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How to Plan and DIY My Welded Wire Fence

May. 30, 2022

The fear of predators breaking through your fence and hurting what you love may be enough to stop you from pursuing your passion. Welded wire fences are often used to protect livestock or vegetables from rabbits, foxes and wolves. You want to make sure the fence is secure so that nothing can damage it or get over it. Find out which materials and methods can help you succeed.


Planning a welded wire fence

The first step in building a welded wire fence is to decide where you want it to be. Use stakes or spray paint to mark where you plan to build the fence by laying out the perimeter. Determine the location of the fence corners and then decide on any additional posts you want. Additional posts are usually about eight feet apart. If you are going to include a gate, mark it as well. The gate should be wide enough to allow at least a unicycle to pass through.


 BRC Roll Top Fence

BRC Roll Top Fence


Digging Fence Posts

Use a post hole excavator to dig post holes 1/3 the length of the post or about 2 feet deep. You should fill the bottom of the hole with gravel to help drainage and prevent dry rot; otherwise, moisture may accumulate and cause mold to rot the bottom of the wood post. A sledgehammer will help you wedge the post deeper into the ground. Add concrete for a stronger and longer lasting hold.


Dig a trench

To prevent anything from going through your fence, you'll want the whole thing to partially go underground. You can do this by digging a trench to bury part of the fence. Use a shovel to dig out a portion of the ground between each post. The trench should be about a foot deep to contain the fence and prevent creatures from digging underneath it.


3D Fence Panel

3D Fence Panel


Installing the rails

Welded wire fencing can sag, especially on taller fences. You can help prevent bending and sagging by creating cover plates and bottom rails. Create notches in the posts so they interlock with the rails. The bottom rails should be placed about 10 inches from the ground. Or, if the ground is uneven, they should be as close to the ground as possible. The cap rails mark the top of the fence.

To attach the rails, fit them into the slots and mark the locations where the screws are to be installed. Drill pilot holes before completing the connection with square-head screws. A second set of hands is useful for this step.


Installing the welded wire fence

To attach your fence to your posts, lay welded wire or mesh fencing over your posts. Place the professor's fence against the post and keep it level with the railing (if you are using them). Attach your fence to the post or railing using high quality fasteners for welded wire mesh. If you are using regular U-nails and standard fencing nails, you must tap one every three inches or so.


Metal Picket Fence

Metal Picket Fence


Put up a gate

If your fence is used to keep animals inside, you should install a gate. When you mark your design, plan how big your gate will be. Most gates are about thirty-six inches, enough to hold a unicycle. If you plan to carry larger livestock or lawn mowers through, you will need to consider something more extensive.




It's a full day's work to build a proper fence, but the effort is worth it. Your fence will be strong if you plan it properly, bury the posts and fence, use high-quality fasteners to weld the wire, and install the rails. You should also make sure your barbed wire is stretched tight and covers the posts. Familiarize yourself with these tips on how to build welded wire fences, and you'll be ready for success. Contact ZERUN to buy the fences you need, we offer more specific installing methods.




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