achieve that consistent look.

If you’ve never built a fence before and need help, feel free to use our online chat feature and we’ll be happy to answer your wood fence design and installation questions. For expert wooden fence installation advice, stop by our showroom on Tilco Drive and our fence experts will give you all the tips you need for a successful fence installation. In fact, if you want the best price on quality fence materials, just bring your truck by our shop and you’ll drive home with everything you need to build a fence!

 

 

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Meet Our Newest Commercial Fence Team Members:
Jeff Black & Brody Barger

November 6, 2017 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Frederick Fence is pleased to announce two new additions to our team of fence design and installation experts who both bring a refined set of skills and knowledge to help us expand our Commercial Sales Division:  Jeff Black and Brody Barger.

Meet Jeff Black, Frederick Fence's newest Commercial Account Consultant

Meet Jeff Black, Frederick Fence’s newest Commercial Account Consultant

Meet Jeff Black

Jeff Black brings significant sales, construction and aluminum experience to his new role as one of our Commercial Account Consultant.  A born and bred Maryland native, Jeff spent the early part of his career in the home building industry, specializing in construction and HVAC work.  This lead to an interest in fencing to where he ran his own custom aluminum fabrication company for twelve years. When asked why he joined the Frederick Fence team, Black says he wanted a change of pace and an opportunity to leverage his years of business development in a more family-family friendly atmosphere.

Jeff’s focus at Frederick Fence will focus on cultivating relationships with our commercial customers—most notably property management companies, site developers, home owner associations and general contractors between Howard and Frederick County.

Jeff’s favorite style of fence is paddock fencing as he likes a more rustic looking fence that makes use of natural materials.

Looking for a fence or commercial railing solution in the Maryland area?  Use our Chat function to contact Jeff Black and he’ll be happy to pay a visit to your business and show you how Frederick Fence can help you enhance your property!

Meet Brody Barger, our new Business Development Consultant

Meet Brody Barger, our new Business Development Consultant

Meet Brody Barger

Brody Barger brings an extensive sales and retail management background to his role as our Business Development Consultant.  Born and raised in Kingwood, West Virginia, Brody brings a solid foundation for developing businesses, having spent many years working for his grandfather, who owns and operates Childs Feed and Supply in the Kingwood area.  Prior to joining Frederick Fence, Brody worked for Lowes in their Exterior and Commercial Sales division, where he developed his extensive knowledge of outdoor environmental engineering, including fence, patio and deck installation.

In this newly created position within our Commercial division, Brody will primarily partner with existing fence contractors and home construction start-ups and help them develop and grow their businesses.

Brody’s favorite style of fence is vinyl as he appreciates how this material offers so many options and infinite designs where you’re limited only by your imagination when designing a fence.

Are you a DIY enthusiast who’s ready to take your passion for working outdoors to the next level? Have your own fence contractor company and need some expert business advice on how to price your projects for profit?  Use our Chat function to schedule a consultation with Brody and he’ll show you how you can create a sustainable small business!

 

 

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