Fence Post

Posted on July 17, 2017

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This post is part of an occasional series featuring guest bloggers who are Simpson Strong-Tie brand ambassadors. Today’s post is by Jaime Costiglio from That’s My Letter. Thank you Jaime!

Curb appeal and yard improvements can give you major bang for your buck, especially when you do the work yourself.  Adding a fence is one project that can dramatically enhance your property in many ways. I created an architectural element by raising a split rail fence on one edge of our property to make a nice divide between our yard and the neighbors’.

And I was able to install this fence with ease using Simpson Strong-Tie fence brackets:

These fence brackets make the connection between the rails and posts simple, quick and strong.  There’s no need for toenailing or trying to screw the rail to the post.  I’m sharing the steps below on how to install a split rail fence using Simpson Strong-Tie fence brackets.

Above are the dimensions for one section of my fence.  Be sure to measure your space and account for the frost line, depending on where you live.

Materials:

  • (3) 4×4 x 10ʹ pressure-treated posts
  • (8) 2×6 x 8ʹ pressure-treated boards
  • (16) Simpson Strong-Tie FB26 connectors
  • (96) #9 x 1½” Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Drive® SD Connector screws
  • Gravel
  • Rapid-set concrete

Tools:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Drill
  • Post hole digger
  • Plant auger (optional)
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • String
  • Stakes

Cut List:

  • (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. Using a plant auger, loosen up the soil where the post will go, then use the 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 FB26 fence connector to the post 5″ from the top.  Then insert 2×6 rail and attach at connector.

It really is just that easy.  Once you have all the rails attached, step back and enjoy your new view!

It’s amazing what a little effort can produce! This fence project was made super simple using the Simpson Strong-Tie fence connectors.

Do you have a border that could benefit from a fence? A side yard that needs to be marked off from the neighbors’ property? I always dreamed of having a little fence, and I’m so happy I finally took action and made that dream a reality.