The Ultimate Temporary Fencing Guide
Erecting a temporary fence within a yard can serve to sanction off areas for pets, prevent children from entering a pool, and keep party guests contained to a specific area, among other purposes.
Temporary fencing is not designed for long term use, although a properly built temporary fence could probably be employed long after its intended use expired.
Fences like these can be bought pre-built or can be built from scratch.
Temporary Metal Fencing “Construction Panels”
These are the fences seen at outdoor events, enclosing construction sites, and blocking pedestrians from dangerous areas such as trenches. They can indeed be rented and used at home but could be a bit overkill for most home-based projects.
These temporary fences are composed of sections which are put together on-site via hinges. Special door panels with locking latches are available.
The panels are free-standing, requiring no digging and minimal setup time. Construction projects such as repairing a damaged wall, resurfacing a pool, digging a trench, or building a retaining wall could require the services of a construction wall.
- The tubes are made of galvanized steel pipe. They are able to withstand heavy impacts and long-term outdoor exposure.
- The panels connect together at hinges, requiring no special hardware to install.
- Two men/women can install a construction fence with no problem.
- The chain-link panels do not allow humans or animals to bypass the fencing.
A post fence is easy to create with some wooden posts and a roll of metal or plastic fencing. Wood posts are driven into the ground at regular intervals. As such, these fences are limited to installation on soft ground such as a lawn.
Flexible temporary fencing material is stapled or ties to each post while being stretched taught.
Multiple fence styles are available, such as hex netting and chicken wire.
A post fence can be erected at minimal cost and effort and is the most economical solution for yard owners.
What about wire fencing?
- This design uses cheap wood stakes which are driven into the ground using a plastic mallet.
- Metal or plastic rolls of fencing material can be obtained cheaply.
- The temporary fencing material is applied to the posts using a staple gun, twine or metal wire.
- Posts fences are perfect for containing pets and small children.
- Can only be installed on soft ground.
- Users can make curves, straight lines, and circles.
Start with the Posts
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, wired temporary 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 temporary fence, go to one end and observe the horizontal wires jutting out of the edge 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.
Adding Tension to Wire Fencing
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.
How Heavy Does My Wire Need to Be? (heavy gauge?)
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 temporary fence in an attempt to deter predators and contain the animals.
One scratch from barbed 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 the sealer.
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