Fencing is one of the most important elements of any farm regardless of the livestock they tend to or the size of their property. While a high-quality and properly installed fence will keep your livestock safe and organized, a low-quality and poorly installed fence will have the opposite effect. As a leading provider of farm fencing solutions, the team at Edge Wholesale Direct knows how difficult fence installation projects can be. That is why we have compiled a list of mistakes to avoid with barbed wire fencing to help you get the job done right.
3 Mistakes to Avoid with Barbed Wire Fencing
The following mistakes are among the most common when installing a barbed wire fence to contain livestock:
1. Starting Without a Plan
Installing a fence is a deceptively complex task with many considerations to keep in mind. From mapping out the area and digging posts to stretching the wire and hanging gates, many steps must be completed to ensure that the fence can perform its intended purpose. That is why it is crucial to have a distinct and comprehensive plan before starting any work. Failure to create a plan can make the installation take far longer and reduce the effectiveness of the fence.
2. Improper Post Installation
While the number of posts you require will vary based on the size of your fence, it is crucial to ensure that they are installed properly. If posts are not installed deep enough or are too close together, this can drastically reduce the effectiveness and durability of your fence. About one-third of each post should be buried in the ground and they should be spaced 8’-12’ apart based on the size of your fence.
3. Overstretching Wire
When installing barbed wire or any other type of wire, it should be taught without being overly tight. If the wire is not tight enough, the fence may sag. If it is too tight, the wire could snap during extreme weather conditions or temperature changes. If the wires on your fence do not have any slack or are completely straight, they are likely too tight. In most cases, you should stretch the wire so that half of the slack or “bend” is removed as this will ensure that it is taught without being too tight or loose.
To learn more about barbed wire fencing or to inquire about our selection of other fencing products, 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.