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    Default Ratios for a Picket Fence (Golden Mean maybe)

    Howdy,

    What are the accepted parameters of a picket fence.

    For example;


    1. Should the gap between the pickets be equal to the thickness of the pickets,
    2. Should the post be equal in height above pickets as to the posts width
    3. Should the rail the pickets are attached to be equal in width to the pickets (but thicker)
    4. Should the distance between the top of the pickets and the rail be equal to no 2 above
    5. Am I making this into too much of a science?


    We are looking to build a white picket fence for our 1930's weather board cottage in Victoria Park (WA) and have decided to make it from;


    • 90x90 galv posts with end caps and all welds ground smooth so as to resemble timber,
    • 40x20 square top pickets between posts


    A standard design approach would help greatly.

    Help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4xsama View Post
    Howdy,

    What are the accepted parameters of a picket fence.

    For example;


    1. Should the gap between the pickets be equal to the thickness of the pickets,
    2. Should the post be equal in height above pickets as to the posts width
    3. Should the rail the pickets are attached to be equal in width to the pickets (but thicker)
    4. Should the distance between the top of the pickets and the rail be equal to no 2 above
    5. Am I making this into too much of a science?


    We are looking to build a white picket fence for our 1930's weather board cottage in Victoria Park (WA) and have decided to make it from;


    • 90x90 galv posts with end caps and all welds ground smooth so as to resemble timber,
    • 40x20 square top pickets between posts


    A standard design approach would help greatly.

    Help!
    Can only make a couple of suggestions.

    The spacing is a bit of a personal preference thing, you can have large spacing like the old federation picket fences right down to 5mm spacing if it's a modern style you are after. One thing you can do is find another fence on your area that you like and measure theirs!

    Personally I wouldn't use steel posts as I don't think they will ever resemble timber. Is timber an option?

    Attached might help.

    How_to_build_a_picket_fence.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by paddyjoy View Post
    ... you can have large spacing like the old federation picket fences right down to 5mm spacing if it's a modern style you are after.
    I wouldn't make it as little as 5mm, but that is not to do with looks. I would be thinking that sooner or later you are going to have to paint the darn thing.

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    You can borrow my forearm if you like. I don't mind lending a hand...


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