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Zip-ties and U-nails
Attaching Fencing to Posts: If you are using wood posts, plan on attaching the fencing to each post with 1.25-inch U-nails, using about 1 u-nail per foot of post. If you are using metal posts, plan on attaching the fencing to each post with one zip-lock tie per foot. Use either strong black nylon zip-ties or black stainless steel zip-ties for this purpose. The nylon ties are much less expensive and will typically last 5 or 6 years, while the stainless steel ties will last the life of the fence. If you are using nylon ties with our 1-5/8 inch round metal posts it's best to use our 14-inch zip-lock ties rather than the 8-inchers because the ties don't start to grip until 2 inches have passed through the gripping box. You can use the 8-inch stainless steel ties comfortably, because they do not suffer from this drawback.
You may wish to get a puller-cutter for applying the zip-lock ties, but this is not a necessity. If you get the puller-cutter for the stainless steel ties and are attaching them to round posts, it is advisable to get the 14-inch stainless steel ties instead of the 8-inchers for ease of application.
Attaching Metal Mesh to Wooden and Metal Fences: If you are attaching metal mesh to a split-rail fence, it's best to attach the mesh to the side of the fence toward your dog and to fold down enough material at the bottom to create an effective digging barrier and to stake it down with ground stakes. Plan on attaching the mesh to the posts with 1.25-inch U-nails, using about 1 U-nail per foot of post and putting a few extra U-nails into the split rails of they come close to the mesh and if this step seems likely to make the fence stronger.
If you are attaching metal mesh to the bottom of a stockade fence, use 1.25-inch U-nails to attach the fence boards and posts to the mesh on the side of the fence toward the dog, and make sure there is enough material at the bottom to fold out (again toward the dog) to create an effective digging barrier that can then be staked down with ground stakes.
If you wish to use one of our digging barrier kits for this purpose, you will need neither ground stakes nor U-nails, because these kits come with everything you need.
If you are attaching metal mesh or a digging barrier to the bottom of a metal hexagrid, welded wire, or chain link fence, use strong 8-inch zip-lock ties to attach the fencing to the mesh on the side facing toward the dog, employing about 1 zip-tie per foot of fence. and arranging things so that the mesh is stretched tight against the fence. As above, make sure there is enough material at the bottom to fold outward toward the dog and create an effective staked-down digging barrier. If you are using one of our digging barrier kits, you should need no zip-ties or ground stakes beyond those included in the kit.
Should you wish to create an anti-chewing barrier on the bottom portion of a polypropylene fence, use a wide strip of metal hexagrid fencing--sufficiently wide to get far enough up the fence to discourage your pet from chewing through the poly and in addition wide enough to create an appropriate anti-digging barrier at the bottom in case your pet decides to dig.