How Do I Attach a Welded Wire Fence to a Fence Post?

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How Do I Attach a Welded Wire Fence to a Fence Post?
This welded wire fence uses steel pipes as posts. (Steve Baccon/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Since 1901, welded wire fence has been used to keep dogs and small livestock in and keep deer and other wildlife out. It is usually sold in 100-foot rolls and the square windows in the wire mesh range in size from 1/2 inch square to 2-by-4 inches. Welded wire fence can be nailed or stapled to wooden posts but it is usually clipped to skinny metal fence posts call "t-posts" because the metal posts cost less than the wooden ones. If this is your first fence, you should know before you begin that the t-posts have a smooth side and a ridged or bumpy side.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Long string
  • Leather gloves
  • T-post clips
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters (in most cases)

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  1. 1

    Check the alignment of the t-posts before you begin tying a long piece of string to the fence posts at each end of each side of the fence. As you walk past the t-posts, check to ensure that the bumpy side of each post faces out. The fence always attaches to the bumpy side.

  2. 2

    Put on leather gloves. Set the roll of welded wire fencing upright by one of the t-posts at one end of the "out" side of the fence you are about to construct.

  3. 3

    Push the bent middle of a t-post clip against the top of the t-post from the "in" side of the fence. The clip should fit the t-post exactly. The wire clip, which resembles a piece of clothes hanger, will have an acutely bent end that turns 180 degrees and a much less sharply bent end.

  4. 4

    Push both ends of the t-post hook over the top horizontal wire of the welded wire fencing. Ensure that the top wire of the fence is just above the top bump on the t-post.

  5. 5

    Bend the acutely bent end of the t-post clip down and around the top horizontal fence wire. Tightly wrap that end of the clip around the fence wire twice using pliers. Wrap the other end of the t-post clip around the fence wire once using pliers.

  6. 6

    Count down six horizontal wires and secure that wire to the t-post with a clip using the same procedure you used above. Repeat until you reach the bottom of the fence.

  7. 7

    Unroll and stretch the welded wire fencing to the next t-post. Hold the fence tight while you attach it to the second t-post.

  8. 8

    Continue to the last t-post. Cut the welded wire fencing with wire clippers if the roll is longer than you need.

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