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    11-16-2012, 09:51 AM
attaching electric poly wire to a vinyl fence. Screws or snap insulator.

I have a vinyl fence that is 2200 feet long with 290 posts. As per suggestions from the wonderful folks on this forum, I am going to supplement the fence with a poly wire electric fence along the top rail.

My concern is screwing the "cheap" plasic insulators into the fence. I have been told that the screws occasionally strip out of the vinyl . The total cost of the cheap insulators is $160.00, and about 5 hours of work. Another advantage I see is that this method has a low profile, and thus would be more attractive (which is a very high priority on my project)

On the other hand, there are these "snap-insulators" that just clip on the rails. Very convenient to install and move from rail to rail if I so choose. The down side is $480.00 and it will mess up the esthetics.

So...... my plan at this point is to either use self-tapping screws (either #6 or #8) with a light torque setting on my drill, OR drill a pilot hole and either use the lowest torque setting on my drill or hand tighten the screws.

Any suggestions or pointers from people who have done this?
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    11-16-2012, 10:47 AM
I just came up with my own idea!

I will use 24 inch white plastic cable ties!

I have green "contsruction web netting" attached to some of my fence to act as "snow fence" with cable ties that has been up for 2 years. By the way, the green netting is hardly noticeable!

This will go FAST, and cost $42.00!
    11-16-2012, 07:34 PM
Green Broke
When you shop for ties see if you have an option for "UV" stable. I ran a hose along a fence line held up with ties and they basically dissolved over a couple years and got very weak and brittle. Might be different brands that are more suitable.
    11-16-2012, 07:39 PM
Green Broke
I just checked graingers, seems all the UV and weather resistant ones are black.
    11-16-2012, 07:58 PM
Green Broke
Wguisbert, I find your projects intriguing. I'm making a special request for photos of same (before and after would be excellent).
    11-16-2012, 09:12 PM

Excelent point! The "snow fence" I attached to the vinyl fence with cable ties is holding up well after 2 far! I am going to go ahead with this approach, and will report back what my results were!

By the way, any opinion on srews into vinyl fence?

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