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How to Fix a Wooden Split Rail Fence With PVC Pipe

Split rail fences are basic fences that have pikes and rails that stretch along the pikes to hold them in place. Since wood is expensive, you can fix a split rail fence using PVC pipe. Keep in mind, however, the fence will not have a uniform look to it and PVC pipe does not provide the same strength as a wooden fence.

Things You'll Need

  • Hacksaw
  • Permanent marker
  • Drill
  • Steel pipe
  • 1/8-inch screws and bolts
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    • 1

      Measure the length of the wooden slats that need to be replaced. If it is an entire section, you will need to measure the height for each pike and add 5 inches. The additional 5 inches are needed to secure the pikes into the ground.

    • 2

      Cut two rails to the length needed for the support of the fence.

    • 3

      Mark the pikes with a permanent marker 5 inches from the bottom and 3 inches from the top of the PVC pikes. The mark 3 inches from the top is where the first rail will go. The pikes must be 5 inches into the ground to provide proper support.

    • 4

      Divide the distance between the mark 3 inches from the top of the pike and the mark 5 inches from the bottom. Place another mark halfway between these two points. This mark is where the second rail will go.

    • 5

      Drill a 1/8-inch hole into each railing on the markings from Steps 3 and 4.

    • 6

      Position the railings on the pikes and drill a hole to match the holes already drilled into the pikes from Step 5. You will need at least one pike for every 2 feet of fencing.

    • 7

      Use 1/8-inch screws with bolts to secure the PVC railings to the PVC pikes.

    • 8

      Dig holes 5 inches into the ground using a steel pipe. Make the holes just large enough to fit the PVC pikes and drop the fence into the holes. Then, fill in the holes with dirt. Water the holes and then pack in additional dirt to ensure the fence stays securely in place.