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DIY Deer Fence Kit

End of Year Thanks

We at Fencer Wire would like to take a moment to thank our customers this year on helping us reach our goals. This year has seen a lot of growth for our fledgling company and we have many irons in the fire to continue to expand in the coming year. In 2014 we will be working hard to bolster our product catalog, giving our customers more options, while keeping our prices competitive. We also this year, have been able to fulfill requests from several customers for wire fence that was fabricated to specification and this is a service we are hoping to continue in the next year.

This year’s largest project for both Fencer Wire and our parent company CAP Barbell has been the construction of our brand new warehouse in Joliet, IL. The building and moving process has not been without its hiccups, but we were able to move in today just in time for Christmas.

Front door of new office

Front door of new office

Truck docks at new warehouse

Truck docks at new warehouse

Eastern side of new warehouse

Eastern side of new warehouse

Western side of new warehouse

Western side of new warehouse

So once again, a big thank you to all our customers, suppliers and partners this year and we wish you all a successful and happy new year.

Bracing Fence Corners

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, a saying almost everyone knows, and for fencing that weak link is often the corners. The posts that create your fence lines corners are under a great deal of stress. They have to hold against the tensioning applied to the fence itself and remain upright. Weather can cause the fence to expand and contract applying more pressure against the posts and animals push and rub along the fence adding more pressure. So setting your corners correctly is paramount to the longevity of your fence.

For a welded wire fence like those sold by Fencer Wire an H brace system is usually more than sufficient. Here are some tips to help avoid common mistakes when setting corners using an H brace system.

 

Below Ground Matters:

Setting your posts too shallow will weaken the corner significantly. A general rule of thumb to follow is you want as much post below ground as the height of your top wire. The greatest amount of tension is being applied by the top wires so the deeper the posts are set the more resistant they will have to that pressure. If in doubt always aim for at least 3’ of post below the ground and deep if the ground is rocky or soft.

 

Post Size:

The diameter of the post is equally important. The greater the tension on the post the thicker it needs to be. At minimum a 6” post should be used for the corner with a 4” secondary vertical post.

 

Tension Wire:

A tension wire will keep your post anchored in the ground. Use 9 gauge smooth wire for this task. Loop the wire around the base of the corner post and then up around the brace post above the cross rail. This will transfer the tension from the top of the brace post to the base of the corner post.

 

There are many other ways to brace corners in a fence run. Each type has its own strengths and weaknesses and depending on your soil, weather and what you are trying to fence in or out will affect how you decide what type of bracing to use. Give Fencer Wire a call at 815/773-1051 and we can help you chose the right type of fencing to finish your project.

Apron Fencing

Apron fence is a practical and effective way to either keep something inside or outside a fenced area depending on installation. The fence, usually at least 12 to 24 inches wide, is installed along the ground and attached to the base of the vertical fence. Once installed correctly grass will grow up through the fence making it invisible and long lasting.  As the wire will be along the ground and covered eventually by grass and partially buried a vinyl coated wire is going to be more durable and rust proof. Depending on the type of animal you are trying to contain the size of the fence openings can be anywhere from 1”x1” to ½”x ½ ” squares. Fencer Wire carries a line of 24” 16 gauge vinyl coated wire that will make a durable and effective apron fence.

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Keeping things inside a fence:

A common application of apron fence is inside of dog kennels. The apron prevents the dog from digging under the fence as animals will only try to dig directly along the fence line, not realizing they need to start their escape tunnel at least a foot out.  To create an apron fence for a dog kennel the apron portion of the fence is along the inside of the kennel. Attach the apron fence to the bottom of the vertical fence with hog rings and secure it to the ground with lawn staples at least every two feet. The fence can now be covered with grass, dirt or gravel.

Keeping things outside a fence:

Another common use of apron fencing is to prevent animals from digging under a fence into a garden. To safe guard your garden from hungry pests install the apron fence along the outside of the vertical fence and secure it as above with hog rings and lawn staples.

Apron fence is a easy to install practical way to prevent pests and safe guard your pets. It’s an effective deterrent against larger predators as well such as coyotes. Fencer Wire can help you chose the right fencing products for your project. Give us a call today at (815) 773-1051 or visit us online at www.fencerwire.com today.

Keeping Your Garden Deer Free

Poly deer fencing, such as Tenax C-Flex is a great way to keep deer away from gardens, orchards and other areas of your property. When installed correctly the fence is highly effective, long lasting, durable and best of all virtually invisible. The black mesh doesn’t draw the eye and practically fades away into the background allowing you to enjoy unobstructed views of you property and surrounding areas.

Tenax fence comes in various weights and depending on the number of deer your property draws, as well as the size of the area you are wishing to protect, the heavier the fence should be. The height of the fence is also important. Deer are much more reluctant to jump over anything above eye level, so a height of 7.5 feet is recommended. However, equally as important is securing the bottom of the fence line with ground stakes as deer will dig under a fence before attempting to jump over it.

 

Step 1 – Corners and end posts

Install all corner posts and end posts first. Tenax fence can be installed using a variety of post options from wood to tubular metal posts or even using study healthy trees. For best results though the post should be buried 3 feet deep and match the height of the fence above ground.  Support end posts and corner posts with braces or support wires if needed.

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Step 2 – Monofilament Line

Attach the monofilament line from each end or corner so that a line runs the entire span of the area the fence will be placed.

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Use monofilament sleeves to secure the line to the posts. Slide the line though one side of the sleeve, then around the post then back into the other side of the sleeve. Use the crimping tool to close the sleeve and secure the line.  Repeat this process for both the top and bottom ends of the posts.

