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INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS for welded wire
dog fence kits

 (DG-WW-4x100, DG-WW-4x200, DG-WW-4x300, DG-WW-6x100, DG-WW-6x200, DG-WW-6x300,
DG-WW-TR-4x100, DG-WW-TR-4x200, DG-WW-TR-4x300, DG-WW-TR-6x100,
DG-WW-TR-6x200, DG-WW-TR-6x300)


 

 


Parts in the Kits with a Top Support Wire (No Top Rail), 4 and 6 Feet Tall:

 

Product
Number

Product

4 x 100
Foot
Kit

4 x 200
Foot
Kit

4 x 300
Foot
Kit

6 x 100
Foot
Kit

6 x 200
Foot
Kit

6 x 300
Foot
Kit

14-42

4 x 100-foot roll of black pvc-coated welded wire fencing, 14 gauge wire, 2x4 inch mesh openings

1 roll

2 rolls

3 rolls

 

 

 

14-43

6 x 100-foot roll of black pvc-coated welded wire fencing, 14 gauge wire, 2x4 inch mesh openings

 

 

 

1 roll

2 rolls

3 rolls

15-03KE-4FT-1

Round 1-5/8 inch pvc-coated black post with drive sleeve and cap for a four-foot fence, single post

8

16

24

 

 

 

15-03KE-6FT-1

Round 1-5/8 inch pvc-coated black post with drive sleeve and cap for a 6ix-foot fence, single post

 

 

 

8

16

24

15-03C

Drive cap

 1

1

1

1

1

1

15-12

Bundle of 8 brace bands, black, with  nuts, bolts, and washers

1

2

3

1

2

3

16-021-110

Tie wire, 13.5 ga, black pvc-coated, 110 feet

1

 

 

1

 

 

16-021-220

Tie wire, 13.5 ga, black pvc-coated, 220 feet

 

1

 

 

1

 

16-021-350

Tie wire, 13.5 ga, black pvc-coated, 350 feet

 

 

1

 

 

1

17-04

8-inch heavy duty zip-lock ties, bag of 100

2

3

5

2

4

6

18-01

Kinked galvanized ground stakes, bundle of 30

1

2

3

1

2

3

INST-DG-WW

Installation instructions

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1

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Parts in the Kits with a Top Rail, 4 and 6 Feet Tall:

 

Product
Number

Product

4 x 100
Foot
Kit

4 x 200
Foot
Kit

4 x 300
Foot
Kit

6 x 100
Foot
Kit

6 x 200
Foot
Kit

6 x 300
Foot
Kit

14-42

4 x 100-foot roll of black pvc-coated welded wire fencing, 14 gauge wire, 2x4 inch mesh openings

1 roll

2 rolls

3 rolls

 

 

 

14-43

6 x 100-foot roll of black pvc-coated welded wire fencing, 14 gauge wire, 2x4 inch mesh openings

 

 

 

1 roll

2 rolls

3 rolls

15-03P-6FT-1

Round 6-foot x 1-5/8 inch black post

10

20

30

 

 

 

15-03P-8FT-1

Round 8-foot x 1-5/8 inch black post

 

 

 

10

20

30

TOP-RAIL

Top rail pipe, black, galvanized and pvc-coated, 1-3/8 x 100 inches, with male end and an effective length of 8 feet

13

25

38

13

25

38

15-19

Rail end, black, for 1-3/8 inch top rails

12

12

12

12

12

12

CF-SCREW-16

Self-tapping screws, bag of 16

1

1

1

1

1

1

15-10-1

Brace band, black, with nut, bolt, washer

12

12

12

12

12

12

15-15

Dome cap, black, for 1-5/8 inch post

8

8

8

8

8

8

15-18

Loop cap, black, for 1-5/8 inch post and 1-3/8 inch top rail

6

16

26

6

16

26

17-04

8-inch heavy duty zip-lock ties, bag of 100

2

3

5

2

4

6

18-01

Kinked galvanized ground stakes, bundle of 30

1

2

3

1

2

3

INST-DG-WW

Installation instructions

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Tools Needed:

  • Small wrench
  • Wire cutter
  • Hammer
  • Carpenter's level
  • Hacksaw or pipe cutter
  • File (sometimes needed)
  • Electric drill with a Phillips head bit
  • Manual post driver (best) or post hole digger

 

Installation:

1)      Start by laying out the  fence line with a string and small stakes. The finished  fence should have several feet of brush and vegetation cleared on either side of it; 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.

