Originally Posted by Saddlebag
I wound up going with the 50". Since the fellow who picked it up for me will be heading back, I can get more panels if needed. Thanks to today's weather I am not wading thro deep slush while it's raining to have a look-see. I appreciate everyone's input. Anyone wanna come help me put it up?
Oh darn, I'm too far away... When you go to put it up, measure out your panels to get the true size. It is likely not exactly 50 feet, but probably somewhere between 48 and 52 depending upon the size of the gate and the connecting distance between panels. Once you know the circumference, work backwards to find the diameter / radius and put a stake in the ground where you want the centre to be. Use a rope the length of the radius to measure out to the middle at the bottom of each of your panels and then lay out the panels in a flower shape. You can adjust them so that when they stand they will fit nicely. Once you have them set, put them up on end afterwards.
I've set my round pen up twice in two different locations. The first time, I didn't go to the effort of measuring carefully (I assumed 50 feet exactly) and ended up with an awkward shape and had trouble getting the last two panels to connect. They were only about 10" apart, but moving the whole pen to get that last connection was a huge pain. The second time I measured everything carefully and it went up like a charm.