I am building a 2 3/8" post and cap rail fence. It will have 4 lower rails of 1" sucker rod. Anyone have any good ideas or photos of jigs they have built to keep their rail spacing even distance from top rail? Needless to say I have a lot of fence to build and am looking for a faster way to place my rails , other than measuring out each onc at each post. I hope this makes sense! Thanks in advance!
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Thread: Pipe fence rail spacing jigs???
03-24-2010, 05:25 PM #1Junior Member
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Pipe fence rail spacing jigs???
03-24-2010, 06:03 PM #2
Cope out a 2x4 from wood that will sit on the bottom rail and hold the top one...BobBob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
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03-24-2010, 08:21 PM #3
aa has the simplest solution. You could also make a jig out of angle iron or channel that the verticals can sit in with notches for where your horizontals get welded..
03-24-2010, 08:47 PM #4
Would a long S Hook work?
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03-24-2010, 09:02 PM #5Senior Member
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After you put the top pipe on, just cut some pieces of wood (1x2 will work) the correct length to space the rods. Sandwich them between the rod and the top pipe (or rod above the one you are installing) to get the spacing the same. Let me give you a tip from someone who has done that type of fence. Use 3 or 4 spacers spread out on the rod you are about to weld into place. If you only use a spacer next to the post, the sucker rod will sag and not be in line when you weld it. You will end up welding the rod to the pipe at an angle. You need to have the entire rod pretty close to where it's going to weld before you weld any of it. Also, on sucker rod use 7018 if you want it to stay.Jim
03-24-2010, 10:53 PM #6Junior Member
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I agree with Jim, I would also recommend 1/4" cable clips over the rod if there is going to be much pressure from livestock. But, as Jim said, support the rod in several places before welding, or you will have alot of sagging, especially in upright spacings of 8' or more.