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Do It Yourself: Advice Installing For Security Fencing

Dec 17, 2019Blog0 comments

For an established farmer, setting up galvanised steel security fencing with their workers can be quick and easy. A typical security fence consists of round galvanized steel poles which are cemented, and which serve as a sturdy anchor for straining wire, barbed wire and diamond mesh. These poles are pre-drilled with holes at the right heights, through which pulls the straining wire is pulled.

The average farmer is experienced with aspects such as planning, measuring and delegating basic hand-driven tasks. For those who have little experience with fencing, the idea of a do-it-yourself fence may sound like a very difficult task. However, it is relatively easy if the steps are done correctly.

When setting up a security fence on your farmyard, there are several aspects to consider for a successful installation. You will need to think about the length of poles you need for your fence, how far the fence posts should be from each other, and what type of wire you will use between the posts. Not sure where to start? Read below for helpful advice on fencing on DIY projects on the farm.


Make A Sketch

The very first step in installing security fencing is to sketch it. You must outline all fence lines, access routes, obstructions, corners and gates. To easily remember and see it while installing your fence, use a rope or surveyor tape and clear paint to indicate where each fence post will be placed.

Make sure you measure the area first and keep the distance between the fence posts even, as it will make it easier to tension diamond wire and straining wire. Take pictures of what you have sketched, and make sure you enter all the dimensions as well.


Choose The Lengths Of Your Poles

After sketching your fence, you will need to proceed to look for the correct length of the posts you need. Depending on the length of the wire, different lengths are available, from 1.8 metres to 3 metres.

These fence posts are also available with or without a 450 mm inclined overhang for razor or barbed wire. The higher the fence, the harder it is for a criminal to enter your site. It will help you to make it as difficult as possible for people to climb over or do damage.


Choose Your Fencing Material

After choosing the length of your fence posts, you must choose the right fence material to be placed between the posts. Diamond mesh and welded mesh are popular choices because they are durable, reliable and easy to install.

Barbed wire and razor wire are ideal for the overhangs. When installing the wire, you must tension it according to the height of your fence, usually with three straining wires for 1.2-metre high wire, and four straining wires for heights greater than 1.2 metres. The galvanised steel poles are also the strongest possible fixing points for mounting brackets of electrical wires. Electrical wires are sometimes used together with diamond mesh and sometimes only the electric wire.


Plant Your Poles

When it comes to fencing a farmyard, it is essential to have a security fence that can withstand both animal and human pressure against the poles or wire. To make sure your fence is strong and durable, you can follow a few simple tips.

Plant your poles 600mm deep. The holes for your poles should be approximately 600mm x 400mm. After digging, the hole should be filled with cement and the pole planted. Then it takes two to three days to dry. In sandy soils, the holes must be larger than usual. Make sure your fence posts are evenly spaced so that you can easily tighten the wire.

If you are interested in installing a solid security fence at your farmyard, talk to Van Schoor today to find out what we can offer you.