Your wire fence can have a massive lifespan—if you maintain it properly. Essential fence repairs are often simple and won’t take too much of your time. However, neglecting basic maintenance has severe drawbacks. When one thing goes wrong, like missing staples or a broken post, it can lead to other costly issues that are no fun to fix. It’s for this reason that general maintenance should be high on a property owner’s list of priorities.
Typically, installing a light-duty fence is a simple matter of marking out your posts and running your wire between them. Unfortunately, the process of installing on an uneven or sloped surface is a bit more involved. Sloped fencing requires taking into account the land’s natural grade and trying to match the fence to its ebb and flow.
Anyone who works on a farm (or cattle ranch, or horse training facility, or anywhere else that holds livestock), knows that the work is never truly done. There’s always something that needs fixing, an animal that needs care – or, in the case of a horse barreling through your wire fencing, both at the same time!
Deciding to put up a new fence on your property not only means selecting a practical fence style, you’ll also need to determine what to use for the foundation. The two most popular post materials used to construct a wire fence are treated wood and steel t-posts. Many times, property owners choose to use a combination of these materials.
With hundreds of different options, selecting the right fence for your farm can be a challenge. An easy way to start a fence project is to understand fence basics by talking to a local Red Brand dealer. Speaking face to face with an experienced representative will ensure that your animals are contained with the best fence possible. They can even provide helpful tips if you are installing your own fence, or point you towards the closest Red Brand Certified Fence Installer. (Check out our previous blog, “A Red Brand Certified Fence Installer Assures Quality Installations” to learn more about our CFI program.)
Sturdy rolls of woven wire and thick timber posts are clear components to any quality fence project. But an often-overlooked element to a successful fence installation is the staple. Properly installing quality staples will increase your fence’s durability against pressure from the outside.
You may not have considered this: fences and houses have a lot in common. A house can be built from premium lumber, concrete, and other quality materials. However, if the construction is faulty, the entire structure can be compromised. Similarly, like a house built with sub-par construction, a poorly installed fence will not live up to its full potential.
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?
If you find yourself shopping for new fencing in the yard of your local Red Brand dealer, the rolls of fence before you can all look very similar. Except for the obvious height differences, the variety of red-topped wire may seem a bit overwhelming.
However, by referring to the style number found on each roll of fence, you should have all the info you need to help make your selection. These numbers are a quick and easy way to identify the unique features of that particular roll of fence. No need to count wires or bring your own measuring tape to the farm or hardware store – the style number will indicate nearly everything you need to know.
While most fence projects are built around containing animals for safety, keeping wild pests out is an equally important factor. Most wooden fence boards are horizontally spaced a foot apart, providing more than enough room for pesky groundhogs and possums to slip through.