How to Build a Wire Mesh Fence

Updated July 20, 2017

One of the simplest ways to install a wire mesh fence is to use wire mesh panels. With the help of a friend or two, each of these panels can easily be attached to two fence post using brackets. Wire mesh fences have sometimes been paired with an electric fence charger to control larger animals. Wire mesh fences can be used as barriers to keep animals in or out of your property. They can keep chickens, dogs or horses inside the fence while keeping predators out.

Hammer in a stake for the first corner post with your mallet, then hammer in a stake for each corner post. Connect the guide wire to each corner stake to align your fence. Use a wire mesh panel to show where each stake should be placed along the guide wire.

Use a post hole digger or shovel to dig a post hole replacing each stake around the perimeter of the fence. Dig each hole deep enough so that a third of the total length of the fence post will be buried in the ground. Dig the bottom of each hole slightly larger than the top to keep each fence post anchored.

Pour two shovels of gravel into each hole for drainage, then place a post into each hole in an upright position. Shovel concrete into each hole up to one inch above the hole, building a mound around the base of each post. Align each fence post with a level tool. Brace the fence post with two stakes, and let it dry thoroughly for two or three days.

Use a fence panel as a measuring stick to line up the rail brackets on each post. Use a level to make sure the fence panel is aligned correctly, then mark where the top and bottom brackets should be using chalk spray. Attach the rail brackets to the top and bottom of each fence post using your screwdriver and bracket screws. Slide the panels onto the brackets, and screw them in with your screwdriver and screws.

Things You'll Need

  • Stakes
  • Rubber mallet
  • Guide wire
  • Wire mesh panels
  • Post hole digger or shovel
  • Posts
  • Cement
  • Spray chalk
  • Brackets
  • Screws
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