|Vinyl Post & Rail Installation
(Hoover Fence Co. no longer installs fence, article used to show a 4-rail
Post & Rail installation for graphic purposes only)
Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
This is a 4 rail 100% vinyl post and rail
fence installed by Hoover Fence Co. It has the flat interior type caps. They fit on the
inside of the post so horses can't bite the cap off the post. Our crews only travel south
for installations during the winter months. If you are in a warm winter climate (above 32
degrees F.), we can quote you a price for a December through February installation.
This job was 6300' of fence. We are not
really interested in installing your small backyard fence, unless you are in the Bahamas
or Keys of Florida. This job had 800 posts and used 80 yards of concrete. Unless you are
tough as nails, leave this size job for the "Professionals". Some holes had to
be jack hammered (key words here are "Mountain Lake"). Our crews are some of the
finest of many fence professionals across the USA and we are proud of them. Smaller jobs
can easily be done by the average homeowner with a little "grunt" work and the
ability to read a level.
If you do have some equipment to drill
the holes and move the concrete, you can save yourself thousands of dollars in
Vinyl 4 Rail Post & Rail
- 2" x 6" ribbed rails
- 5" x 5" posts
- 12" x 42" concrete footers
- Ring retainers for rails
- 100% virgin vinyl (reground vinyl is taboo!)
Lesson 1: Keep the vinyl
rails clean to avoid scratching as they are slid into the prerouted posts.
Some Facts: The height of the fence is
about 57" to the top rail. Flat interior caps are used for horse fence to make it
more difficult for the horses to bite the cap edge on exterior types. The rails are a full
2" thick by 6" wide.
Lesson 2: 16' rails were used for
additional strength. Each rail spans 3 posts and the ends are placed alternating so all 4
rails do not end at the same line post.
Concrete Footers: 12" diameter x
42" deep. Posts are stuck into the wet concrete after pouring to assure that each one
is filled on the interior also. Failure to do so will allow water and temperatures to
"bust" the footers apart. Each end and corner post is filled with concrete to
the top rail and reinforced with 1/2" rebar. In addition, we filled line posts on
long runs about every 120' or so. We find it best to keep footers 2-6" below the
grade to prevent post-heaving. Figure 8-9 posts per yard depending on digging conditions.
We got hit hard on demurrage charges because our 3 yard pours exceeded the 1 hour dump
time allowed by our concrete company. Most of the concrete had to be carried by
front-loader to the holes. Faster dump times and bigger loads could be handled along the
driveway where concrete was "chuted" into the holes.
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