OPTIONS: FENCE posts and spacing
Dog Fence Options: Introduction and Fence Types
Fence Posts and Post Spacing
Digging Barriers and Braces
Post Tools and Footings
Top Rails and Top Support Lines
Zip-ties and U-nails
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Selecting and Spacing Fence Posts
Posts are a major dog fence component. Whatever the type used, the distances between them should be in the range of 10 to 15 feet.Wood Posts: The most suitable wooden posts are ressure-treated 4 x 4s or 5-6-inch rounds. These should be installed at least 2 feet deep for fences up to 4 feet tall and at least 3 feet deep for taller fences. These posts need to go below the frost line if that is deeper. Wooden posts are generally about the same price or a bit less than comparable metal dog fence posts. However, they are more visible than the metal posts, very expensive to ship, and time-consuming to sink into the ground.
Metal Posts: We offer black pvc-coated round steel posts with caps that are long-lived, good-looking, and well-suited to residential and estate settings. One can equally well use steel T-posts or U-posts, which cost less; but these tend to look poorly, and so any reduction in cost is over-matched by the fence's changed appearance. Our 1-3/8 and 1-5/8 inch posts are galvanized under their black pvc finish, so they are maintenance-free and will not rust. They also hold the ground well and look attractive in a suburban setting. Plan on putting these posts 2 feet into the ground.
Round Metal Posts with Drive Sleeves: These posts with sleeves are a bit more expensive than round metal posts alone, and they work differently. That is, they come with drive sleeves that get fitted with a heavy metal drive cap (to prevent damaging the sleeve) and then get driven into the ground with a sledge hammer. A round black galvanized and pvc-coated metal post then fits tightly into the sleeve. Advantages: The sleeves grip the ground a bit better than the round metal post without a sleeve; no manual post driver or post-hole digger is needed to install the sleeves; and the posts and fencing can be taken up seasonally or can be taken up and reinstalled elsewhere on other sleeves. Disadvantages: the posts with sleeves cost more than those without sleeves; and they're are harder than the regular posts to install straight in soil with roots or rocks.Brace bands: Be sure to get brace bands (sold in bundles of 8) for any round metal posts that you select. These bands prevent the fencing from sliding down the posts by providing an anchor point for a zip-lock tie at the top of the fence. The general rule is to have one brace band per post, but this does not have to be rigidly observed. (A few posts without brace bands will make no difference.)