The previous post introduced the fencing project for the newly acquired land expanding the Painted Pony Resort to 316 acres (half a section). While the owner was in residence we laid out the fence lines and pulled the bottom wire along the 1.5 miles of proposed fence line and placed 0.25 miles of t-posts. Since then the project moved forward with myself placing t-posts, end posts, gates, and wire. The procedure established to install the fence was:
1. Locate boundary markers placed by the surveyor. Required GPS (Google Earth was a great help in establishing possible locations of markers and the route of the fence line) and a telescope to locate markers.
3. Remove trees and large brush along route.
4. Layout bottom wire along the route.
5. Tension lower strand using a come-along with a wire grab and temporary end posts.
6. Straighten wire along the route by removing low brush and rocks.
7. Drive T-posts every 20 ft. Measure distance with 2 lengths of rigid plastic electrical conduit.
8. Place permanent end posts where necessary, at gate locations, and corners.
9. Place midspan posts where necessary. One 0.5 mile and one 0.75 mile stretch required midspan posts since the wire is 1320’ in length.
10. Fence arroyos.
11. Install gates where necessary.
12. Add 3 additional strands of 2 pt. barbwire along the 1.5 mile route.
13. Secure wire strands at appropriate heights using fence clips, straightening any t-posts to create a uniform and pleasing look to the fence line.
The cost of materials was $ 0.55/ft and with the addition of the hydraulic driver the cost rose to $0.95/ft. But the increased cost is countered by the time savings in driving T-posts and new equipment for the estate.
|Looking south along newly installed T-posts|
|Looking north along newly installed T-posts|
|Kabota with hydraulic driver on a T-post. The main buildings at PPR are visible in the background|