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5 Tips for Building a Barbed Wire Fence

If you have cattle or other large livestock on your ranch, you will likely need to construct a barbed wire fence to keep them safe. While there are many types of wire fencing available, barbed wire is a great choice for cattle due to the relatively low purchase cost and the reliability it can provide. As a leading provider of barbed wire fencing for farms and ranches of all sizes, the team at Edge Line Products knows how effective a well-constructed barbed wire fence can be for every operation. That is why we have compiled a list of 5 tips for building a barbed wire fence to help you get the job done right and ensure lasting livestock safety for years to come.

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5 Barbed Wire Fencing Tips

When constructing a barbed wire fence, it is crucial to:

1. Be Mindful of Safety

Whenever you are working with barbed wire, it is crucial to ensure that you are sufficiently protected from lacerations and other injuries. Before handling barbed wire, be sure to put on protective clothing such as a thick jacket, boots, gloves, and eye protection. This will help to minimize the risk of injury while ensuring that you have enough mobility to get the job done right.

2. Use the Right Tools

In addition to safety equipment, you will need to ensure that you have the required tools for building a barbed wire fence. These tools include:

  • Post hole diggers
  • Tamping bars
  • Shovels
  • Fence pliers
  • Fence stretchers
  • Wire grips
  • Hammers

3. Consider the Terrain

The terrain you are building on should be a primary concern when constructing a fence. First, walk the fence line and study the type of terrain you will be working with. While you can typically build a barbed wire fence on any type of terrain, understanding how level (or unlevel) the surface is will help you determine how much bracing you need.

4. Think About Your Posts

Posts are a crucial element of every fence. To ensure that your posts are properly installed, you will need to consider which type of posts to use, how tall they should be, and how far apart they should be. If you are using high-tensile barbed wire and plan to use stays (steel wires that lie vertically over your barbed wire strands), you can place your posts as far as 20 to 30 ft apart. If you are using standard barbed wire, however, you should place your posts no more than 12 ft apart to ensure optimal structural support.

5. Consider the Tension of the Wire

Once you have placed your braces, installed your posts, run your wires, and secured your stays, you will need to ensure that your fence has the proper amount of tension. In most cases, barbed wire needs enough tension to stay straight between posts, but not so much that it vibrates when struck. When tightening the wire for your fence, be sure to take it slow to reduce the risk of overtightening.

To learn more about our selection of barbed wire fencing or to inquire about our other products, get in touch with the team at Edge Line Products. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products.

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