Build fences, gates, and rails with pressure treated tanalised CCA Poles and timber

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What is a gate?

The google definition is: A hinged barrier used to close an opening in a wall, fence, or hedge.

Living in the countryside in sunny South Africa every farm should have an entrance gate made of CCA pressure-treated poles!  It serves as a great way to keep livestock in as well as adding to the romantic feel of your homestead.

Modern designs on motor entrances at homes have changed over the past decade.  More people want sophisticated designs where a combination of iron and timber is used.  When designing a gate it is important to remember that wood/timber and poles deteriorate with exposure to sun and rain over time.  Therefore it is important to use CCA pressure-treated timber.  It can be stained or vanished with finishing products available on the market.

Find out why CCA-treated Timer is perfect for your building projects, or inquiry at our office if you need any assistance with information regarding timber stains and varnishes to prolong the life of your timber gate. 

Pole gates are beautiful and functional. You want a pole gate to match your pole fence whether it be 2, 3, or 4- Rail pole fencing.  You can easily build one with CCA pressure-treated poles just remember to use heavy-duty hinges to carry the weight of our gate.

You should consider CCA pressure-treated pole gates for garden enclosures, chicken coops and dog runs. Treated poles are readily available at Sabie poles for any gate or pole fencing projects.

Tips to remember when building a CCA pressure-treated Pole gate:

 Strength is important because a gate moves.

  1. Sink CCA pressure treated Pole posts into concrete
  2. Use heavy-duty fasteners
  3. Make good, strong joints
  4. Use heavy-duty hinges
  5. Finishes (Apply the correct timberlife finish)
  6. Whitewash and transparent stain can be touched up.
  1. Bronze hardware for outdoor use is now available. Brass hardware, available at marine suppliers, won’t rust, and you can paint it if you prefer.  Steel corrodes  and needs constant repainting.
  2. On some farms, hinges are sometimes created from a piece of redundant motor vehicle tyre
  3. When constructing your CCA pressure treated pole gate ensure that the span is not too long – it might sag over time – rather make 2 shorter gates.

Out-of-the-ordinary posts and bearers can be sourced to add aesthetic value to the entrance to your home or farmstead (property)!

Fences and enclosures build with CCA pressure-treated timber

What is a fence?

a barrier, railing, or other upright structure, typically of wood or wire, enclosing an area of ground to prevent or control access or escape.

How many rails must a fence consist of?

That depends on your preference. you get many types of timber fences. Some have two rails while others have three rails and then you get four rail fences as well. The important thing to keep in mind is what will it be used for? for aesthetics or functionality. Will it be built only for the looks, or will you construct a fence for the purpose of keeping livestock in or out of certain areas or will it satisfy both functions. (look good while keeping livestock out of certain areas)

Now that you chose what the purpose is you need to use Lag-on CCA pressure-treated pole fencing, it allows for a repair-friendly “fencing experience”. You’ll be able to easily replace the pole rails making it a viable DIY solution to erecting timber fencing. The added advantage is that the look of lag-on fencing is beautiful while there are many pole post and rail sizes available for lag-on fencing.

Garden edging

Edging creates clean, crisp lines between beds and other areas. It is most visible between a lawn and the adjoining garden, but landscape edging can define a flower border, a shrub bed, a single tree, or the transition from a patio to the surrounding garden.

Garden edging is built out of pressure-treated laths and/or droppers making it very durable to elements and insects alike. Edging is a popular trend in gardens around South Africa.  CCA pressure-treated laths and droppers can be used for creating your own timber edging if you choose to be more adventurous.  The garden timber edging can be bought in rolls of 1,0m or 2m and comes in various heights, but most people prefer to create their own version with custom lengths.

Picket fencing

Farmsteads gardens use CCA pressure-treated picket fencing for enclosing flowerbeds or as part of the porch of the building. We do not build picket fencing at Sabie Poles but can supply the CCA pressure-treated timber for the application.  One of our friendly staff will be able to assist with your inquiry.

