OPTIONS: DEER FENCE SUPPORT LINES
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Top Support for Deer Fences
Monofilament Line Versus Tie Wire. If you're planning a polypropylene deer fence less than 500 feet long that is unthreatened by overhanging branches, you don't need a top support line. you can get one to make your fence look neater, but you don't need it. However, if you're planning a metal hexagrid fence of any length, or a longer poly fence, or a poly fence likely to endure large falling branches, it's a good idea to install a top support line.
We offer two kinds of lines: black pvc-coated 13.5 gauge steel tie wire and thick nylon monofilament that comes in 8 and 11-gauge widths. Well then, which is best? Metal tie wire, it turns out, works best on short fences and on fences going around curves. Here's why: The support line should not go around corners (because of wear caused by movement of the corner posts) or across gate openings. So, if the fence is short, then the length of support line in one "run" along one side of the fence is also short. And if you're using nylon monofilament, each run requires special terminators and a tensioner, while the steel tie wire does not. This makes it preferable to use tie wire on short fences.
Also, if you fence goes around a long curve, using a long run of monofilament line and tensioning that line could cause the line to tilt your posts inward toward the inside of the curve. This won't happen if you use a lot of short manually tightened runs of tie wire--because the short runs will each run practically staight. So here again tie wire is the best option.
However, if you have a lot of long straight runs on the fence, you can allow a monofilament line to run up to 300 feet before being terminated. So in that case manually tightening a lot of short runs of tie wire is less attractive and monofilament line becomes the best choice.
Monofilament Line Tensioners and Terminators: We offer several choices for tensioning (tightening) and terminating monofilament line. These are a circular wire tensioner (a daisy wheel) combined with either oval metal sleeves (applied by means of a crimping tool) or U-bolt cable clamps. Alternatively, one can use gripples, which serve as both terminators and tensioners and are applied with a gripple tool. On a short fence the circular tensioners with U-bolts provide the most economical option, while in general the gripples and gripple tool yield the most elegant result.
Attaching the Line to the Fencing: Regardless of whether you use tie wire or nylon monofilament line, you still need to attach the support line to your fencing. This can be done with hog ring staples (expensive because you need to buy the hog ring tool) or zip-lock ties (inexpensive but time-consuming to apply). In either case you need to apply one staple or zip-tie for every foot of metal hexagrid fencing or every foot-and-a-half of polypropylene fencing. In general, it is best to use our strong 8-inch zip-ties for this job when you don't need to apply more than about 200. On longer fences the time required to apply the zip ties makes the much faster hog ring stapler cost-effective.
If you're considering a hog-ring stapler, we offer two. One, which has a conspicuous red handle, is less expensive if you don't need over a thousand staples. The other, which has a black handle, is better for longer jobs because its staples come in packs of 2,500 that staple-for-staple are less expensive.