Step 3: Cutting the PVC Bars and Posts

In order to create a single 8' panel, you will need 3 pieces (sticks) of  1/2" PVC and 1 piece (stick) of the 2" PVC.

The look I wanted for my fence was an arched rolling top. To get this effect, I had to cut different sized pieces. When you take the 10' piece of PVC, you can see there is a bell on one end, (only for the electrical PVC). This bell is used to couple two pieces of PVC together. We do not need this piece and it is not helpful to the finished look of the fence. It will be cut off with your third cut.

To get the rolling look, you will need 2 tall, 4 medium, and 3 short pieces. Out of the 10' section of pipe, the most you can use is 116" of the 120" due to the bell. My cut list is below

stick one: 42",  38",  34" 

Stick two: 42",  38",  34"

Stick three: 38",  38",  34"

2" PVC end post:  Cut off the bell, measure and cut in half the remainder, should be about 57" each. The fence post will be much taller than the fence. You may want to resize it to be about the same height as your fence. I will cut the middle pieces shorter (about 38") and leave the corners long (57").

This is where the PVC cutter comes in handy. It will save you time and effort. It cuts the PVC clean and very easily. It can only cut up to 1 1/4" diameter so you will need a saw (hack saw or sawzall) to cut the 2" end posts

***Safety tip***
If you bought a ratcheting PVC cutter, be careful with the blades. The opening will be much bigger than the pipe. If you click the handle to get the blade closer to the pipe before putting the pipe inside the jaws, it may snap down fully. If you have a finger in the way, it will not care and you will get to visit the ER.

<p>great instructions. A couple things I did. I used 5/8 dowels to connect the 5/8 finials. I used great stuff foam insulation in the 2 inch tube to stabilize it .Thanks for the great idea. </p>
<p>Glad it worked out for you. Good luck using it for years to come. This is my 5th year and it is still going strong.</p>
Thanks for your instructable Haunted Spider. My son and I completed our Cemetery Fence this weekend. The only thing we did different was to use 3/8&quot; rebar to support the fence ( 1 piece of rebar in each of the long posts, so two per section). Your instructions were spot on. Here's a picture of our completed work. <br> <br>Thanks again, <br>Flying Conch <br>
The fence looks great. I like the aged rust look. What technique did you end up using for that? I never found one I really liked so I left it black.
We used a can of rust colored primer in a spray can. Started light and continued to add. This afternoon, I'm headed down to the canal to get some Spanish Moss.
Wonderful fence. I built it 2 years ago from your directions and its still going strong. It's seems to get better with age and gets the rustic look. I can't wait to put it up his year.
Glad it is still working out for you. This will be my 4th year putting up the fence and it still works great for me as well. I have actually added some LED lamps to a few of the posts leading to my drive and sidewalk. But otherwise it is unchanged and still holding. Good luck with the set up this year.
Holy Crap.<br>Beyond awesome. This is on my list of things to do in my life when I can quit being so lazy. (and I have a place to store the thing). Thanks a ton for posting this and all the great tips. (I found this looking for PVC painting tips.
Awesome instructable! With all the detail provided, I was able to make my own fence (which turned out as good as I'd hoped it would). Your helpful tips were appreciated and definitely made things easier for me - thanks!!
I am quite impressed by the level of detail and information you provided. Thank you for taking the time to explain your successes (and possible failures). All the best in the contest!
Thanks, I tried to explain the project as best I could. I found that searching online, I only ever got pieces of information on how to create a fence. No one showed the steps or why you need to do something a certain way. Hopefully this will give people a better understanding on how to go from start to finish.
Nice work! That's dedication. Your use of multiple jigs really must have tremendously sped up the process (which was still quite long, I'm sure!).<br><br>Absolutely, you must add this to the Halloween contest. Once you've done so, I'll cast my vote.
Thanks for the compliment. It did take a while to make but not too long over all. If I had good weather, the whole thing could be done in about 2 weeks. You have to let paint dry and you just get too burnt out working hours on end. With a volunteer crew of 4 or 5, it would go fast.

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