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HOW TO INSTALL A FLEXIBLE FENCE ON A SLOPE?

Jan 24

On sloping ground, it may seem difficult to install flexible mesh. However, it remains possible to delimit the space without incurring excessive work. The most important thing is to follow the recommendations for installing a fence before adapting to the possible difficulties of the slope. The mesh most suitable for this type of configuration is the simple twist mesh because, as its name suggests, the meshes are twisted and therefore easier to adapt.

Step 1: Install the support posts

As with any fence installation, on sloping ground or not, you must first plan its location. 

  • To visually identify its location, you will use a rope placed on the ground to delimit the location of the future fence. This will let you know which direction you are going;
  • Next, you will indicate the location of the posts. Place a stake, first in each corner, then make marks all along the edges, spacing them 2.50 m apart on average;
  • You can finally position the posts in the ground. Dig holes that will allow you to sink them 40cm to 50cm. Provide holes 40 cm in diameter and 50 cm deep for the starting, corner, and intermediate posts. Attention is necessary to put a support leg at the start, two in the angles, two additional every 25ml, and one at the last post of your fence, which will support the efforts of the tension of the tensioning wire;
  • Seal each post and strut with concrete mix, then let dry for a minimum of 24 hours (or as directed on your ready-mixed concrete bag).

Step 2: prepare the tension of the fence

Since we are talking about flexible mesh in a roll, you must do what is necessary to keep it taut. For this, you will use tension wires. 

  • Start from the end stakes, and place tensioners 20 cm from them with a tension wire. You will insert in these tensioners a first tension wire, which will pass through the holes of the intermediate poles and be fixed to the following tension poles. Depending on the height chosen for your fence, provide a tension wire every 50 cm from the ground;
  • Then, tension each tension wire with the tensioner and the spanner up to the sag limit. It is necessary to start with the bottom threads.

Step 3: lay the mesh.

Before laying your netting with welded mesh or a simple twist, you will spread it on the ground and thread a tension bar in the first mesh. This will be attached to the corner post of the start using the tension wire.

You can then gradually straighten the flexible mesh. First, you will staple it to the highest tension thread, then stretch it over its entire surface.

The trick is to work gradually, attaching the mesh to the different tension threads step by step.

Our tips: the specificities of sloping ground 

Laying a flexible fence on the sloping ground requires a little more adaptation than on the straight ground. The advantage of the simple torsion fence is precisely to allow it to adapt to all-terrain configurations. 

However, the main thing is that the posts remain vertical and at the same height relative to each other.

  • If the slope is slight, the stitches will remain almost straight and undeformed;
  • On a steep slope, the meshes being twisted, will adapt perfectly by deforming slightly;
  • On a very uneven slope, with significant distinctions from one zone to another, the work must, on the other hand, be done on stairs: each portion (or step) being independent of the others. 

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