Proper fencing is essential on the farm; keeping livestock in, pests out. With so many options to choose from, it can be tough to find the right fencing for your project. The information below will help you choose the right fencing for you and give you some tips and tricks for installation.
If you’ve never installed a fence before, basic knowledge can go a long way. Below, we will cover fencing material, styles, and sizing information.
- Woven Wire Fence
- Electric Fence
- Barbed Wire
- Rail Fence
- Mesh Wire Fence
- High-tensile Fence
- Cable Fence
Reading a Fence Style Number
A Fence Style Number is used to give you quick details about the roll. For our example, I’ll use a common fence style number: #1047-6-9
- The first two numbers (10) are the number of horizontal wires on the fence, also known as lines.
- The second pair of numbers in the first set (47) will always be the height of the fence. This is represented in inches, so our example is 47 inches tall.
- The number after the first hyphen (6) will be the amount of space (in inches) in between each vertical wire.
- The last number (9) is the gauge of the wire. The larger the number, the thinner the wire.
How Much Fencing Do You Need?
Follow Red Brand’s Diagram to help calculate how much fencing you’ll need for your farm.
Your fence will only be as strong as the knots connecting everything together. We’ll go over the three most common knots, today. If you have a personal favorite, let me know what it is and why!
Also known as the Square Knot, this knot will prevent your fence from sagging or buckling. It’s great for taller fences, as it adds vertical strength. It’s stable and rigid, yet still flexible, making it perfect for hilly terrain.
If you live in an area with grizzly weather conditions, the Fixed Knot or Cross Lock Knot will be your best friend. It’s designed to provide remarkable resistance to movement from animals and severe weather.
Living up to its other name, the Hinge Joint, this knot is most-commonly used as a hinge. It can give under pressure but springs back to its normal position.
Making Fencing Easy
Now, I can’t say that putting up a fence is the easiest job, but I do know some folks that make it a bit easier. Red Brand has a Fencing Guide that is great for looking up quick facts.
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