beautifully frames your property,
and keeps your horses safe and secure .
installation is a reflection of the pride you have in your property. Surround
yourself with a secure and attractive fence that looks like a million. You'll
find that since woven wire is one of the easiest fence styles to put up, you can
confidently say "I installed it myself". This eye catching
appearance is made possible by the Equi-Tee adapter. A permanent
fence demands strong anchor posts and H-bracing to keep the wire tensioned.
Careful post spacing and accurate post lengths and heights are required to mount
the top rail. You may need to cut the tops of the posts to assure that the rail
will follow the wire evenly. Once you've put up the first hundred feet you'll be hooked on its
simplicity, and thrilled at the sight of your installation.
Tips and FAQ's
If this is your first
fence installation we can suggest an excellent book titled Fences for Pasture and Garden, written by
Gail Damerow, available through Storey
Books . It will give you some guidance on evaluating which materials and tools are
How is the
How the top is held to the post? In this
photo we can see how the Post Cover, the Post
Clip, and the Clip-Top all work together to
securely fasten the adapter to the T Post. If 2"X4" non-climb is
used the Post Clip is usually positioned between the squares of the fence.
Occasionally the wire knots must be clipped to allow the horizontal wires to be
repositioned so there is more room.
How do I get the vinyl even on the posts?
A visually pleasing vinyl sight line is actually pretty
simple to achieve.
easiest way to do this is to install each tee post so that there is at least 1
1/4 inch of post ABOVE the top horizontal wire of the fence. If you are
using Red Brand fencing, this is the red top wire. If the post is more
than 2-1/2 inches above the wire, it must be cut off off or the cap will ride up
above the wire and this will cause the vinyl to look uneven. We use a
metal cutting bandsaw, but a Sawsall or cutoff wheel can also be used. When you
are installing the wire, if all the horizontal wires follow the lay of the land
and the fence looks visually nice, then by cutting the t posts evenly above the
wire will make the sight line look good as well!
What do I do on
hills and slopes?
If you can install field fence on a slope,
you can install our adapter and a vinyl sight line. A slope of up to six degrees
can be installed without any modification of the adapter. The rails may
need to be cut to an 8 foot length at each t post so that they can follow
the slope. If the slope is extreme, (up to 25 degrees), and the posts are
perpendicular to the horizon (like in the photo), then the adapters must then be
notched so there is enough room for the rail to be at an angle, and there will
be a step at each post.. Because the wire is at an angle to the post, the
t-post will need to be much longer to allow for the bias of the wire.
If your t-posts will be perpendicular to the slope and the wire, then the
adapters will be installed normally and the rails will feed straight through.
What do I do at
Usually there are anchor posts (H-braces) at each of the corners to
hold the field fence in tension.
Install an extra T-post and adapter next to the wooden anchor post and slide the top
rail through the adapter until it touches the post.
keep the wire tight?
Use a ratchet to stretch the diagonal tension wire. We have
found that the smooth wire ratchets work exceptionally well in holding the
two posts of the H brace together. Additionally there is no loop
of wire to catch your horses hoof.
How do I attach the wire
to the post?
you need to attach the wire to the post, un-strand the vertical wires by cutting
the knots away from the horizontal wires. Starting at the center of the
mesh, wrap the wire around the post and then tie the wire back to itself
by winding it round
Starting at the center of the mesh insures that by the time you reach the outer
(last) wires, the strain of the stretching is taken up by the wires you have
previously wrapped. That way you can safely cut the wires that you are
pulling against without the fence loosening.
Alternate method to trim the T posts to
some cases it is preferable to trim all the -posts to length before installing
them. This is useful on ground that is totally flat, and where all the
t-posts will be installed to the same depth. To establish the trim length, first determine where
the lower clip will mount. In this cutaway photo you can see how the
top of the post nests fully into the post cap. The post clip is also in
the lower portion of its slot. Usually this measurement is
between 5-1/2" and 5-3/4 inches from the top of the t-post. This configuration will
prevent the top PVC rail from popping off the top of the T-post. We
measure from the
clip and to the top of the post and this measurement must be the same from post to post.
In this photo you can see that different post brands have various
spacing between their nubs (painted orange). The number and spacing of
the nubs is not important.
However, it is necessary to make sure that all
of the posts are trimmed the same
length equally 5.1/2" above where the post clip
mounts. The dimension from the top of the post top of the clip cannot exceed 5-3/4 inches!
To find where to trim YOUR posts, snap the clip 4 to 5 spaces from the top of
the post. Measure up 5 1/2 inches. The is the ideal height above the
little nub sticking out of the t post. Trim all the posts to this same
measurement above the nub and the adapter will fit perfectly.
you are considering a large installation, please
sample from us and give us a call to discuss any questions you might
have about trimming the tops of the posts.