HOW TO ATTACH McGREGOR DEER FENCING TO POSTS AND TOP SUPPORT LINES
MIDDLE STEPS, CONTINUED
Attaching the Fencing
Once the monofilament line or tie wire is up and tight, you are ready to attach the fencing. Starting about a foot before a corner post of your choice, unroll the polypropylene or metal deer fencing on the ground just outside the fence line until you come to the next corner, end, or gate, or until you reach the end of the fence roll. Put something heavy on the fencing to keep if from rolling back up again, and return to the post where you started.
Video: Hanging Deer Fencing to Posts and Top Wire
Raise one side of the fencing up to the top of the post. If this is a round fence post with a brace band, attach the fencing (at a point about one foot from the end of the roll) to the brace band's bolt with a zip-lock tie. If it is an angle-iron post put the zip-tie through the top hole in the angle-iron post. If it is a wood post or tree nail the deer fencing to a point an inch or so from the top of the post (or to an appropriate point on the tree) with a 1.25-inch u-nail (for a wood post) or a 2-inch u-nail (for a tree). If you are using u-nails, hammer each one in about four-fifths of the way, leaving enough room for the fencing to move.
Except in the case of welded wire and elk fencing, which should be flush with the ground, arrange things so that there is roughly 6 inches of extra fencing at the bottom of the post or tree that can be folded outward toward the deer. Then use a couple more zip-ties or u-nails to attach the fencing at intermediate points down the post, leaving at least a couple of inches of the fencing extending back before this initial post.
If you are not installing a top support cable (tie wire or monofilament), proceed as below but skip the part about the cable.
Recall that a top support cable is generally used on all metal hexagrid and welded wire deer fences, on polypropylene deer fences over 500 feet long, and on shorter poly fences where falling branches are likely to pose problems. If you are using a top support cable, attach the top of the deer fencing to it loosely with two zip-ties between each pair of posts or trees, placing one tie about a third of the way between each set of posts and the other about two-thirds of the way between them. Once this is done all along the run of monofilament line or tie wire, tighten the line or tie wire until it runs straight. Then add several more zip-ties or u-nails at the first deer fence post in order to firmly secure the fencing to that post.
Now go to each post in succession, pull the fencing moderately taut (not drum-tight), and apply zip-ties or u-nails to secure the fencing to the posts. Use 5 to 7 zip-ties per post (7 for each round post, 5 for each angle-iron post), 5 short u-nails per post (for wood posts), or 5 long u-nails per post (for trees). If you are using round posts with brace bands, put the top zip-tie through the bolt in the brace band rather than around the post. As before, except with welded wire and elk fences, arrange things so that there is 6 inches of extra fencing material at the bottom all along the fence that can be folded outward toward the deer.
Next, attach the deer fencing to the top support cable with 8-inch heavy-duty zip-lock ties or hog ring staples, applying one tie or staple every foot for a metal fence and every 18 inches for a polypropylene fence. Doing this with zip-lock ties can be quite time-consuming (a hog-ring stapler is much faster), and the ties (if nylon) will need to be replaced about every 5 years. So if you have a long fence it makes sense to invest in a hog-ring stapler and do the job with staples. When you are done, check to ensure that you have enough excess deer fencing on the ground to make a 6-inch bottom fold, and also affirm that the line is not sagging (if it is, tighten it as seems appropriate). You don't need this bottom fold if installing elk or welded wire fencing, but in those cases you need to ensure the fencing is on the ground--and in places where it is not to fill in with soil, fencing, or other material.
If you come to a corner where going around the corner does not change the grade of the fence line, and you wish to go around this corner without splitting the fencing into two sections, if you have light polypropylene or metal hexagrid fencing you can do so. However, it is best to stop at the corner and attach the fencing as described above to every fence post leading up to this corner. Then figure just where the fence will touch the corner post when finished and make a 6 to 8 inch vertical cut in the bottom of the fencing at this point, so that you can take the fencing around the corner while leaving 6 inches at the bottom to fold out toward the deer. Should you find that going around the corner does change the grade of the fence line significantly, proceed as described in the section "Dealing with Grade Changes".