Anyone who owns horses will know that proper fencing is an investment that is necessary to keep horses safe. Considering the work that is involved in caring for horses the less maintenance you have to do on other tasks the better. This is why a wire mesh fencing installation needs to be perfect since if you get it right the first time round, you won’t have to spend time in fixing flaws that can arise as a result of poor installation. Here are some guidelines to ensure you get your fencing job right.
- The most important task for any wire mesh fencing installation is placing the corner braces. Begin by placing your corner braces. The corner braces need to be sunk in concrete to a depth of 60.96 centimetres (24 inches) minimum. The H brace is commonly used and appropriate provided it is sunk to the right depth and made from material that has the strength to endure the pull of the fence over time.
- The next task is to run a guide wire along the ground between each corner post. By tightening the guide wire to create tension you will ensure that your fence is straight and in line with your posts.
- The posts you use can be made from wood or metal depending on your budget and they need to be positioned 244 to 305 centimetres (8 to 10 feet) apart, from corner to corner. If you decide on wooden posts, make sure they are set in concrete and a minimum of 46 centimetres (18 inches) deep. You will also need to leave the cement to cure for 3 days after you have put the posts in before you will be able to attach the mesh fencing.
- You’ll need fence nails or clips and a fence stretching tool to attach the mesh fencing to your posts. Creating tension with the stretching tool attach the fencing to the posts with the nails or clips. The more nails or clips you use the better to prevent any slack in the wire. The more time you take with the initial installation, the less maintenance you will have in the future.
- The best way to prevent horses from damaging the fence is to run a single electric wire along the top of the fence. This too will save you time on maintenance.
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