HOW TO INSTALL A McGREGOR DEER FENCE: JOINING THE FENCE SECTIONS
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Joining the Deer Fence Sections
Sections of polypropylene or welded wire fencing can be joined together with zip-lock ties or hog rings. Those using zip-lock ties should use the heavy-duty nylon ties, which have an expected life of about 5 years. (Do not use stainless steel ties for this job, as they will not close tightly enough to securely join the strands of fencing.) Attach zip-lock ties by running them through the fence grids to be joined and then pulling them moderately tight. Attach enough of these ties to firmly join the two sections and also to resist the stresses likely to be encountered from wind, rain, snow, and deer.
Hog-ring (circular) staples offer a good alternative to zip-lock ties when you are joining two fence sections (and also when you are attaching fencing to monofilament lines or to a metal hexagrid skirt). Hog rings are metal staple-like clips that form a closed circle and are applied with a hog-ring stapler. We recommend using the less expensive stapler if you plan to apply 800 staples or less, and using the more expensive stapler if you plan to apply over 800 staples.
Happily, if you are putting up a metal hexagrid deer fence you need none of these fasteners to join the sections. That’s because the cut ends of the hexagons (like the cut ends of chicken-wire fencing) point outward. These ends, which may be very sharp, can be put through hexagrids on the deer fence section to which they are being joined, and the two sets of outward-pointing ends from both hexagrids can then be twisted back around one another. If done enough times along the seam, this produces a strong long-lasting bond joining the two sections.