Building a good fence can seem like a daunting task. If you are unfamiliar with the process, it can seem as if building a fence on your own is an impossible task. But this need not be the case. With a little bit of know how, and the right supplies, anyone can build a fence of their own.
Make Sure You Have The Right Type of Fencing: Depending on what you are building your fence for will affect the type of materials you need. For a horse fence, you will want to look for something with three rails, and often in vinyl. Vinyl fencing is durable and affordable, making it the perfect choice for extending around full properties. A split rail fence with crossed or barbed wire is going to be a better fit if you are looking for the type of fencing used to contain cattle. If you are have goats, sheep or other small herds, a section of field fencing topped with crossed or barbed wire will be the best bet for you.
Getting The Right Posts: Depending on the type of fencing you have decided upon, this will effect the type of posts necessary. As a general rule, it is best to run metal rods as well as wooden posts to help maintain stability. Wooden posts will of course look best with most split rail fencing. Vinyl fencing will require their own particular kind of posts, as well.
When To Use Crossed or Barbed Wire: The use of barbed wire is really dependent upon your need for the fence. As a general rule, barbed wire should not be used on equine fences in Austin. When it comes to field fences to contain sheep and goats, barbed wire is often put at the top of the fence to deter people from getting in the fence, while still being a safe enough distance from the animals themselves.
Buy A Little Extra: Putting up a fence is not complex work. It can be time consuming and hard physical labor, but everyone is capable of doing it for themselves, without having to pay someone to come out and put it up for them. But one thing that people don’t often think of, is to buy a little extra. Whether it’s a few more feet of wire, a couple extra posts or an extra panel, it is always in your best interest to have back up. That way, if a panel breaks, you do not have to stop and return to the store.
Measure Twice and Cut Once: While this may seem like common sense to some, it is always a good thing to remember. Always double check your measurements. Before you go to buy your fencing materials, before you begin cutting down panels or posts, check to make sure your numbers keep coming out the same. This will save you more than just time in the long run. If you find a discrepancy in your numbers, this could save you money as well.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help: If you find yourself unsure about your next move, never hesitate to call a local fencing company. They will be more than willing to give you the insight and advice that you need to get the jobe done right.
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