A DIY tutorial to build a split rail fence using Simpson Strong-Tie connectors. Installing a beautiful fence made easy with awesome hardware.
I added this split rail fence to the corner of our side yard which makes for a nice separation between us and the neighbors. I think a split rail is the perfect fence for marking the property line while still keeping it peaceful and neighborly. This DIY fence checks off all the right qualities:
- simple post and rail construction
- understated functional hardware
- great properly line marker
- 3 – 4x4x10 pressure treated posts
- 8 – 2x6x8 pressure treated boards
- 16 – Simpson Strong-Tie FB26 connectors
- 96 – #8 x 1 1/4″ Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Drive SD Connector Screws
- rapid set concrete
- miter saw or circular saw
- post hole digger
- plant auger (optional)
- measuring tape
- 5 – 4×4 @ 54” (posts)
- 8 – 2×6 @ 96” (rails)
Step 1: Determine placement of posts and drive stakes into ground at each post location. Use string to keep the stake line straight.
Step 2: Use a plant auger to loosen up the soil where the post will go and then use a post hole digger to make the hole. Keep checking for proper depth. I live in lower NY and my posts are 16” in the ground and 38” above ground. I actually dug an 18” deep hole then filled the bottom 2” with gravel. Insert the post, check for level and plumb then add 4” more gravel. Add mixed concrete (rapid set) and let dry.
Step 3: Attach the fence connector to the post 5” from the top. Then insert 2×6 rail and attach at connector and secure with screws.
It really is just that easy. Once you have all the rails attached step back and enjoy your new view. Amazing what a little effort can produce! This fence project was made super easy using the Simpson Strong-Tie fence connectors.
Do you have a corner in your yard that could benefit from a fence? Maybe consider a side yard that needs a slight division from the neighbors. I always dreamed of having a little fence and I’m so happy I finally took action and made that dream a reality.
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