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  1. #1
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    Default jump rails

    If I were to go to the lumber yard ask them to make some 8' rails for me, how do I describe the cutting? Octagonal? We only have PVC at our barn and I'd like to get some "real" rails.

    What are the dimensions?



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    Take a 4"x4"x8' (or longer) and have them "knock the corners off." They'll give you a funny look, but if you explain that they are for jumping horses (and the person is male), their eyes will glaze over. Men! :roll:

    You "could" leave them square. We've had square rails before.
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  3. #3
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    Thanks, Holly.



  4. #4
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    What the real rails are called is "machined round", which means they are put into a machine that spins them and shaves around until it is exactly round and uniform in diameter. The average diameter is 3-1/2" to 3-3/4". Hope this helps.



  5. #5
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    Do you have a Lowe's store near you? In their garden department they have really nice 8' round rails that are PERFECT for jump rails at a fraction of the cost. The last time I bought them, they were about $6 - $7 each. Not all Lowe's stores have them though. Of the three that I have checked in a 30 mile radius to me, only one of them has it.



  6. #6
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    Yes about lowes. Often times it is when they have fencing in, usually in spring/summer.



  7. #7
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    Great info.. Will check with the Lowes near us and ask for "machine round" if I fail at Lowes.

    Thanks everyone!



  8. #8
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    I got the 3.5" round fence posts that are 8' long from Tractor Supply for less than $6 per post. They are working well.



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