Chestnut post and rail is perhaps one of the most rustic of the post and rail fencing styles and is still very popular in rural locations because of this.
Chestnut is a beautiful wood that is naturally very strong. This means it has the added perk of not requiring treatment when used as a fence post.
When you couple the strength and durability with a great looking natural finish, you’ll find that chestnut post and rail ticks all the boxes and is a great choice for your property.
You can easily build your chestnut post and rail fencing by concreting or back ramming the posts into the ground. These posts tend to have morticed holes already made ready for the rails. The mortice ended chestnut rails are then inserted into the posts.
As mentioned, one possible method of fixing a fence post for your chestnut post and rail into the ground is back ramming. This is done by digging a hole only a little larger in width than the fence post you are supporting, placing the fence post in the hole and then backfilling with soil and ramming to support the fence post. The soil should be back filled and rammed bit by bit rather than all at once to ensure a good hold.
This method of securing the chestnut fence post is not suggested if the ground you are securing the post into is soft or loose. This method is also only recommended when using posts that provide more than the standard 600mm in the ground and only to be used with chestnut post and rail fencing.
Concreting in chestnut post and rail can be done with either a mixture of ballast and cement, (approx. mix; 6:1) or Postfix. The amount required of either product depends on the size of the hole that the post is going into.