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Home Guide to Wire Fences

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Home Guide to Wire Fences

Fences are not only a way of ensuring privacy, but they can also afford you some security and act as a border, marking your property. There are different types of fences and the kind you install on your property will be determined by the purpose they are intended for. For instance, barbed wire is normally used when fencing in large animals while welded or woven wire is preferred for smaller animals. Construction costs for wired fences can start under a dollar and go up to $2.50 per foot.

    Certain types of fences may not be permitted in the area where you reside and you should check the existing regulations before you start putting up your fence.
  1. 1.Usually Not Required

    Fence laws are in place in most areas across the United States. This segment of the law will usually address issues such as boundaries and possession, rights of way, duty to fence, and adjoining landowners amongst others. Certain types of fences may not be permitted in the area where you reside and you should check the existing regulations before you start putting up your fence. Permits are usually not required when putting up fences. After all, it is your right to mark the separation between your property and your neighbors.

  2. 2.You Can Do It

    If you have a large area to be fenced in, then you might want to consider hiring a contractor to do the work for you. This is because the fencing will be an arduous task and doing it on your own can take a long time. Also, contractors can buy in bulk and this will translate into lower material costs for you. If the area you are fencing in is quite small, then you could do it on your own with some help from a friend or a family member.

  3. 3.Building a Wire Fence

    You will first have to measure and mark the spots where the corner posts for the fence will be put down. The posts have to be at right angles and you can ensure this by tying strings between the corner posts. Once this is done, you can mark the spots for the posts that will come in between. Remember to leave some space where you want the gate to be located. The next step would be to dig holes for the posts. The depth of the holes will depend on the length of the posts you have cut out. You can put some gravel into the holes before you set down the posts to prevent any rotting from occurring later on. Then keep the posts steady, fill in the concrete, and let the posts set for a few hours. The concrete will dry faster the warmer it is, in proportion to the temperature. If you let the concrete set overnight, it should be good to go the following morning or day.


    Once the concrete sets, it is time for you to put up the top and bottom rails on your fence. The bottom rails should be as close to the ground as possible and should be leveled before they are fixed. The top rails can then be installed in a similar manner.


    This is obvious but should be stated, do not expect too much privacy or any with this type of fence.

  5. 4.Putting in the Wire Mesh

    This is not a difficult thing to do once the posts are set in place. You can start from one of the corners and stretch the wire mesh across to the next post. The wire mesh should be stapled to the posts tightly. Yet another method of installing the wire mesh is by starting off from two corners simultaneously. Here you will have to use two rolls of mesh and bring them to the center. Once they are in the center, bring together the two ends and crimp the wires together. Then, just staple the mesh to the posts.

  6. 5.Building the Gate

    Once you have the exact dimensions of the gate, subtract one inch from this to allow for the gate to swing open and closed. The number you arrive at is also the width of the gate. The gate can be affixed to the posts with the help of brackets and hinges.


    In order to obtain the best results when installing a wire fence, it is important to ensure that the wire mesh has been stretched tightly enough and secured fast. When securing the wire to the posts, the staples should not be too tight since this can considerably lessen the lifetime of the wire used. You can use longer rolls of wiring to help save you time during the process.

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