PLANNING: CHOOSE YOUR POST ACCESSORIES, TOOLS, AND BRACES
Planning Your Deer Fence: Introduction
Post Accessories, Tools, and Braces
Support Lines and Gear
Post Attachers (Zip-ties and U-nails)
Stakes and Flags
Gates and Grates
Completing your Deer Fence Plan
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Post Accessories and Tools
If you are getting round metal deer fence posts, prevent your fencing from sliding down the posts by getting a brace band for each round post (these brace bands come in bundles of 8).
If you are using round posts with drive sleeves, get one drive cap for every 20 posts to be installed. If you are using angle-iron posts or round metal posts without sleeves, get a manual post driver.
Also consider getting a digging bar. This is very handy for proving your post or sleeve has a clear path downward. If you only need to go 2 feet down we offer a 4-foot digging bar that is less expensive and better suited to the purpose of creating holes 2 feet deep than those you will find available locally. However, if you need to go deeper than 2 feet you should get a 5 or 6-foot bar available locally for more money.
If you need it, use some kind of fence bracing to counter possible sideways stress caused by snow loads, falling tree limbs, and deer impacts. If you figure these things will not be a problem, especially if you live in the South or West or you have a very short fence, you may decide to forego bracing. Otherwise, foregoing bracing will be risky.
We tend to prefer earth anchors over brace posts because earth anchors are affordable, inconspicuous, and effective. for a detailed account on the pros and cons of earth anchors and brace posts see Deer Fence Options: Fence Braces.
If you decide to use brace posts, note that they are sold in pairs. Get one pair of corner braces for every two corners on your fence, one pair of end/gate braces for each gate, and one pair of end/gate braces for every two ends (places where the fence will terminate at a building, wall, or other fence).
If you opt for earth anchors, you can avoid having any cables hanging off the fence line by positioning two earth anchors per corner as shown in the lower left part of the diagram below. Using this approach, plan on installing two earth anchors per corner, two per gate opening, and one per end. Then get 100 feet of 12.5-gauge high-tensile wire (offered right next to the earth anchors) for every 8 earth anchors.