Timber Handrails in and around buildings

Definition of a rail: a narrow rail for grasping with the hand as a support

The smart homeowner chooses wood railings for a rustic look for aesthetic value while also keeping safety in mind.

At Sabie Poles, you could purchase CCA pressure-treated poles for the outside rails and untreated poles for inside use. 

Inside use of rails

What side should the stair handrail be on?

Both sides are better and safer too for installing stair railings. There are no standard rules. But mostly It is suggested on the right-hand side as you go down the stairs. Very few stairwells are fully walled on both sides. 

What is a handrail on a deck?

Handrails are installed on stairs to assist in ascending and descending by providing something to grasp for balance. Building and handrail codes require any flight of stairs with four or more rises to be built with a handrail on at least one side.

Before erecting a handrail you will need some decking boards. Please read our blog about decking


What is a bridge?

a structure carrying a road, path, railway, etc. across a river, road, or other obstacles

bridge is a structure built to span a physical obstacle (such as a body of water, valley, road, or rail) without blocking the way underneath. It is constructed for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, which is usually something that is otherwise difficult or impossible to cross. There are many different designs of bridges, each serving a particular purpose and applicable to different situations. Designs of bridges vary depending on factors such as: the function of the bridge, the nature of the terrain where the bridge is constructed and anchored, and the material used to make it, and the funds available to build it.

(Among the oldest timber bridges is the Holzbrücke Rapperswil-Hurden crossing upper Lake Zürich in Switzerland; the prehistoric timber piles discovered to the west of the Seedamm date back to 1523 BC. The first wooden footbridge led across Lake Zürich, followed by several reconstructions at least until the late 2nd century AD when the Roman Empire built a 6-meter-wide (20 ft) wooden bridge. Between 1358 and 1360, Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria, built a ‘new’ wooden bridge across the lake that has been used since 1878 – measuring approximately 1,450 meters (4,760 ft) in length and 4 meters (13 ft) wide. On April 6, 2001, the reconstructed wooden footbridge was opened, being the longest wooden bridge in Switzerland.

The Ashanti built bridges over streams and rivers They were constructed by pounding four large forked tree trucks into the stream bed, placing beams along these forked pillars, then positioning cross-beams that were finally covered with four to six inches of dirt.

You might not want to build bridges to carry a lot of vehicles but the concept of building bridges stays the same irrelevant of the size.

Bridges may be classified by how the actions tensioncompressionbendingtorsion and shear are distributed through their structure. Bridges can be found in a variety of shapes, but 3 basic designs rule the day; beam, arch, and suspension

When building a bridge in your backyard

Step 1: Determining the Structural Makeup

It is important to remember The span of the bridge needed will determine the thickness and lengths of your CCA pressure-treated poles. If you do not want any supports in the middle ensure to calculated loads for beams and joists.

It is important to give your bridge a structure that is well anchored and can carry the load you want to send over it.

Step 2: Placing Headers

Some design provides for a header to be placed directly on the ground at each end of the bridge. Then the ends of the stringers (joists) sit directly on the headers and extend across to the opposite header. The decking planks are attached to the top of the joists.

Step 3: Decking and End Caps

CCA pressure-treated decking can be used and since the stringers are each a different diameter, the notch cradling each stringer needed to be slightly different depth.  This compensated for the varying thickness of the stringers and made the *tops* of the stringers level to support the deck planks.

 first attached two deck boards as backing planks (end caps) on each end of the bridge stringers. These backing timber boards are part of the structure and prevent dirt and gravel leading up to the bridge from pushing under the bridge and directly contacting the stringers. They extend the full width of the bridge and would do well to extend even wider.

Step 4: Attaching the Joists

Attaching the joists can be done with rods.  As CCA pressure-treated decking and poles are easy to work with it shouldn’t be difficult.

Step 5: Building Up the Trail Approaches

Traffic and usage will wear out dirt ramps too quickly, so built up the sides of the approach with larger pieces shorter CCA pressure-treated poles.   You can also use spare pieces of Cca pressure-treated poles as fill for the ramp.

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