Fence – how many posts should you put up?

Many of us choose a fence mesh when planning a fence for a property. Its advantages can be enumerated for a long time, the most important is undoubtedly the attractive price and easy installation. However, before we buy the necessary materials, the area should be carefully measured and then calculate how many meters of mesh and how many posts will be needed to install. How to do it?

The optimal distance between posts

The recommended distance between the intermediate posts is about 2.5 m. This distance, depending on the needs, can be reduced or increased by half a meter, but 2.5 m is considered the optimal and safest solution. started with the installation of the starting and corner posts: they will determine the most important points of the fence.

Additional support posts

The positioning of the posts plays an important role during the installation of the fence, as it guarantees its stability, durability and determines the sequence of works when erecting the fence. It should be remembered that if the fence is longer than 25 meters, additional support posts with double struts should be installed, spaced just every 25 meters.

Installation of posts

The height of the posts depends on the height of the fence and the method of their installation. If we choose posts embedded in the foundation or concrete, they should be 25-30 cm more than the fence itself. If you plan to dig the posts into the ground, their height should be about 50 cm higher. When installing the mesh on the anchors, which is the fastest and most convenient way, the height of the post should match the height of the fence.

A mesh fence can be a temporary solution, prepared for the installation of a permanent fence or related to its reconstruction or permanent solution, provided, of course, that solid materials are used. It is worth remembering that when installing the mesh, you should give up solutions that will make it impossible to rebuild it in the future. If we plan to replace the mesh with, for example, a clinker fence, we should give up high foundations.

How to fix a fence mesh?

Fence nets are very durable, but precipitation, strong wind, and mechanical damage may permanently damage their structure. Here are some of the most popular wire mesh faults and how to fix them.

Tightening the sagging mesh

To tighten the net, tensioners are used – elements mounted at a distance of several centimeters from the posts with wires or bolts with an eyelet. You will also need 2 tensioning wires for adjustment. Weave them in the upper and lower parts of the mesh, approx. 50 cm apart. The ends of the wires should be placed in the stretchers and then the bolts fixed in them should be turned until the appropriate tension is obtained.

If you have a net without tensioners, you have to tighten it by hand. Sagging sections of the fence should be detached from the posts, then tightened firmly and reattached. The repair will be most efficient in a team of three: two people will stretch the net properly, and the third will immediately attach it to the posts.

Damage to the mesh structure

What to do when the mesh breaks or a hole appears on the surface? Before starting the repair, the extent of the defect should be assessed. Small cavities can be easily filled with a piece of wire and pliers. In case of large damage, it is better to decide to replace the mesh. Repair is no longer profitable here: the fence loses its durability and aesthetics, and the renovation will take more time and costs.

A dusting of galvanized fencing meshes

The most popular material for fencing meshes is galvanized wire. Its factory coating is resistant to weather conditions, but after a few years, it begins to lose its properties. When rust marks appear on the surface of the mesh, it should be restored. The tarnish can be removed mechanically with a wire brush or drill attachment; Liquid rust removers are also available on the market. The cleaned mesh should be covered with two layers of paint: base and finish paint. The painting will protect it against further corrosion.

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Rob Prosser