Only after posts have been driven into the ground can one begin to install wire fencing. Fencing is used in animal containment applications to both contain and protect livestock. Whether you use it on chickens or horses, wire fencing is essential for any responsible animal owner. This guide talks about the steps necessary to stretch a wire fence over a post. It doesn’t matter if you are using chicken wire or barbed wire fencing.
After you have rolled out the fence, go to one end and observe the horizontal wires jutting out of the edge. Each of these horizontal wires needs to be tied to your post. Wrap each wire around the post and follow up by wrapping it around the base of the wire from which it came. After wrapping the wire around several times, clip it off at the base to prevent injury to the animals.
Taking a separate roll of wire fencing, go to the opposite end of the side you are working on. Tie this roll to a post and bring each roll to the center to meet each other. At this point a wire tensioner will be needed to pull the two pieces together as tight as possible. Tension the top and tie two wires together. Move down one space with the tensioner, tying the fence together while you work down. By the time the bottom has been reached, the fence should be very taught and should almost stand up by itself. The fence will be taught enough when the crimps straighten out. Be careful to not pull on of your fence posts out of the ground.
The fencing can now be fixed to all the posts using staples. If you have metal posts, bits of medium gauge wire can be used. As you work along, take care to prevent the fencing from snagging on the ground or twisting around.
The heaviest applications require heavy gauge wire. The gauge of a wire determines how thick it is. As you could imagine, containing large animals requires a heavy gauge. It can help to wrap barb wire around the top and bottom of a fence in an attempt to deter predators and contain the animals. One scratch from a barb wire and they will think twice before trying to get out. Always pick galvanized wire, as it will not rust in outdoor applications. A welded wire fence cannot be galvanized, but is instead coated in sealer.