How To Erect A Wire Fence
Robert Frost was right when he said that good fences make good neighbors, however, more than anything else, their purpose is to keep in what you want kept in and to keep out what you want to keep out. Therefore it stands to reason that from time to time you will need to put up a fence.
Your fence can be temporary or permanent, a perimeter fence to demarcate an area, an agricultural fence to keep livestock in and predators out, a pet fence or a boundary fence.A Qualified Locksmith in Staten Island can help you install it. Fencing has many aspects and for the purposes of this article we will cover the general technique of fencing.
Basic Fencing Technique
The strength of a fence and its longevity depends on the amount of tension that it is under; too little and the fence will sag and too much and the wire might snap or pull your fence posts over.
Determine the line of your fence and decide on the specifications. When you have a good idea of what you want, sketch out your plan. Plan to avoid major obstacles and determine where your corner posts will be. If you don’t have any corners allow for a big post every 50m.
Calculate exactly what you need and how much it will cost. Make sure that this includes all your fence posts, thicker ones for corners, and enough wire to cover the entire job and a little extra in case of mishaps.
You will need a post hole digger, safety boots, goggles and gloves. A Channel Locks Fence Tool is also essential in making your job much easier. Apart from the fact that it is an All-American invention made in Meadville Pennsylvania, it is made from fine polished high carbon drop-forged steel, and is a 6-in-1 tool that includes staple starters, hammer, 2 staple pullers, a wire stretcher, wire splicer and 2 wire cutters. Don’t tackle a fence building project without one.
4. Mark Out Your Fence
Mark out the spots for your posts and ensure that you have all the materials that you will need. Before the materials arrive, make sure that the path of the fence is cleared of debris.
5. Dig Post Holes
Your first post, the corner posts at every change of direction and the last posts should be larger, heavier and better secured than the rest of your posts.
Next, use your post hole digger to dig the post holes in the allocated spots. The holes should be about 3 to 4 feet deep. When your holes are ready, drop a fence post in each one, filling it will soil and stamping the soil tight. Water it to let the soil settle, and leave it over night to compact.
Alternatively, to make the posts even sturdier, fill the holes with ready-mix cement and allow time for it to set.
6. Attach The Wire
Attach the wire to the first fence post, and run the wire all around the fence posts to the last one. Tie the ends to the last post by wrapping it around the post and using your Channel Locks Fence Tool to bend the wire together.
Do this with all the strands of wire that you want around the fence.
Using the same tool, go to the middle of the fence and begin to tighten the fence until the factory-made kinks are straightened out of the wire. Do this for all the wires you have on the fence. Be careful not to have too much tension in the wire, as the wire might snap. This is both dangerous for you and time consuming.
Use staples to secure the wire to the posts. Don’t drive them in all the way, as their purpose is simply to support the fence and allow for contraction when the temperature changes.
Sit Back And Admire Your Handiwork
Erecting a fence is no mean feat; it takes effort, patience and perseverance. However, with the right equipment (like a Channel Locks Fence Tool) and good planning and preparation, this should be an easy task for the dedicated handyman.
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a brand new fence.