How to Build a Barbed Wire Fence

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Many farmers and ranchers construct barbed wire fences on their property to keep livestock in and unwelcome guests out. Constructing a barbed wire fence is not a difficult undertaking; however, you must use caution, as barbed wire is extremely sharp. To erect a barbed wire fence on your property, here a few suggestions to follow.

Things You'll Need

  • Orange spray paint
  • Post hole digger
  • End posts cut to desired height
  • Line posts cut to desired height
  • Crushed stone
  • Spools of barbed wire
  • Mark an "E" on the ground with orange spray paint at the location of each end post. A general rule of thumb is to place each end post within at least 50 feet of the next one. Mark an "L" for each line post to be placed. These will be sited every ten feet between the end posts.

  • Use a post hole digger to dig a hole 3 feet deep for end posts, 2 feet deep for line posts and large enough in diameter to allow your posts to fit completely inside. Set your posts in the holes and fill any openings around the posts with the dirt exhumed when digging the holes.

  • Pour crushed stone down around the base of each fence post to provide extra stability.

  • Secure the barbed wire to the end post using heavy-duty wood staples from a staple gun. The wire should be located 1 foot above the ground. Run the length of the wire to the first line post and secure again with a staple. Repeat this process until the length of wire is strung to each post. Make sure that the wire is pulled taut and is not allowed to sag in any areas.

  • Staple lengths of wire in 2-, 3- and 4-foot height increments above the ground, repeating the process from Step 4.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear thick gloves when working with barbed wire. You are bound to get a few nicks and scratches, but wearing gloves will decrease the severity.

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