Topband: Supporting Ladder line
vk3hj_luke at barefoothorse.com.au
Sun Jan 7 08:59:27 EST 2018
I'm in the process of setting up three switched two-direction Beverages.
Since September, I have had a standard Beverage up with good results.
These are all 268 metres and use a pair of 2.5 mm diameter galvanised high
tensile steel wires. This cost me about $170 for a 1500 metre coil.
Supports are 40 - 60 metres apart and use a pair of screw-in electric fence
insulators, which let the wire slide. Wires are spaced about 40 mm, but so
far I haven't bothered with intermediate spacers, as the wires seem to
remain at that spacing even in the wind. I have mainly used treated pine
poles to support the wires, but some places I have supported on trees. In
the case of tree support, I have used a long coach screw with a pair of
round porcelain electric fence insulators side-by-side. These give the
required spacing, and the wire remains in place with a tie wire.
I tensioned the wires using a fencing strainer.
Wires are mostly at about 3 metres so the horses and I can walk under them,
and are raised to 4-5 metres over laneways in case a fire truck needs to
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