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Install monofilament lighteners along every run of line top and bottom between posts.

 

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Step 3 – Support Posts

Support posts should be installed every 15 to 20 feet. If deer traffic is heavy opt for 15 foot spacing for better support.  Tenax tubular posts are easy to install and the black color will be less visable than a wooden post. The heavy duty Tenax posts come in three parts the driving cap, the ground sleeve, and the post. Start by using the driving cap to drive the ground sleeve into the ground. The sleeve anchors the post and prevents it from being damaged during installation. The driving caps will mushroom over time so replace them as needed during installation.

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Step 4 – Installing the fence

Unroll the Tenax fence along the posts securing it with 6 self locking ties per post. Hand tighten the fence at first as it is being unrolled to prevent mistakes.

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If using more than one roll of fence use hog rings to secure any overlapping areas. Once the fence is secured to the posts use a hog ringer and rings to attach the fence to the top and bottom line of monofilament. A hog ring should be placed at least every three feet to properly secure the fence.

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Lastly use ground stakes to secure the fence to the ground and prevent deer from digging under the fence. A ground stake or turf staple should be installed at least ever 5 feet. Hook the ground stakes or turf staples to the actual fence not the monofilament line and make sure they are pressed down fully into the soil.

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Step 5 – Finishing touches

Every 10 feet attach a 12 inch long white ribbon along the fence at a height of 4 feet. This will allow the deer to see the fence at night and prevent them from crashing into it. Leave the ribbons up for a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks until the deer are aware of the fence and have adjusted their paths and grazing habits.

If rodents are also a problem black vinyl coated hex netting can be attached to the bottom of the fence. Add an additional 12 inches to the height of the hex netting required and fold the fence along the ground to create an apron along the grass to keep rodents from digging under the fence and onto your property. Use ground stakes to secure the apron portion of the fence to the ground and attach the hex netting to the poly deer fence with a hog ring every 3 feet along the fence line.

 

An effective deer fence doesn’t just keep deer out; it permanently alters their migration routes, so proper installation the first time is crucial. Once the deer learn getting onto your property or into your garden is more trouble than it’s worth they will look elsewhere.

Fencer Wire carries a full line of Tenax deer fencing and can help you with you fencing projects. Give us a call at 815/773-1051 or visit us online at http://www.fencerwire.com today!

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Let’s Get Crafty!

Summer is the perfect time to be outdoors and during this season Fencer Wire sees a lot of customers buying welded wire, hardware cloth, and hex netting for various gardening tasks. But, summer is also the time kids are home on vacation and sometimes a craft project is the perfect way to add some variety to the day. Hardware cloth and chicken wire are both inexpensive and make for some fun projects for both kids and adults alike. Below are links to some of our favorite craft ideas using these products.

 

A note on safety:

Wear gloves when handling wire. Not only can cut edges be sharp, depending on manufacturing methods some wire may have trace amounts of lead. A simple pair of gardening gloves will protect you from scratches and any exposure.

 

Clothes Pin Chandelier

This project is simple, understated, and gets that “oh that’s so cool” reaction from people who see it.

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19 gauge hardware cloth with half inch openings is perfect for this job. The designers made it for a laundry room but it would also look great on a porch or in a workroom. Head over to younghouselove to find out how to make one yourself.

 

Vertical Succulent Garden

Vertical gardens are awesome, especially if, like yours truly, you have a tiny back yard. They allow you to add some green without taking up precious space, and Better Homes and Gardens has an amazing tutorial on how to put one together.

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Once again 19 gauge hardware cloth is the go to fence product for this project and you can pick some up from fencerwire.com and then head to your local nursery to pick your plants. Check out the step by step guide on how to make your own here.

 

Wire Baskets

Spring cleaning may be a season past, but what better way to organize those areas of your home that can get a little out of control then with some fun wire baskets. Get the kids to make baskets for their toys and school supplies in fun colors and help them keep their rooms tidy.

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Better Together used drop cloth as her fabric liner but you can find a cloth color to match any room in your home to line these with. Fencer Wire’s hardware cloth and chicken wire are both easy to bend into shape, sturdy enough to hold things like shoes, and light enough to make the baskets easy to carry. Add your own style and prevent the wire from rusting in rooms that might get a little wet like the bathroom or kitchen by spray painting the wire with rust-o-leum. Scroll down to craft number 3 to find the wire baskets on this site.

 

Snowflakes Ornaments

OK, yes I know the sun is shining and the last thing anyone wants to think about is snow. But you can get a jump on a new look for this year’s Christmas tree or cut out stars instead of snowflakes and use summery colors instead of silver and blue and make bright colorful window ornaments, or perfect party decorations mixed with some lights. Be creative!

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This is a great craft for kids. Adults, you do the wire cutting and bending, and let the kids go crazy with glue and glitter. And, since its summer you can do it outside and don’t have to worry about a sparkly mess on the floor. Hardware cloth comes in half inch and quarter inch sizes either would be perfect for this job. Order some wire from Fencer Wire and check out how easy this craft is over at marthastewart.com

 

Bird Chandelier

This last craft is a bit of repeat on light fixtures, but, I love the whimsical look of this one. Perfect for a nursery, this is what the designer created it for, it would also look great in a den or office.

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Hardware cloth works well for this to hold the twigs and add that birdcage look to the piece. Head over to dwellings by devore to see how its done.

 

So, we hope the above crafts have inspired you to think outside the box when it comes to wire fencing. This is just the tip of the ice berg there are some many wonderful artists making use of wire mesh as a medium. We at Fencer Wire would love to see what you create, email us your project pics and we will post them on our facebook page or leave a comment below with a link to other cool craft ideas out there.