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Setting Posts for Your Fence

July 15, 2021 | by Joe Morrell

Setting Posts--No Concrete

Mark, Line, and Set. This excellent demonstration shows how to deal with undulating terrain, obstacles, and planning for gates. Tamp it down and forget the concrete! Okay, this moves slowly, but its thorough and makes a heck of a lot of sense. 

 

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Topics: fencing materials, field fence, high tensile wire, farm fence, deer and orchard fence

Fencing-in Goats - Video

April 16, 2021 | by Joe Morrell

Pasturing Goats - A Basic Design

Here's a practical demonstration in creating a very sound enclosure for keeping goats: 

 

Learn more about Goats and Fencing.

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Topics: woven wire, high tensile wire, galvanized

High Tensile Wire Fence Breaking Strength - Video

December 17, 2020 | by Duncan Page

 
Lighter and Stronger?
 
Understand the breaking strength of high tensile wire fence versus low carbon wire fencing. Bekaert's Steven Sarson illustrates the differences in this very helpful video.
 

The lighter weight also means easier handling and installation. Fewer posts are required so you can increase the spacing between posts. If installed properly, high tensile fences:
  • Require little maintenance
  • Re-tensioning is not necessary
  • During installation high tensile fencing requires less tension to make it tight
  • The wire is stiffer and will not stretch and sag
  • Conversely, this characteristic gives it flexibility
  • It will give and bounce back when animals lean against it

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Topics: high tensile wire

Deer Fence Optics

September 22, 2020 | by Joe Morrell

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A bit of paint and some confusion--

Avoiding damage to your property from deer is best accomplished with a sturdy, well-maintained fence. There are some unique solutions to repelling deer using fencing and we begin with the fact that black is very difficult for deer to see. A deer will not risk jumping over a fence that uses black Bezinal-coated zinc-aluminum finish on the wire; it makes it very hard for them to discern the boundaries of the fence. In a single bound, deer can clear about 8 feet. The height and diameter of the black-coated wire of a 7-foot fence will cause enough confusion to send them rummaging for food elsewhere. A deer's capacity for flight is prodigious, and gauging risk to its limbs is an innate skill. An injury to a leg means becoming fodder to predators. For your part, the preparation and maintenance of a deer fence must include various factors:

  • Make sure that the fence is tight to the ground to prevent the deer from crawling under the fence
  • Vines that will inevitably grow on it should be cleared--the vines will eventually add definition to the fence which will aid the deer in clearing it 
  • Keeping the fence in good repair is key as deer are quick to find where the fence has been damaged
  • Gates mean access and must be kept closed especially before dusk

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Twilight and Superior Night Vision

  • Comparing the eyes and pupils of deer to humans, a deer's are larger on both counts
  • The light-gathering capacity works out to be about nine times that of human vision
  • The receptors of light in the back of a deer's eye (rods and cones) are accompanied by a reflective layer which to us appear to shine at night
  • These receptors, the rods, cones, and the light which interact to create a deer's ability to have superior night vision means that it is at final count 18 times better than human eyesight at night (for our part, the capacity for detail during the day is superior to a deer's)  

Hence, a deer's most effective vision comes in low light. So, as our vision towards evening starts to dim, a deer's vision is just getting going. The shape of a deer's eye is more oval, maximizing objects on the horizon where danger may lurk, rather than from above (here's a reason why hunters that are elevated above the deer's primary source of reference have an advantage.) For a deer, the light from above can distract and this is why the black 7-foot fence is enough for them to avoid the risk of not clearing it--what's above them is simply not a usual source of threat from predators. 

The Mesh You Need

You'll find that black vinyl-coated hexagonal deer fence lasts a long, long time. The 20-gauge galvanized wire is woven into a 1" hex mesh, galvanized, and then coated with a tough, flexible, thick coating of black PVC tightly bonded to the wire. The resulting vinyl-coated deer fence is very corrosion resistant. It is also extremely resistant to cracking, chipping, and weathering and the inhibitors in the vinyl protect it from UV degradation. Another benefit of the black coating is how it makes the mesh blend in with the landscape. Please call Louis Page (866) 328-5018 if you have some specific concerns or questions. 

Although the initial outlay may seem expensive, the most cost-effective plan to guard your outdoor investments is a deer fence and when considered over time, it becomes very cost-effective. 

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Topics: high tensile wire, deer fence, galvanized, deer and wildlife fence

Installing Hinge Joint Field Fence

August 25, 2020 | by Joe Morrell

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Hinge Joint: A Wide Range of Applications

To enclose a large field safely and efficiently, Bekaert's hinge-jointed field fence comes through. This fence adapts well and hosts a wide variety of animals while remaining economical and extremely durable. Hinge joint field fence is specifically designed to withstand animal impacts: springing back and retaining its shape, therefore saving on maintenance and costly repairs. Another benefit is the graduated spacing it features with smaller openings approaching the ground, which keeps predators and small animals at bay. As for your particular set of criteria, don't hesitate to call Louis Page; we're always ready to assist you in making your selection. Here are three types available:

  • Gaucho Pro Field Fence--1075 lb. breaking strength, high tensile wire, pre-installed gripple-action upon request, a variety of protective coatings, appropriate for grazing animals such as cattle, goats, and sheep, coming in an optional height of 78'' for deer exclusion. For professional applications.                                                                                                                                              
  • Gaucho Field Fence--630 lb. breaking strength, high tensile wire, gripple-action upon request, Class 3 coating, appropriate for grazing animals such as cattle, goats, and sheep.                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Classic Field Fence--a variety of breaking strength options, Class 3 and Class 1 coatings, crafted for economy and efficiency. 

We also have another blog called "Woven Wire Fence Knots" that may be helpful to you in choosing the right style of field fence. 

Here's a helpful video, "Installing Hinge Joint," from our friends at Bekaert:

 

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Topics: high tensile wire, Bekaert, hinge joint, cattle fence

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