|Corner post bracing with a 2x4 and t-posts|
I mention in my book that when we put up our first fence, I stood there with a library book in hand and read the steps out loud while Dan did them. Since that time we've gained experience, plus Dan has kept his eye out for other fencing jobs and how they were done. There are many methods and the above photo is an example of two different ways of doing the same thing, bracing a fence corner. The purpose of the brace is to counteract the pull of the fence on the corner post. Without it, the tension of the fence would pull and loosen the post. I mention this because I once saw a fence with no corner bracing, and yes, the corner posts were pulled almost out of the ground.
Below is a color enhanced close-up so you can see them better.
The corner on the left was one of the first we did. The diagonal is made of 9 gauge wire looped around the two posts and then twisted together with a stick called a twitch.
The new brace is on the right. Rather than fencing wire and a twitch, Dan used a scrap 2x4 from our bedroom closet wall demolition. This is not necessarily better or worse than the other, it was simply using what we had available without buying more wire.
|Bottom corner of the doe browse. This corner also has two different |
types of braces, one wire with a twitch, the other a landscape timber.
Stretching and attaching the welded wire fence came next. Because this was a wooded area Dan was able to use trees for attaching the fence. No, it doesn't kill them and the benefit is not having to sink dummy posts in order to stretch the fencing tightly.
For photos and details about stretching fence with
a come-along and fence stretcher, and clipping
it to t-posts, see this post, "Progress on the Fence."
After that it was time to open the gate and let the girls in.
|About that blur in the bottom left corner: Sam loves being with the goats.|
He loves being outdoors and loves playing with the chickens (though they
don't think of it as "play.") He's turning into a good, all around farm cat.
There's not a lot down there right now, but come summer there will be tons of poison ivy, saw briars, honeysuckle, blackberries, and kudzu. At least the job is done and we can move onto the next project on the list, the new chicken coop.
Fencing Project: Finishing The Doe Browse © January 2014