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Old 02-18-2008, 01:01 PM
 
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I am going to put up a 650 fr run of horse fence. It will be "no climb" wire. the posts 8 ft on center, with a PT 1x6x16 board on top.

The run has one right angle turn and instead of having a 90 degree corner I would like to have the fence gradually curve around the turn.

I have never curved this type of fence before.

How do you lay out the curve?

How do you stretch the wire on the posts on the curve without pulling them off plumb?

Any experienced ideas or good DIY links on this matter will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-24-2008, 06:24 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Try asking a local fence contractor...any Long Fence co in your area???
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Old 02-26-2008, 06:34 AM
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Well........ I've never done a radius with non climb wire... that stuff is hard to pull straight. Just shooting from the hip... I'd go ahead and do my right angle and then radius the inside so I would have enough support when you pull the wire. I wouldn't pull the radius very tight... and I'd rely on the top rail and larger posts (4") for additional strength on the radius. Another consideration would be using electric ribbon fence in the corners. I guess since I don't know why your doing a radius... it maybe hard to give any advise.

To get your curve, set a post or a stake in the ground use a string to get your arch from your fixed position... then use a can of marker spray paint to mark your holes.


How long will the radius be? are you talking a short radius (20') or long (40'). The longer the radius the less support you will need. I'd also use a 2x6x16 for my top rail for the radius. If the bend is really tight use 2- 1x6x16 and put one up at a time and then screw them together or use carriage bolts.
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Old 02-28-2008, 08:55 AM
 
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Well........ I've never done a radius with non climb wire... that stuff is hard to pull straight. Just shooting from the hip... I'd go ahead and do my right angle and then radius the inside so I would have enough support when you pull the wire. I wouldn't pull the radius very tight... and I'd rely on the top rail and larger posts (4") for additional strength on the radius. Another consideration would be using electric ribbon fence in the corners. I guess since I don't know why your doing a radius... it maybe hard to give any advise.

To get your curve, set a post or a stake in the ground use a string to get your arch from your fixed position... then use a can of marker spray paint to mark your holes.


How long will the radius be? are you talking a short radius (20') or long (40'). The longer the radius the less support you will need. I'd also use a 2x6x16 for my top rail for the radius. If the bend is really tight use 2- 1x6x16 and put one up at a time and then screw them together or use carriage bolts.
Thanks! Good advice.

I may not go with the curve though due to the non climb wire, but may cut the corner and change the right angle turn to a hypoteneuse corner. That will give me more room for the homesite and still avoid that corner of the pasture jutting into part of the front yard.
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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It's been a while, but I have installed a few horse fences. Wire fencing is never a good choice for radiuses. Here in Florida we used no-climb wire on steel or concrete posts, but always capped the wire fence with wood or steel railings. No horse fence should have anything but smooth top rails. A cheap alternative was to make concrete posts and leave notches for concrete rails. One horse fence (still standing) was made like this and the other sections were reused chain-link fence with a PVC pipe split and set over the chain link, tie wrapped on.
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