How to build a wire fence

 


When fencing acreage and rural properties, factors such as design and style normally have to yield for price and functionality. The traditional wire fence is therefore a common sight along rural properties with a large boundary, as acreage owners need to keep horses, dogs, sheep and cows safe and secure within the property boundaries. This post will elaborate on how to best create a rural style fence with either a wire or mesh wire fence.

Draw a line

If you want the fence to look great, it is essential to set it up in straight lines. Set up a string between the corner points, or where you need a slight bend in the fence due to the shape of the boundary. A good tip is to set the corner posts in concrete first and tie a string tight between them to show you the line you need to place the remaining posts in.

Posts

Picket posts are a lot quicker and cheaper to install than timber posts. They do not look as nice though, and as some animals such as horses tend to scratch their rear ends on them, they can quickly be pushed over to be on an angle. If you do decide to use pickets, it is recommended to make every 5th or 6th post a timber post concreted in for added strength and stability.

Digging holes

Timber posts obviously need to be dug down and concreted into position. When digging a large amount of holes, you can either be faced with days of gaining blisters on your hands, or get a bobcat with a hydraulic auger to dig all the holes for you. Make certain you mark out the holes along the stringline to create a straight line. You will still need to dig out the loose dirt left over from the auger.

Treat the posts

As the ground can be quite harsh on the posts, with a variety of gnawing insects waiting to chew on the timber, it is recommended to treat the part of the posts going into the ground. By treating the posts with creosote, you will extend the life of your fence.

Concrete the posts

Before adding the concrete, place the posts into the holes and double check with the string line that the holes will allow them to be in line and level. You may need to use your shovel to widen the holes to allow for further movement. The quickest method of getting the posts concreted in is to get a small concrete truck out with a pump to add into the holes. Make certain that you use a level in conjunction with the stringline to ensure that the posts will be level and in line.

The Wire

The two most common types of wire are the galvanised wire and the PVC coated wire. The PVC coated wire will look better and last longer in the elements than the galvanised, however, it normally costs about twice as much. When attaching the wire, the best looking option is to drill holes through the posts to thread the wire through. Though the quickest method is to purchase some galvanised nail staples and attach them to the posts by hammering them in. Make certain that you are holding the wire tight when hammering the staples in. As wire sometimes can loosen over time through the pressure of an animal, it can be an advantage to connect the wire to a fence wire strainer. This can be tightened when needed, but can obviously not be used on the stapled wire.

 

Mesh

The plain wire fence will keep bigger animals in place, though if you need to keep smaller animals such as dogs, sheep and goats locked up, you can easily attach some mesh to the wire. As with wire, the mesh is available in both PVC and galvanised versions. The best way of attaching the mesh to the wire is to use galvanised rings or hog clips. You can buy a special hand tool for clamping the rings around the wire and mesh. When attaching PVC mesh, the best look is to purchase some plastic cable ties the same colour as your mesh. When using mesh, you will need minimum two strands of wire on your fence, one at the top, and one going along the bottom.

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