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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by fence_it » Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:31 pm

Pipe or wood line posts are really only required at a change in direction or elevation. T-posts would be sufficient for everything else. I've built a 1/4 mile of fence with nothing but t-posts in line. 2' deep is sufficient for line posts, but I prefer 3'. Ground is soft here.


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Post by libertygarden » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:17 pm

Thank you fence_it. It saves me a lot of work and money. I'm also in soft clay soil during the rainy season.
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Post by fence_it » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:10 pm

Some alternatives to crimp sleeves I have been experimenting with. Knot on top is a figure 8, speed knot on the bottom. Not as strong as crimp sleeves, I believe they are around 70-80% strength from what I've researched. But definitely cheaper than crimps and gripples. Pretty easy to learn, If I can do it anyone can.

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Re: fence tips and tricks

Post by greybeard » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:55 am

libertygarden wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:15 am
In a barbed wire fence stretch of 225 yards with double H assemblies on both ends and using 1.33 T-Posts pounded 2' deep and spaced 10' apart, is a strong post needed every 5th T-Post? If so, will a 2 7/8" pipe pounded 2' deep suffice? The H assemblies are 6" treated pine posts, 4' deep, 8' apart, with 60 pounds of concrete per post and the rest back filled with road base.


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It all depends on what you have going on with your fence and what kind of stock you have (and any neighbor might have)

If I had not put a big post in about every 150' and had used anything except HT, I wouldn't have a fence left standing. Can't tell it in this picture, but the wire IS still attached to the big post, which prevented the tee posts from just laying on over.
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Post by fence_it » Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:57 pm

greybeard wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:55 am
libertygarden wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:15 am
In a barbed wire fence stretch of 225 yards with double H assemblies on both ends and using 1.33 T-Posts pounded 2' deep and spaced 10' apart, is a strong post needed every 5th T-Post? If so, will a 2 7/8" pipe pounded 2' deep suffice? The H assemblies are 6" treated pine posts, 4' deep, 8' apart, with 60 pounds of concrete per post and the rest back filled with road base.


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It all depends on what you have going on with your fence and what kind of stock you have (and any neighbor might have)

If I had not put a big post in about every 150' and had used anything except HT, I wouldn't have a fence left standing. Can't tell it in this picture, but the wire IS still attached to the big post, which prevented the tee posts from just laying on over.
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Looking the opposite direction:
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(last 3-4 years,this has been at least an annual event for me)
Very good point, something I forgot to mention. If the fence has pressure, it needs a "strong" (pipe or wood) line post every so often.
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Post by bbirder » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:15 pm

be nice GB,
Looks like you are in the fence cleaning business..
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Post by libertygarden » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:54 am

This is a highway frontage fence, straight and with a 30' change in altitude over 700 yards. I'll probably go back and replace every fifth T-post with a 2, 7/8s pipe, when I find a CAT with a post driver.

The pics above, however, I'll keep in mind because one side of the perimeter runs along a creek that sometimes over flows.
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Post by greybeard » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:35 am

libertygarden wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:54 am
This is a highway frontage fence, straight and with a 30' change in altitude over 700 yards. I'll probably go back and replace every fifth T-post with a 2, 7/8s pipe, when I find a CAT with a post driver.

The pics above, however, I'll keep in mind because one side of the perimeter runs along a creek that sometimes over flows.
I've very rarely had any problem with a fence that runs parallel to water flow, even if that flow is 4' over the top of the fence.
All my problem areas are fences that are at right angles to water flow..those running perpendicular to flow.
The fence I posted above is labeled 'B' in this picture. Had 'some' trouble with 'A' and 'C' too but hardly ever problems with fences D & E even tho those 2 are closer to the river and actually see higher water.

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Post by libertygarden » Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:19 pm

What I've seen over the last 3 years is T posts that once stood 54" above the ground reduced to 44" posts and the first wire covered by silt.

That's a nice piece of land you have there.
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Post by greybeard » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:18 pm

libertygarden wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:19 pm
What I've seen over the last 3 years is T posts that once stood 54" above the ground reduced to 44" posts and the first wire covered by silt.

That's a nice piece of land you have there.
Thanks, but it stays too wet way and too often.
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I have some corner posts along that river that were part of the original fence my brother and I built in the mid 60s, that only a few inches of post stick up above the sand. I moved the whole north-south fence back off the river bank about 20 yards back in the mid 90s.
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Post by libertygarden » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:51 pm

Got another H brace done.
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Post by libertygarden » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:53 pm

Had to remove a fallen hackberry from the fence line. It wasn't there last week.

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Post by libertygarden » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:57 pm

Using the golden rod to remove the slack from HT brace wire before putting a strainer.

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Post by libertygarden » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:02 pm

The Google car caught me working on my fence:

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Post by libertygarden » Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:54 pm

Finished another chunk of fence: 80 yards between braces.

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