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Farm Fences

Fence building is not as much art as it is sweat and hard work. A strong fence can be built relatively inexpensively with a minimal investment in materials and tools. While there are many methods that will result in a strong and effective fence, here we will cover the techniques that we have found to work well.



Fence Types

Farm Fencing controls the entire operation of one’s livestock undertaking. It is important to understand the uses of different types of fencing and the overall role that fences play on one’s farm. A well designed fence layout will facilitate an efficient farm operation, and will prevent many major headaches down the road.
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Fence Design

Fence Design begins with a plan. A well constructed fence will last many years and should be considered a permanent structure. It is important to plan things out before digging the first post hole. This will insure that the finished structure is both functional and pleasing to the eye.

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Fence Building Tools

Fencing tools need not be expensive or state of the art. We have installed many fences with nothing but hand tools. A tractor mounted auger or post pounder can make the job much easier, but much of the work will need to be done by hand in the end. It is important to buy good quality tools and properly maintain them. Cheap tools will only make for more work. We have found NorthernTool.com to a a good source of tools.

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Fence Supplies

Fencing Materials will determine the longevity of your fences. It is prudent to invest n high quality materials. The materials will be determined by locale, and the use the fence will be put to. We will be building a fence meant to both contain animals and deter predators, so we will not spend much time on alternative fence designs

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Fence Building

Fence Building requires well braced corner posts. Remember, there may be a ton or more of tension on the corner posts. They must be installed in such a way that they will resist this constant tension. Strength is dependent on design and installation.

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Fence Posts

Fence posts support the fence wire and give strength to the entire structure. The function of line posts is mainly to guide the horizontal wires and support their height from the ground

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Installing Fence Posts

Installing fence posts is not a difficult task, but there are some basic things to keep in mind. This is true whether one is installing a mile of farm fencing, or a couple of hundred of feet of fence for a backyard. One of the most common mistakes occurs when ground expansion caused by frost and/or moisture is not taken into account.

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Fence Wire

Fence wire is one of the last steps in building a fence. It must be stretched tight and fastened securely to the posts. This is fairly easy once one knows the secret. Here we will be installing and stretching a woven wire fence meant to contain livestock and exclude predators.

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Fence Gates

Fence Gates provide the finishing touch to a fence. A good gate must be durable. It will provide pasture access and mobility for many years. There are a number of factors that should be taken into account when selecting and installing fence gate.

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Hanging Fence Gates

Hanging fence gates requires a bit of planning. Whether a gate for a livestock fence, or a simple garden gate, the same basic principals apply. If not properly installed, a gate can cause the entire section of fence to begin to deteriorate. When you hang a gate, understanding the forces at play can help and develop an appropriate solution to the problem.

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Fence Calculator

Use this calculator to estimate materials and cost for your fencing.

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