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Old Mar 4th 2016, 06:59 PM   #1
  Jun 2015
  Guston my
I'm building a new pen. What height do you put your cross brace?? I have my post 10ft apart.
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Old Mar 5th 2016, 07:19 PM   #2
  Jul 2015
  Plymouth, IN
I put mine about 6' 6". Basically, as high as I could comfortably work from the ground without a ladder.
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Old Mar 5th 2016, 07:55 PM   #3
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  Sep 2009
  Utica, PA Venango Co.
1 put mine a foot or so below the height of the fence. The upper end of the diagonal brace should be at approx. the same height.
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Old Mar 24th 2016, 01:45 PM   #4
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  Jun 2015
  Williamsport, PA

H-brace construction is ideal with a 14 ft space where the h-brace goes thus putting your wire at about a 20-25% angle. This makes for strong corners and very little problems down the road. On 8ft wire 72 inches is ideal for brace height.
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Old Mar 25th 2016, 03:10 PM   #5
  Jan 2011
  Houston, Texas

Josh is spot on with proper fencing.* One thing I would say is the first advice I ever got in deer farming was to wrap the brace wires so that bucks could not get tangled in those wires.


Driving posts with a post driver will make a significant difference and allow you to shorten the spacing up without sacrificing integrity. Driving steel post is even better because you can just go till you get solid ground... I've got a few 24 ft posts driven 16 ft into the ground with an excavator, and several 10' T posts driven 7ft into the ground to anchor low spots on my perimeter fence.

My braces are now all 5" steel posts with 2 horizontals at 6 and 7 ft.* Ideally with 2 one would have been lower but I wanted them high so that it was one less thing to potentially hang an antler.* Then I have a third post with a welded angle brace from 6 ft to the ground.*

On my dividing pens I have put 3 horizontals, bottom, @ 4 ft and @ 7 ft because i framed 4 ft guillotine gates in them.* Since my pens are on hills all my future corners will have a brace along the bottom as well to hang belting from if the wash out.
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