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Traditional FAQ

What is the Slipfence Traditional Fence system

We called this system Traditional because although you still use our All Aluminum posts, you would use regular 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 wood rails instead of using our Slipfence Aluminum Stringers.

 You would simply purchase our Traditional Brackets that are sold two per pack attach them to the SLIPFENCE aluminum posts with the Stainless Self Drilling screws included in the bracket pack. Once  the brackets are attached to the Aluminum posts, you simply slip in a Regular 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 to be used as your top and bottom rails to screw or nail the fence boards to. If building a taller than 6 foot high or simply to add stability to your fence if building in a windy area, an additional rail can be installed for the middle of the fence panel but simply purchasing one extra Traditional Bracket kit and one more wood rail per fence section.

What is the purpose of the Traditional Slipfence

This traditional system was developed to still have the same ease of set up and replacement as the other Slipfence systems but a lesser cost by using wood as the rails instead of aluminum.

Once you have the top and bottom wood rails affixed to the posts with the Slipfence Traditional Brackets, you can then build what we consider a traditional fence ie board to board, board oon board (overlapping fully private, and also Shadowbox.

In 1015 years when the wood has been weathered and perhaps needs replacing, you simply unscrew the top and bottom rails from the brackets, lift off the complete panel and dispose of the panel in one piece.  Then start with new 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 rails and start the fence build again.

The POSTS which are the backbone of you fence and also the hardest to remove and reset stay in the ground, they should not need replacing.

How high can I make a traditional fence

A Traditional fence can be constructed up to 8 feet high. Keep in mind Fence boards typically come cut from the mill at standards lengths of 5', 6', and 8'

To construct and 8 foot high fence you will need to purchase the 12' long Slipfence Posts because an 8 foot high fence needs to be secured at least 4' into the ground with concrete for stability.

Although only 2 rails are needed for an average 6 foot high fence, 3 rails per section are recommended for an 8 foot high fence to provide stability in the fence panel. So for each 8 foot high panel you need to purchase 3 Traditional Bracket kits as each kit packs 2 brackets per kit.

how wide to I set the posts for a traditional fence

8 foot centres or 8 foot between posts in recommended so that standard 8 foot long lumber either 2x4 or 2x6  can be used with very little cutting and almost no waste.

Also if it is a traditional Shadowbox style fence you are building, you can use the Slipfence Cap rail to top off the fence panel and give it a very nice finished look. The top cap rails are pre-cut 92.5" long.