Selecting the right material and post spacing for your fence is almost as important as choosing the proper fence style. Check out our blog “The Right Post: The Foundation for a Solid, Long-Lasting Fence” to learn more about post possibilities. Remember, the proper combination of brace and line posts is an essential component for a fence’s durability and longevity. Once you have the right posts, it’s time to space them properly. So, how far apart should line posts be set?
The Quick Answer
Most fence posts can be spaced 8 to 12 feet apart. While this is a general criteria, it doesn’t cover all scenarios. For instance, high tensile fence can have larger spacing, requiring line posts every 15 to 20 feet for field fence styles, and as much as 20-30 feet for high tensile barbed and smooth wire. Check out this simple table to find your fence’s recommended spacing.
An In-Depth Look at Post Spacing
Let’s take a square 40-acre pasture. This pasture calls for exactly one mile of fence. Using the above rule of thumb, posts can be spaced anywhere from 8 to 12 feet apart. Generally, a successful structure will have five steel t-posts to one wooden post.
Spacing the posts 8 feet apart will require 660 posts. On the other hand, a 12-foot spacing requires 440 posts. A total difference of 220 posts is significant when looking at cost of materials and labor.
The primary benefit of tighter spacing is added security. By increasing the number of line posts, you are increasing the amount of support your fence has. This also decreases future maintenance, as there are more points of contact for the fence to brace itself against impact. In the short term, a larger spacing decreases labor and material costs. For temporary fencing, increased spacing may be the best solution.
Consider this: a 20-year-old mare and her pasture pals probably won’t need the same tight spacing as a lone stallion. And, a substantial herd of cattle will put more pressure on a field fence than a few lingering, docile calves. Therefore, talk to your Red Brand dealer to make sure your posts are spaced properly for the animals you are containing.
While there is no such thing as over protection, a Red Brand dealer is the most qualified person to assess your animals’ needs, and what spacing is best for your farm. Find a dealer near you at our website.
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