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post #11 of 31 Old 06-12-2013, 11:34 AM
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You can go 35-40 feet between wooden posts with 2 to 3 t-posts in between, or you can just use wooden posts and space them 12-16 feet apart. Cheaper to use less wooden posts and have t-posts to take up the slack.

Jumbo polywire would probably work, but you'll need to see it's temperature rating.

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You can go 35-40 feet between wooden posts with 2 to 3 t-posts in between, or you can just use wooden posts and space them 12-16 feet apart. Cheaper to use less wooden posts and have t-posts to take up the slack.

Jumbo polywire would probably work, but you'll need to see it's temperature rating.
would wooden posts spaced 20 ft apart work too? I think i'll try out the jumbo polywire then. ;)
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Yes, but I'd put one t-post in the middle between them, just for security purposes. Don't forget the t-post caps, too.

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would fibreglass posts work too?
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Instead of t-posts? Yes. Not in place of wooden posts, though. They're not even tall enough to support the top strand of a 3-strand fence.

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Instead of t-posts? Yes. Not in place of wooden posts, though. They're not even tall enough to support the top strand of a 3-strand fence.
T posts are awfully expensive at our local tractor supply($10-$13 each!) Wood posts are way cheaper.
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I use the 9 strand from Horse.com. It's cheap & conducts a good enough punch to keep the goat out of the baby trees ( 4 strands) its easy to work with & you can put a loop at the end & tension it some. Some places I have 4 strands that are hot, some are 2 & some are just single. We recently purchased property & this is what we are adding to the woven sheep fence & barbed wire that was already there. I love it. It's cheaper from horse.com than it is at my local feed store that carries the same brand & its cheaper than the compared brand at the store too. Even with the "over weight" fee.

If I can get to a computer, then I shall post some pictures. A lot of it is held by temporary posts. The one protecting the baby trees is T posts every (roughly) 40-50ft & has temporary posts in between. (As mentioned, posts are expensive!) The ones I use to divide my pastures for rotation are also on temporary posts & we have some along the top of the livestock fencing so the horses don't reach over.
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Apparently I cannot edit my previous post :(

Here is what I have Powerfields 9 Wire HD Polywire - Horse.com

Here is a picture of it, keeping the goat out :)
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Here is what I have Powerfields 9 Wire HD Polywire - Horse.com

Here is a picture of it, keeping the goat out :)
That looks great! I wanted to get that polywire too. Do you have it as perimiter fencing? I heard that polywire can spark and start fire? How can that be prevented?
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um... yes.

Now, none of this picture is to scale, and the 3 black rectangles are 10x20 barns.

Red is the woven wire livestock fencing. Turquoise is 6 strand barb wire. Those were all pre existing. The blue is 3 (behind the house) or 4 (in the field, which is the goat pic I already posted) strand electric. The purple is either 1 or 2 strands. The square area with the 2 small runs in it @ one barn, that will be our dirt arena. Pretty goo size, though a little smaller than standard. But it's flat, and will be fenced

The brown lines are wood. The large area is the goat area, and the smaller square is the duck/chicken yard

Hope that all made sense.

As for the sparking, I've not had that happen. Just as with any electric current, if metal is too close, it can jump, especially if the area is wet (rain or humidity). I've had no worry of fire. Been around poly wire fencing for about 4 years, and if you include poly tape, then about 7 or 8 years. We just started using the Powerfields in December, when we purchased this property. I had some of a different brand, but I like this better. It's easier to see (black/white, not pale orange/white) and it was cheaper too! But of course, still makes the goat run. A lot has to do with your fencer too though

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