- Mar 7, 2016
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- Fencemans place...central Texas
simme said:RobD said:When pulling tension on the wires, I assume this is done from one stiffener post to the next, and then you attached the wire to T-posts in between?
And thank you all for the replys.
The stiffener posts every 100 feet are single posts with no bracing. Their purpose is to support the fence vertically and hopefully prevent it from being pushed over perpendicular to the direction of the fence. You do not stretch to these posts. You install brace posts at the beginning and the end of a run, where there is a major change in direction (like 90 degrees) or every 1000 feet or so on a very long straight run. These consist of two posts set deep in the ground 8-10 feet apart with a horizontal post between them with a diagonal wire/cable pulling them toward the end of the run. If you are using pipe, they will be welded together as one unit and the horizontal member may be diagonal. This setup braces the end post to make it much stronger so that you can stretch the wire very tight. All the tightness is supported by these braces on the ends. The t-posts and stiffener post just hold the fence up and keep in in line. Install the brace posts, stretch a wire near the ground from the brace posts at one end of the run to the brace posts at the other end of the run. This establishes the straight line. Install the stiffener posts every 100 feet. Install/stretch the wire between the braces and secure on each end. Then, install the t-posts and secure the wire to the stiffener posts and t-posts.
Here is a set of videos that show the basics for fixed knot wire. Sure you can find others that fit your installation.
The keys to a good fence:
Strong/big posts on the ends set deep.
Pull the wire tight and then some more.
Tie/secure the wire at the ends so that is stays tight.
Remember the weakest item determines the strength of the fence. You have to do all three of these.
Mr. Fence's motto - "If it ain't tight, it ain't right". It will never be tighter than the day you install it.
If you install a fence along a road in a curve, be prepared to repair it. You can keep the animals in, but hard to keep the cars out.
I have built a few fences. My son builds fences full time. It looks easy in the video. Most fencing videos are done in ideal conditions. It can be hard work. Hope you don't have a lot of rock.
Very good post.
And you don't have to call me mr. Mister , the whole world calls me fence..........