2)      Lay down your round posts at the fence’s corners and then lay down the remainder of your posts at roughly equal distances from one another around the fence. If you have a gate, leave about twice the normal distance plus the width of the gate between the posts where the gate will go, because the gate posts will act as additional support posts.

3)      If your fence has a top support wire (not a top rail), pound each post 2 feet into the ground with your manual post driver. If your fence has a top rail, arrange things so that your fencing will reach all the way to the ground when it is attached to the top rail. If using dome caps with a top rail, install the corner, end, and gate posts with dome caps two inches shallower than the line posts with loop caps. Or if using flat vinyl caps with a top rail, install the corner, end, and gate posts wtih vinyl caps one inch shallower than the line posts with loop caps. To make the post go to the correct depth, start by marking the correct depth on the post with a piece of tape. Then, as the post is being driven in, use a carpenter’s level to make sure the post goes in straight.  When you use the post driver, be sure that any assistant keeps his or her hands out of range, because the descending driver can seriously injure hands. If your soil has a lot of rocks or roots it's a good ideal to prepare the way for the post driver with a digging bar. Mark the desired post depth on the bar with a piece of tape. Then insert the bar a few inches into the soil, using a hammer if necessary; rotate the bar several times in the hole; insert it a few more inches, and continue this way until it has reached the desired depth. If using a post hole digger, dig post holes to the correct depth at appropriate spots, place a post in a hole, fill in around the post using a carpenter's level to make sure the post is straight, and tamp the soil down well around the post.

4)      Should you be installing corner and end braces, put the vertical post in a cement footing (see our cement footing installation instructions and either put the angled side posts in their own cement footings or prevent these angled posts from moving by placing their ends in the ground against cement blocks known in the trade as “dead men”.

If your kit comes with a top rail, skip to step 7

5)      Put a brace band near the top of each post with the flanges facing inward toward your dog. Before tightening the band, place the round metal dome cap on the post. If need be hammer the cap on, putting a board between the cap and your hammer to avoid marring the cap. If the cap still refuses to go on, get a small metal file and file down the inward-pointing metal projection on the inside of the cap until the cap cooperates. Once the cap is on, raise the brace band up to the bottom of the cap with the flanges still pointing in. Pass a carriage bolt through the holes in the flanges, apply a washer and nut, and tighten the nut with a wrench until the brace band cannot move up or down the post.

6)      Next, once all the bands are on, attach your black tie wire. This wire does not stretch, and it does not need to be applied under high tension. Simply pass one end of the tie wire around one anchor post (a corner post is a good place to start) just under the brace band; wrap the wire around itself a few times to form something that looks like a small hangman's knot; proceed to the other anchor post (three or four posts down the line, but always stopping at corners and gates); pull the wire tight enough to run straight and support the fencing without sagging; cut the wire; and wrap the cut end around the incoming wire several times to form another small hangman's knot.  Cut the excess from the end of both the knots you have formed. Now you are finished with this run and ready to start another. Proceed in this way around the fence, stopping your runs at corner and gate posts, so that no run goes around a corner or over a gate opening, until you get back to where you began.

If your kit does not come with a top rail, skip to step 12

7)   If you are installing a top rail, start by attaching a rail end to the female end of a 1-3/8 inch top rail pipe. Do this by hammering a small dimple into the side of a rail end with a nail set or large nail where you want a self-tapping screw to go. Then place the rail end fully over the pipe and fasten it to the pipe with a self-tapping screw, placing the point of the screw on the dimple and driving the screw in with an electric drill equipped with a Phillips head bit. Follow this by placing similar dimples on all your other rail ends; and if loop caps have not yet been placed on all your vertical line posts, put them there.

8)   Now take the rail end, with the top rail pipe attached, to the brace band on the post where it is to be secured. Put the rail end's extension (which has a hole in it) between the brace band's flanges. Put the brace band's bolt through the band's flanges and the hole in the rail end, apply the washer and nut, and tighten the nut and bolt with a small wrench to firmly secure the top rail to the post.

9)   If the top rail reaches to the next post down and that post is a line post bearing a loop cap, remove the loop cap, slide it onto the top rail, and replace it on the post, thereby arranging things so that the top rail passes through the loop cap on the post. If the top rail just attached to the post does not reach to the next post down, pass the male end of another top rail pipe through the loop cap on that next post and fit it into the female end of the attached top rail pipe. Proceed in this manner to pass successive top rail pipes through successive loop caps until you come to a corner, end, or gate post bearing one or two brace bands. Estimate very carefully where the last incoming top rail pipe will need to be cut in order for it to fit fully into a rail end and in order for the hole in the rail end to match perfectly or nearly perfectly with the hole in the brace band's flanges.

