PRODUCTS: ZIP-LOCK TIES AND U-NAILS FOR ALL DEER FENCES
Fence staples, also known as U-nails (item 17-01) have the body of a nail bent into the shape of a “U” and pointed on both ends. They serve to attach all types of deer fencing to trees and wood posts. Figure on using about five U-nails per tree or post. For more information see Installation: Attaching Deer Fence to Trees and Wooden Posts.
Zip-Lock Ties: Nylon Ties and Puller-Cutter
We offer two kinds of zip-lock ties, both black. One is made of nylon with a UV barrier, while the other is made of stainless steel.
Our smallest nylon ties (item 17-03) have a 40-pound breaking strength and will last out in the sun for a year or less. They are not recommended for permanent fencing, being better-suited to seasonal fencing and other tasks. The heavier nylon ties (items 17-04 and 17-06) have a breaking strength of 120 pounds, come in both 8-inch and 14-inch lengths, and are suitable for attaching deer fencing to metal posts. Use the 8-inch ties (about 5 per post if your fence is 7 feet tall) for attaching polypropylene or metal hexagrid deer fencing to angle-iron posts or T-posts. You can also use the 8-inchers to attach fencing to 1-5/8 inch round metal posts, but in many cases you won't have much length to spare. So, if you want to ensure plenty of length, use the 14-inch ties (6 or 7 per post) for attaching the fencing to round metal posts, being sure to run one of them under the brace band bolt at the top of the post. To apply welded wire fencing use about 5 ties per post for the 6-foot fencing and 7 ties per post for the 8-foot fencing. A puller-cutter (item 17-08) is useful for making these nylon ties tight on round posts.
Zip-Lock Ties: Stainless Steel Ties and Puller-Cutter
A problem with the heavy nylon ties is their expected life of 5 to 6 years, which creates a need for periodic replacement. This can be avoided by using black stainless steel zip-lock ties (items 17-11 and 17-12), which are more expensive, but which can be expected to last the life of your fence. Since a 500-foot deer fence with round posts needs only about 200 zip-lock ties for post attachment, these steel ties' longevity makes them quite attractive. Use the 8-inchers (about 5 per post) for attaching deer fencing to angle-iron posts and T-posts. You can also use them on round posts, but the fit may be a little tight, so use either them or the 14-inchers (6 or 7 per post) for attaching the fencing to round posts. These ties are not recommended for attaching one section of fencing to another or for attaching fencing to monofilament line because they can only be closed into a small circle and will not close completely.
While the puller-cutter used with these steel ties (item 17-13) will save a significant amount of installation time, it is not an absolute necessity, because the ties can be manually tightened, and with a little difficulty the tails of the fastened ties can be removed with tin snips.