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Illustration of typical fence layout drawingEstimating Quantities for Post & Rail Styles - Part 1 || Next Part

The illustration to the right is a simple drawing that shows an example of the type of information you need to start with in order to figure materials for your post and rail fence.

Note that gate sizes may be limited to what is available in the style that you have chosen. Refer to the pricing pages to determine gate size availability.

All of the gates in the Post and Rail sizes can be doubled up to create a double swing gate to increase gate opening sizes.

It is important to figure in advance where gates are to be placed. This will affect the amount of posts and panels on each side of the gate. It is wise, where possible to place gates an even number of sections from one end of a line or the other. That way the section on that side at least does not need to be cut and an extra post might be avoided. Naturally a sidewalk or driveway gate can not be moved, but perhaps the fence line down at the end can be moved in or out instead.

Summarize the details as shown in the darkened rectangle. S1, S2, etc. refers to each line of fence. Notice that the exact measurement on each side of the gate is included. This detail is often overlooked by most novices. It does matter where you place the gate. It will affect the number of posts you need and the type (end, corner or line post).