Step 8: Poly Deer Fence Installation
- Place the poly fence roll at the starting location/post and keep the fence facing in towards the area that is being fenced off. This is the best way for the poly fence to be run out, since it has been rolled back the other way during manufacturing. Hold the fence roll up onto the starting post and fasten at the middle of the fence onto the post using a cable tie.
- Keep about 3-4 mesh blocks of extra fence past the post for a proper fence install. Begin to spin out the fence roll. The fence roll can hit the ground while being spun out down the fence line to the next post. Only run out the fence in a straight line for the entire 100’ roll length without cutting if there are no hills, hard turns and or corners in the fence line. For best results, use our cut and reattach method for turns and hills so that the fence follows the contour of the terrain
- At every post, as the fence is being run out,fasten the top of the poly fence to the upper heavy duty cable. Do this pretty close to each post to help keep the fence in an upright position during the tightening process. If the fence does not reach a post when the roll runs out, either cut it off at the previous post and use the scraps for gates and or tightening procedures and or run it all the way out and fasten it to the top cable and middle cable and metal fence .
- At this point, continue to run out the poly fence by either attaching it to the last post that the fence ended on, or by fastening the fence at the point where which the poly fence ran out(here use all hog rings and keep the new fence section level and in line with the ending fence section).
- Finish the poly fence all the way until reaching the ending post/location. It is very important to have the starting/gate/corner/ending posts braced and level before the final tightening of the poly fence. It is now time to begin stretching and tightening the poly fence. Go down one side of the fence line and making sure all of the cut and reattach sections are hog ringed together properly(keep the angles right here and do not over tighten yet). Go back down this side and fasten the fence to the top cable about every foot or so with the hog ring gun. Do not get to close to the posts when fastening(a couple inches away will do). Go to the other side of the fence line and begin the same process over again. This time tighten more, keep the fence line appropriate with the metal fence(make sure it is not to high above the metal fence to attach back into). Go back down the fence line again and fasten the poly fence to the metal fence/middle cable with the hog ring gun. Fasten at 6-10” intervals for best results.
- Remember, when installing fence, to eliminate any weakness in the fence line especially in the area between the metal and poly fence. For the tightest fence, pull down some what hard on the poly fence when fastening it into the metal fence. Do not leave any large openings between the fences. If there is an area where the two fences do not match up, use some extra poly fence to hog ring the sections together. Now go over the fence to check all of the processes that were just done. Make sure there is good tension both vertically and horizontally on the fence. Check to see if all cables have been fastened to the fence. Look to see if any posts have shifted and may need add. bottom bracing. Once satisfied, go on to the final special install procedures. They are double bonding and end wraps. We suggest doing the end wraps first. Locate the extra sections of fence left at the starting/termination/gate posts.
- Pull this section of fence around the post and fasten the fence back onto the fence with the hog ring gun. At this time, tighten as much as possible, just do not over do it and pull a post off of line. The fence works best if it is about 95% tight. Leave a little flex in the fence in case it gets hit by a
- startled deer.
- Finish off all of the termination posts with this end wrap technique. Now start on the double bond method. Check to see how many posts in the fence line have an outside turn where the fence is being pulled off of the support post back towards the outside. Count these up.
- Also count the number of posts that do not have the cut and reattach method used on them and divide this number in half. Add these two numbers
- together. This gives the number of extra fence pieces needed to be cut for this process.Take the number and use some extra fence(scraps/ends) and cut sections of this fence into pieces that are roughly 5-6 mesh sections wide. Each one of these sections will be used on the posts with outside turns and every other post without cut and reattach method.
- These fence sections should be laid out on the sides of the posts that do not have fence on them(these are the posts you had counted up for this method)
- Simply install /fasten these sections on the fence posts clean side by overlapping the pieces by 2-3 mesh sections on each side of the post(picture). Use the hog ring guns here and fasten with the clips up the one side of the fence/post about every other mesh opening. Now pull from the other side on the fence section straight across from where the other clip holds the other side of the fence. Do not be afraid to pull this tight . This creates a superior bond over the fence post and insures that the fence will remain tight even after the UV cable ties have lost their strength. Go back and check to see if any other posts could use the double bond method.
- Get ready to install the ground re bar stakes(if they are kinked ground stakes use the same process). Take and lay out a stake between every post that has a spacing of over 8’ or so. Also, lay out stakes in an area where there may be heavy deer traffic. Use the ground stake mini sledge and begin to install the stakes. Install them from the outside into the fence line and do not over tighten into the ground. It is okay to keep the stake in the second mesh section of the metal fence as long as the stake is tight and does not pull the fence down too much. Go over the fence line to check for any spots that may have been missed.
- Remember to think like a deer as they want to go under and through before they go over.
- Periodic tightening can be done if needed by using ties/hog ring clips.
- Always check the fence line after heavy storms. A damaged section of fence can easily be repaired by taking extra fence and fastening back into/over the damaged area. We recommend having some extra fence on hand, especially the poly fence . Tree damage is the most often issue with the fence, so repair situations mainly involve the top poly section of the fence. It is also good to keep a few extra ground stakes on hand, cable, and fastening items. If a post ever becomes bent, it always can be bent back into place by holding the bottom steady and pushing the top of the post back into place. If a tree should happen to bend a post beyond use an extra post can always be added in its place. Generally with this system the reverse sleeve would just need to be bent back into place, in the worst case scenario a new sleeve would need to be installed.
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