INSTALLING A McGREGOR DOG FENCE: MORE ABOUT POSTS
MORE ABOUT POSTS
Attaching Brace Bands and Caps to Round Deer Fence Posts
Brace bands offer a convenient way to ensure that your fencing cannot slide down the posts. Place a brace band near the top of each round post. The flanges on the band should face outward away from the dog except on posts where earth anchors will be attached, in which case the flanges should point toward the place where the earth anchor will be inserted into the ground.
If you are using metal dome-shaped caps, before tightening the brace band, leave enough space above the band so that a cap can fit on the post. Place the cap on the post, if need be by hammering the cap, putting a board between the cap and your hammer to avoid marring the cap.
Raise the brace band up to the bottom of the cap with your hands (or up to the top of the post if you are using flat vinyl caps) and point the flanges in the right direction. Pass the bolt provided through the holes in the flanges, apply a nut, and tighten the nut with a wrench until the brace band cannot move.
Other Metal Posts
Alternatives to round metal posts are steel T-posts or U-posts. They look a bit more rustic than round metal posts, and like other metal posts they seem less natural (but also less visible) than wood. They do not grip the soil as well as round metal posts, and so they are not recommended for use on sharp turns if the fence is tall.
To install an angle-iron post, simply get on a short stepladder and drive the post down with a manual post driver until seven feet are above ground, testing it periodically from the front and side with a carpenter's level to make sure it goes in straight. If the soil is rocky, use a digging bar as described above in the section on round posts.
When you are putting the fence rolls in place, attach the fencing to each angle-iron post with five or so eight-inch heavy-duty zip-lock ties, but in addition pass the zip-tie through one of the holes in the angle-iron post so as to prevent the zip-tie from slipping down the post. As noted above, the tie wire at the top of the fence can also be attached to the fencing with zip-lock ties, although this job can be done faster and better with a hog-ringer.and metal hog-ring staples
Wooden Fence Posts
Avoid using untreated wood, because most untreated wood in contact with the soil will rot in a year or two. These posts should be set 2 to 3 feet into the ground, depending on the height of the fence, or deeper (below the frost line) where the frost line is deeper. Like other posts, they should be spaced 8 to 10 feet apart for metal hexagrid fencing and 10 to 12 feet apart for polypropylene fencing. The fencing should be attached to each post with about one U-nail per foot of post, being careful not to hammer the U-nail in so far that it damages the fencing. As a general rule, the fencing should be pulled tight enough between the posts so that it stands straight, but no tighter.