illustration of standard fence parts
Illustration: Rodica Prata
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Anatomy of a Picket Fence

Four basic components create this wood barrier.

1. Cap: Protects post's vulnerable end grain from the weather.
2. Rail: Connects the posts and supports the pickets.
3. Post: Supports all components; for stability, bury at least one-third of it in the ground.
4. Picket: Mounts vertically on rails; often has a pointed tip.
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