10)  Now cut the top rail at that point with a hack saw (best done by first placing the top rail in a vise). Use a file to remove any burs from the cut ends. Set the rail end fully onto the top rail pipe and make sure that when this pipe is inserted into the rest of the pipes in line the rail end's hole matches up with the holes in the brace band's flanges. Then remove the top rail pipe, placing it on the ground, set the rail end fully onto it, and attach the rail end to the pipe with an electric drill and self-tapping screw. Finally, set this top rail pipe onto the rest of the pipes in line, put the rail end's tip between the brace band's flanges, apply the brace band's bolt, washer, and nut, and tighten the nut to secure this entire run of top rail to your pool fence.

11)  Use whatever part of the cut pipe is left over to start another run of top rail, and proceed in this manner to place the top rail all around your fence. When you are done, you may find certain corners where the top rail coming in from one side is lower than the top rail coming in from the other. Correct this by turning one or both rail ends (and their attached top rail pipes) 180 degrees. Do that by undoing the nut and bolt holding the top rail pipe to the post, extract the male end of this top rail pipe from the female end of the next pipe, turn the pipe and rail end 180 degrees, replace them in the female pipe end and brace band, and re-tighten the nut and bolt. This will permit you to arrange the two incoming top rail pipes so that they are both coming in to the corner post at the same level.

12)   Starting at a corner post of your choice, unroll the welded wire fencing on the ground just inside the fence line until you come to the next corner, end, or gate. Put something heavy on the fencing to keep if from rolling back up again, and return to the post where you started.

13)  Raise one side of the fencing up to the top of the post. Attach the top horizontal wire of the fencing to the top rail or top support wire with a zip-lock tie, and then attach the first vertical wire to the post at a point near the top of the post, using another zip-lock tie. Then do the same thing at the next post down, arranging things so that the fencing material is taut between the two posts. If it is helpful, use a couple more zip-ties to attach the fencing to the tie wire or top rail at intermediate points between the posts. Now use additional zip-ties to attach the fencing to both posts at roughly 1-foot intervals, proceeding from the top to the bottom of each post and pulling the fencing taut when you are applying the zip-ties to the second post. Finally, use zip-ties to fasten the top of the fencing to the tie-wire or top rail, applying one zip-tie per foot of fence.

14)  Now go one post down and attach the fencing the same way. Then attach the fencing to the top wire or top rail with a couple of ties if this is helpful; attach it the post itself at one-foot intervals, and then attach it to the tie wire or top rail at one-foot intervals.

15)  Repeat step 14 with each line post until you reach a gate opening, an end, or a corner, or until you come to the end of the fence roll.

16)  Gate: If you reach a place where you want to put a gate, proceed across the gate opening with the fencing and continue attaching the fencing to the posts on the other side. After you have finished setting up the fence, open the gate kit and use the gate kit instructions within to install your gate.

17)  End: If you reach a place where the fence ends (because it butts up against a building, wall, or other fence) install a post (if you have not already done so) as close to the building, wall, or fence as possible. Then overlap this post with enough fencing to reach the building, wall, or other fence; attach the fencing to the post; and then attach the fencing to the building, wall, or other fence, using whatever means seem most appropriate.

18)  Corner: If you reach a corner, terminate the fencing with your wire cutter at the last vertical wire that can connect conveniently to the corner post. Attach the fencing to the corner post as above, using zip-lock ties. Before starting a new run of fencing, as in steps 12 and 13 above, cut off all short protruding lengths of horizontal wire on the remaining roll of fencing with your wire cutter.

19)  Grade changes: Should you come to a place along the fence line where the grade changes, place a post at the point with the greatest apparent change, terminate the fencing at that point by cutting it with a wire cutter (after attaching it to the post) and start a new run of fencing that follows the new grade.

20)  Continue as in steps 12 through 21 above until you come back to where you started, joining the last part of the fencing to the outside of the corner post where you started using the techniques described above. Put any gate in place using the installation instructions provided with the gate. Finally, install your ground stakes evenly around the fence bottom, making sure that the fencing reaches the ground all along the fence line. Should the ground be uneven, leaving significant openings at the bottom of the fence, fill these openings with soil, tamp the soil down well. Your fence is now complete.


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