POST ACCESSORIES FOR ROUND METAL POSTS
Introduction to Post Accessories
Our post accessories include brace bands, post caps, post braces, and two tools -- a manual post driver and a digging bar -- that help make installation of metal posts easy. The brace bands go at the tops of all round metal posts to prevent the fencing from sliding down the post. The post braces counter sideways stresses caused by snow loads and falling tree limbs in places where those are likely. The manual post driver helps to install any metal post up to 2.5 inches in diameter. And the digging bar helps prepare the way if the soil has a lot of rocks or roots.
To keep your fencing from sliding down round metal posts, put a brace band at the top of each post, with its tips pointing inward (toward your dog), and use the nut and bolt that come with it to tighten it on the post. Then secure the brace band to your fencing and top support (tie) wire with a zip-lock tie, by passing the zip tie around the fencing and tie wire and then under the brace band's bolt, before drawing the zip-tie tight. The brace bands listed below are for 1-5/8 and 1-3/8 inch diameter round posts, which are the two types of round metal posts we offer.
All of our round black posts come with black caps. The 1-3/8 inch diameter posts come with flat vinyl caps with an estimated life of 10-15 years. The 1-5/8 inch diameter posts come with metal dome caps that will last the full life of your fence.
Vinyl cap insert for 1-5/8 inch black round deer fence posts (a single insert, DO NOT CONFUSE WITH VINYL SLEEVE INSERTS)
Manual Post Driver
An easy way to install most metal posts is with a manual post driver. Ours costs less than most others on the market and works every bit as well.
This driver is a heavy steel tube closed at one end with long handles on the sides. It can install posts up to 2.5 inches wide. To use it, simply place the driver over one end of the post to be installed. Put the posts other end where you want the post installed. then raise the driver, drop it down on the post, and repeat the process until your post is at the desired depth. Be sure that anyone assisting you keeps their hands out of the way of the descending driver, because this tool can seriously injure hands.
Manual post driver with a 2-3/4 inch opening for driving metal posts into the ground (weight 17 pounds)
Should you have soil with lots of rocks or roots, it's a good idea to prepare the way for your posts with a digging bar. This is a heavy straight bar -- a bit like a crowbar without bends. Simply push or tap it a few inches into the ground, rotate the bar a few times, and repeat these actions until you are at the desired depth. Now, when you insert your post, you will know that its path is unobstructed. Should you need one of these tools, the four-footer sold here is probably less expensive than the five or six-footers sold in most local stores.