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Old Apr 11th 2009, 08:17 PM   #1
  Apr 2009
  Noblesville, IN
Getting ready to install fence. Any advice as to doing this?? New to business. I do have a tractor - looking for some easy steps to get started.

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Old Apr 11th 2009, 08:32 PM   #2
  Apr 2009
  Tobin Lake, Saskatchewan
Where do you live? check local state reg for fencing, what type of ground? type of posts are you using (I prefer steel) ,rent or buying a post pounder? wire????? (6-20 or 3-20) wire strecher ? how big is your tractor? pounders need at least 80 hp.
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Old Apr 11th 2009, 08:54 PM   #3
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
Tall tines I would highly recommend a post pounder if you can get your hands on one....maybe you can rent one. This will not only save time but it will install your posts tighter as well. Your wire should go on the inside of your posts when able too and around the outside of your corner posts........when having two pens together the wire will have to be on the outside of one of the pens there is nothing you can do about this. Set the pens up right with planning on where your handling facility will be in the want to be sure all your alleyways will lead up to your facility. Try not to put your pens where water will lay.......mud and deer are not good.......just some things to think about.
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Old Apr 11th 2009, 09:09 PM   #4
  Apr 2009
  Zanesville, Ohio
Steel pipe seems to have a lot of satisfied customers if you can locate any. If any of your fence will be near trees make sure to leave about ten feet between inside of posts and nearest tree inside of pen. Visit as many other facilities as possible. Insight or foresight could save thousands down the road.
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Old Apr 12th 2009, 04:24 AM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  Marquez, TX

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Originally Posted by TallTines
Getting ready to install fence. Any advice as to doing this?? New to business. I do have a tractor - looking for some easy steps to get started.


You're going to need metal pipe, rolls of wire, and about 5 Mexicans
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Old Apr 12th 2009, 04:28 AM   #6
  Mar 2009
  Blairstown, LA
The right of way for your fence needs to be as smooth as possible with the center in line with the fence line. This will allow you access inside and out for maintenance. One mistake many people make is to place the fence under the branch line of trees. A fallen branch can do as much damage as a fallen tree. Don't forget to consider drainage. Hydraulic forces are very strong and if the fence is placed in an area that sees high volumes of water during storms, then you are likely to have a maintenance headache. Don't "cheap-out" on materials or construction. In the long run they will prove to be a good investment. Corners should be double "H" braced with diagonal reinforcement, and welded, not clamped connections. A good idea is to place a strand of #9 wire 6-8" above the top of the fence. This will deflect small branches and prevent damage to the fence. ELECTRIC wire or a fence apron is a must to keep out the dogs and preditors. Use a top quality fence, i recommend Stay-Tuff, but Beackhart is another brand that is satisfactory. If you plan to put the fence up yourself, be prepared to work at it. Fencing is a tough job, so you may want to consider getting a pro to do it for you, Right now, the cost of 8' fencing installed runs about $23,000 per mile. Good Luck
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Old Apr 12th 2009, 11:26 AM   #7
  Apr 2009
  Noblesville, IN
Thank you for the input - we are using telephone poles for our posts (which are already done) & we are going to install the fence our self. Any inside pointers on best way to put the fence up would be greatly appreciated.


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Old Apr 12th 2009, 01:29 PM   #8
  Apr 2009
  Central Illinois
We put our fence up using telephone poles. We stuck ours in about 20' apart in the line and added a pole at 10' in the corner. We then took a piece of well pipe and braced it using high tensil wire on a diagonal to tighten it. I would use at least 2" barbed staples to fasten the wire on the poles. Go ahead and drive the staples in all the way on your corners but in the line poles just drive them shy of the wire in case deer hit them the wire will slide alittle and that flex in the wire may save you a busted neck.(maybe) We tried to keep our fence on the insde of the poles and next to the deer as they tend to travel right up against the fence. Keeps them from banging a pole. I would keep my gates in the corners as it is really tough to get a deer to go through a gate in the middle of a run when your pushing them. Check your fence for dips in it because when you strech over s slight depression in the ground it may leave the fence up a few inches then when the new fawns are out their they will try to crawl under it and you may end up with chasing a week old fawm all over the 40 acres trying to catch them. Same thing with high spots make sure your fence isn't curling up on a high spot as a deer traveling along that edge in a hurry will possibly catch a foot in the fence a tear some hide. Take a spade and dig out a couple inches of dirt under the fence and let it fall in your little trench and sraighten out. Then just fill in the dirt around the fence and your good to go.Just a few ideas that might help. I know there are guys on here that know alot more than I do about deer but these are a few things I encountered. Rick
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Old Apr 14th 2009, 06:47 AM   #9
  Apr 2009
  Clarksville , Iowa
If you use wire to tighten the corners , be sure to tie this brace wire tightly to the fence , when you are done tentioning so that bucks can't get antlers under and tangled into this brace. Also , deer pannicing in a corner can get their necks between the fence and brace wire. I also make sure all wire twists are pointed in an outside or neutral position so deer running into the fence or along it aren't damaged by points , could take out an eye or make a bad cut . ...just some insurrance . Jim
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Old Apr 14th 2009, 12:44 PM   #10
  Apr 2009
  Noblesville, IN
Thank you all for the information - this has been very helpful
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