How to Build a Field Fence How to Build a Field Fence
A field fence can be erected for a wide variety of reason. Building contractors use them for erosion control. Farmers and homeowners can use them as property line markers and to build animal pens. Some types of field fence, especially those used by contractors for erosion control, are bright orange heavy duty plastic. Others can be made of chain link or barbed wire. Installation of a field fence is quite easy with the right tools and materials. In the following paragraphs you will be presented with a list of tools and materials you’ll need and the steps required to properly build your field fence.
Step 1: Lay Out Fence Line
Using the post driver and wearing your work gloves, drive the first fence post at least eight inches deep where you want the fence to begin. Once this post is fully driven, tie the end of the string to it and stretch it out along the path that you want your fence to take. Hammer a stake into the ground approximately every eight feet and wrap the string around it once.
Step 2: Affix Stiffener
Stiffener’s are fence posts driven into the ground at 45 degree angles and then attached at their upper end to the fence posts on either end of the fence line. The purpose of these posts is to maintain tension on the fence material. Drive the first one in the ground approximately four or five feet from the first post and securely clamp it to the post.
Step 3: Drive to the End
Once the first post and stiffener are in place, walk the laid out fence line, driving posts eight inches deep every six to ten feet. The closer the posts are, the less likely your fence is to sag over time. Attach the other stiffener to the last fence post. Pull the stakes and string out now.
Step 4: Measure and Adjust Heights
Measure the height of the first fence post from the ground to the top and adjust the height of all of the posts to this height.
Step 5: Roll Out the Fence Material
Lay the roll of fence material out at the foot of the fence posts, the full length of the roll or the fence line. At one end, slip the fence end clamps over the post and clamp the fence material between the bolt and the post.
Step 6: Hang the Fence
For this step you will either need something to maintain extreme tension on the fence material or a helper to provide that tension for you. Extreme tension prevents sagging. Move from post to post, attaching the supplied U-retainers to the fence by placing them around the back of the post and through the fence and clamping them to the fence links with the pliers. When you reach the last post, attach the fence to the post in the same fashion that you attached it to the first post.
Step 7: Re-tension the Fence
Go to one end of the fence. Loosen the clamp attaching the stiffener to the post. Use the hammer to drive the stiffener’s top end down approximately one or two inches to properly tension the fence. Repeat this process on the other end.
If you have followed the outlined steps properly, you will have just finished installing a high quality field fence that will last for years.