INSTALLing A McGREGOR DOG FENCE: PREPARATION
Dress and Gear
It’s just common sense that people installing a dog fence should come prepared for moderately rough outside work. (One person can do the job, but two-person teams are best).
The list of tools needed is reasonably short–a string and some small stakes to mark the fence line; tin snips (preferably scissor-nosed) if one is installing metal fencing; a brush king, pruner, or other clearing equipment if brush or low branches must be cleared; a lawn mower for mowing a two-foot swath along the fence line; a manual post driver for driving metal posts; a post-hole digger, spade, and mattock if holes are to be dug for cement footings; and some optional equipment: a digging bar to prepare the way for setting metal posts; a hog-ringer for use with hog-ring staples; and cement-related equipment if cement footings are being poured.
Clearing the Fence Path
Start by laying out the fence line with a string and small stakes. The finished fence should have 4 to 6 feet of brush and vegetation cleared on either side of it, depending on its height; so if the fence must run through brush, bushes, or low trees, it pays to do this clearing before the fence is installed. Clear the brush with a brush king, pruner, or other equipment down to a height of a foot or so, and cut to the ground anything heavy within a foot of the fence line, so that a mower can go over it. Then mow the ground within a foot on either side of the fence line, so that a two-foot swath is cleared all the way to the ground.
Order of Fence Component Installation
Plan to install the main components of your fence in the following order:
- Set the posts (including corner posts and any corner braces, end braces, and earth anchors that you may have).
- Attach the tie wire that runs along the top of the fencing.
- Attach a length of fencing to the tie wire and supporting posts section by section, making adjustments for grade changes as needed. Be sure to leave enough fencing at the bottom to allow for the indicated bottom flap.
- Secure the fence bottom with ground stakes.
- Install gates.