How to Install a Rubber Fence
A rubber fence is a great option for keeping your livestock contained and protected. A rubber fence is also good for the environment as they are mostly made out of recycled rubber. The strong bands of a rubber fence are used to contain livestock such as goats, sheep, horses, and cows. Installing a rubber fence is not much different than that of a regular fence. Here is what you should know about installing this type of fence on your land.
Step 1 - Measure off Land
When you start to think about installing a rubber fence on your land you will need to know how much you are going to need. Use a tape measure that you can walk behind and measure the land and walk off the area you want to fence in. This will give you the length of fencing that you are going to need.
Step 2 - Purchase Rubber Fence and Materials
Go to your local hardware store and give them the dimensions of the area you want to fence in and they will order the correct amount of fence material. Make sure to order material that is made out of recycled rubber parts.
Step 3 - Position Posts
In order to install the rubber fence you are going to need to set the posts in the ground. The posts are generally going to be regular fence posts, but can be available as a PVC material. Mark off a section where the gate will go with a mark on each side for a post. Then walk off sections of 6 feet and make another mark for another post.
Step 4: Set Posts in Ground
The fence posts are going to have to be set into the ground deeper than the frost line. Depending on where you live, this can be down as far as 20 inches. Make sure you know what this level is before you set your posts. Once you know, then use a post hold digger and start the laborious task of digging the holes and setting the posts. Make sure that the posts are level as you pack the soil around them.
Step 5 - Run Rubber Strands on Fence Posts
A rubber fence is basically a bunch of rubber strands that run along the fence posts. This can be in a continuous strand or in sections. Start at the beginning post and place the anchor assembly on the post with nails. Set the rubber strand in the clips. You should start a new row of rubber strands 6 to 8 inches below the top one until you reach the bottom. Repeat the same process on each of the posts.
Step 6 - Adjust Rubber Tension
Because rubber can stretch it will sometimes lose its form and sag. After you have the rubber fence installed you will need to adjust the tension of each strand so that it is tight and not sagging. Use the retaining clip and turn it until the rubber is tight.
Step 7 - Install Gage for Fence
After all of the adjustments have been made, then install the fence gate and start moving your livestock into the enclosure.