Safe and secure fencing is vital for every farm regardless of the livestock you tend to or the size of your property. While properly installing a fence can be a complex task, it is crucial to take the time to ensure that all posts are properly installed before tensioning wire around them. As a leading provider of quality farm fencing posts, the team at Edge Wholesale Direct knows that there are many elements to consider when installing each post. That is why we have compiled a list of important considerations for farm fence posts to help you get the job done right and ensure lasting safety for your operation.
5 Elements to Consider When Installing Farm Fence Posts
When installing farm fence posts, it is important to consider the following elements:
The first step when installing metal fence posts is to establish the fence line’s corners and gates with wooden fence posts. Metal wire fences are subjected to substantial tension at each end of an enclosure, and wooden fence posts can help the posts in these positions withstand this pressure.
Once the corners are set and braced with wooden posts, run a guideline between them to ensure that each t-post is placed in a straight line. Next, use a tape measure to ensure that each post is evenly spaced along this line. If your fence will feature 5 or 6 strands of wire, your posts should be 10-12 ft apart. Any further or closer can negatively impact the tension of the wire, so it is important to stay within this range.
The position of your t-posts will vary based on whether you wish to keep your livestock in or keep predators out. If you need to keep large livestock contained, it is best to point the studs of each t-post inward. If you need to keep your livestock safe from predators, direct the studs outward. This will ensure that your fence can withstand pressure without breaking or sustaining significant damage.
4. Post Depth
To keep livestock or predators from pulling posts from the ground, you will need to drive them into the ground and ensure that the anchor is completely buried. Most posts will need to be driven at least 18-24 inches into the ground via a post driver or sledgehammer to ensure lasting livestock safety.
5. Wire Tension and Clips
With the posts installed and secured, you will need to install wire and wire clips. When installing wire, it is crucial to remember that it should be taut, not tight. Once your wire is in place, install t-post clips in a stud on each post to keep the wires from moving up or down over time.
To learn more about our selection of farm products or for assistance choosing the right products for your operation, get in touch with the team at Edge Wholesale Direct. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products.