Quantities for Black Post & Rail Style - Part 1 ||
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.
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).