What kind of fence do I need?
1. What are you fencing in?
Based on your application, Red Brand offers a variety of spacing, heights, and gauges. You also want to consider how much animal pressure will be present. The higher the number of animals, the more stress the fence will incur. In addition, fences near the barn and feeding areas will sustain more pressure than other regions.
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2. Are predators an issue?
In situations where predators are an issue the mesh needs to be fine enough to keep predators from squeezing through the wires. Barbed wire will keep animals in, but not out.
How much fence do I need?
How tight should I stretch the fence?
In most cases the limiting factor in stretching Red Brand woven wire products is the anchor post and brace assembly. Remember, these braces must be built very securely, as they are the “foundation” of your fence. Once these braces have been built correctly, the wire should be stretched to approximately 90 – 120 lbs of pull per horizontal wire. The wire should feel taut but not be “banjo string” tight, because the wire needs to be able to expand and contract with the changes in the temperature.
With Field Fence, tighten the fence wire until ½ of the tension crimp/curve is pulled out of the fence.
Do not stretch Welded Wire Fence.
I live on hilly terrain, what fence should I use?
Choose a fence with a Square Deal knot with the largest opening you can allow. A smaller, vertical wire spacing will be more challenging than a wider opening, due to a lower number of vertical wires. You will want to make sure to place a post at every peak and valley to improve stability over hilly terrain.
What posts should I use?
Brace Posts: Brace posts serve as the anchor for the entire fence construction. Wood posts are typically used for bracing. Determine the proper size post for the amount of fence you are installing. The larger the top diameter, the stronger the post. For example, a 4" post has twice the strength of a 3" post, while a 5" post has four times the strength of a 3" post. Be sure to use wood posts that have been treated with preservatives to help guard against decay. Brace posts should be set no less than 3.5 feet into the ground. Set the posts with cement for stability when possible. To get the desired post length, add together the depth of setting, the height of top wire above the ground and 6" extra to get the desired post length. For example, a corner brace post set 3.5' for a 4' fence would have to be 8' long.
Line Posts: Line posts support the material intermittently along the length of each side of the fence and can be either steel t-posts or wooden posts. When selecting posts, be sure that the posts are at least 3" taller than the fence they are supporting. Line posts need to be set 2'-2.5' deep.
T-posts should never be used as brace posts, only line posts. A 1.33 description is a post weighing 1.33 lbs/ft, while a 1.25 post is a post weighing 1.25 lbs/ft. Wooden line posts are typically 5"-6" wide treated posts and are set 2'-2.5' in the ground. When using t-posts, we recommend a 5:1 ratio of wooden to metal t-posts.
How far apart should my post spacing be?
Most commonly, fence posts can be placed 8-12 feet apart.
How deep should I set my posts?
Brace posts should be set no less than 3.5 feet into the ground. Set the posts with cement for stability when possible. To get the desired post length, add together the depth of setting, the height of top wire above the ground and 6" extra to get the desired post length. For example, a corner brace post set 3.5' for a 4' fence would have to be 8' long. When selecting posts, be sure that the posts are at least 3" taller than the fence they are supporting. Line posts need to be set 2'-2.5' deep.
What side of the posts do I put the fence?
In most instances you will place your fence on the animal side of the post. This will prevent the staples from being pulled out as the animal puts pressure on the fence. The exception will be on property lines. Check local regulations to ensure compliance when placing fencing on a property line.