Split Rail Fence Costs

Installing a fence around your property helps keep out strays and prying eyes, and keep in your own loved ones and other valuables. Good fences make good neighbors!

The split rail fence is a rustic style with two or three rough-hewn horizontal “split-rails” supported at stout vertical posts set into the ground with concrete. It reminds us of the classic animal corral of the old west.

You will find that the cost to install wooden split rail fence depends upon the length of fence, type of material, number of corners and gates, the accessibility of the terrain to be fenced, and the labor rate.

In the following tables the Labor Cost figures are what the able DIY person should expect to save by performing the complete installation.

Perimeter fence: to enclose a 60’ x 120’ city lot with 360 feet of 48” tall pinewood split rail fence and one drive-through gate.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Pinewood split rail fence: 2"x4" rails and 8" posts at 8' OC; concrete post holes; including waste.$6per foot380$2,285
Gates: 1 driveway gate, made up of 2 units 4' wide x 48" tall and with closing latches.$238each2$475
Equipment rental: power post-hole digger; and power cement mixer.$25per day4$100
Material Cost$8per foot360$2,860
+ Labor Cost$38per hour60$2,280
Total Cost$14.28per foot360$5,140


Perimeter fence: to enclose a 60’ x 120’ city lot with 360 feet of 48” tall cedar wood split rail fence and one drive-through gate.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Cedar wood split rail fence: 4" round rails and 8" posts at 8' OC; 3 rails; concrete post holes; including waste.$9.67per foot380$3,675
Gates: 1 driveway gate, made up of 2 units 4' wide x 48" tall and with closing latches.$280each2$559
Equipment rental: power post-hole digger; and power cement mixer.$25per day4$100
Material Cost$12.04per foot360$4,334
+ Labor Cost$38per hour60$2,280
Total Cost$18.37per foot360$6,614

Other considerations and costs

  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Be certain of property line location and local regulations regarding fence installation setback and regarding concrete post-footing requirements.

DIY considerations

  • This installation may be suitable for able DIY persons.
  • It requires at least two physically able and prepared persons with special fencing tools and alignment skills in addition to concrete mixing and hole-digging.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

Cost to install split rail fence in my city

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