How to put up a wire fence

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How to put up a wire fence
Tension the fence wire correctly to prevent sagging. (Caracarafoto/iStock/Getty Images)

Wire fences have been used for centuries to keep livestock in place, but they can be used for many purposes. Essentially wire fencing is a grid of heavy-gauge wire, approximately 1.2 metres (4 feet) tall and as long as needed to enclose a specific area or cover a boundary. Putting a wire fence is straightforward, although you must ensure the wire is properly tensioned to avoid sagging.

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Things you need

  • Spray paint
  • Fence posts
  • Wire fencing
  • Wire gripper
  • Cable hoist
  • Post hole diggers
  • Pliers
  • Protective sleeves

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  1. 1

    Map out your fence. Walk the perimeter of where you want the fence to be and mark the ground with spray paint at each location you want to place a post -- normally at around 3 metre (10 feet) intervals.

  2. 2

    Use the post hole digger to dig holes 90 cm (3 feet) deep and 60 cm (2 feet) wide at each of the locations you marked. Drop a wooden fence post into each hole and then fill around it with extra soil. Allow the posts to settle overnight.

  3. 3

    Stretch the wire fencing in one long strip all the way around the fence posts. Tie the ends of the fence off to each respective side of the fence by wrapping the wire around the end fence posts and using the pliers to bend the wire together.

  4. 4

    Go to the middle of the fence and start on the top wire. Attach the wire gripper and then attach the cable hoist to the gripper. Begin tightening the hoist to stretch the wire. When the factory-made kinks straighten out in the wire, it has been tensioned enough. Attach the protective sleeves with the pliers and move on to the next wire strand. Follow this procedure until all of the horizontal wires have been tensioned. Drive staples into each post to hold the fence up and secure it along the length of its run.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't drive the staples in all the way. Their only purpose is to support the fence as it expands and contracts during temperature changes.

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