We have been working on our Pasture Fencing since about October, working just a little bit at a time. It feels like forever. Parts of the fence are old 6″x 6″ Woven Wire. The stretch along the undeveloped piece of property that borders it was sagging pretty badly and covered in vines. Some might say that Shrubbery is the best fence, but I wanted to update the mesh fence to something safer.
And then, Hurricane Matthew knocked down one of the trees and it brought down part of the fence. So, it was official: we’re replacing the fence!
Below are a few “before” pictures:
After removing all the vines, you can see how saggy the old fence was. Not very safe.
We had this gate laying around and we’re going with it for now. We wanted to be able to have easy access to behind the fence.
We Attached a String from our Corner post here down to the next corner post. This helps us see which of the old posts needed to be re-set.
We ended up removing all the old posts. They were either too rotten or loose. Here are all the new posts set in for this stretch of fencing.
Installing the Brace Post
We used Brace Wire and wrapped it around the pins a couple times.
This is our first time doing this so we were guessing on how many times to twist the wire. A piece of 2″x2″ holds the wire in place.
Here’s how we wrapped our wire around the pin. Then we twisted our extra wire back on itself.
We unrolled our new fence! We had a 100′ roll and used about 70′ for this particular section.
Before we actually started nailing the fence up, we needed a way to tension the fence. We didn’t REALLY want to spend money on a fence tensioner so we did some research on some homemade options and Eric came up with this. It’s just (2) 2″x4″s cut to the same height as your fence (48″ in our case) and held together with (3) bolts & nuts. The other two holes there are for rope to slide through.
Then we were ready to start picking up our fence! We’re just two people and the thing wouldn’t just stand there on its own so we used clamps to temporarily hold the fence up to the post.
These are the staples we used to hold up our fence.
We tightened down the tensioner in place on the fencing.
So, if you’re like us and don’t want to spend money on a fence tensioner, here’s the hand-made way! First you need something to pull against- that’s what the pole over to the Right is doing, and we had to dig a very deep hole for that one. It’s removed later. We’ve got rope through two holes on the handmade tensioner and connected to come-along to be able to slowly pull the fence.
Before pulling, we stapled the opposite end of the fence to its post.
No Pictures of the next step…Eric slowly pulled the fence with the Come-Along. When we got the tension we wanted, we stapled the end we were pulling to the Corner Post.
One horizontal wire at a time, we cut it free from the Tensioner by loosening all the knots. Watch the Installation Videos from Red Brand HERE: Installation Videos for tips on stretching, loosening the knots, and tying off the loose ends.
Each time we got a wire free, we slid off the Vertical Wires and wrapped it around the post and the fence itself.
We went down the line and stapled the fence to the rest of the posts. We pulled the fence up as needed based on the terrain.
70′ Down, 200′ more to go!