OTHER dog fence Parts
Other parts used to install traditional dog fences include tie wire (for top support), zip-lock ties (for attaching fencing to metal posts), U-nails (for attaching fencing to wood posts), ground stakes (for staking down the fencing and also for staking down digging barriers), and braces for protecting tall dog fences against snow loads and falling branches.
Top Support Wire
Our black pvc-coated top support wire (tie wire with a 13.5 gauge steel core) creates an essentially invisible top for your dog fence. This wire is a lot easier to use than nylon monofilament line (often used on deer fences) because it needs no special tensioners and tighteners. All you do is run it around your chosen anchor post or brace band, twist it around itself several times until you have something that looks like a little hangman's knot, and cut off any excess. Then uncoil the wire down to your other chosen anchor post, pull the wire tight, and do the same thing. The idea is to pull the wire tight enough so that it will provide effective support against dog impacts and snow loads, while not tightening it so tight as to tilt your posts. For this purpose, it makes sense to create relatively short runs of wire, each spanning only two or three posts.
Our tie wire, which is both strong and long-lasting, comes in lengths of 110, 220, and 350 feet.
These are much tougher than kitchen ties. Made of black nylon with a UV barrier, they have a tested breaking strength of 120 pounds. Use the 8-inch zip-lock ties to connect your fencing to the top support wire, using 1 tie every 1.5 feet (for poly fencing) or 1 tie every foot (for metal hexagrid fencing), and also to connect the fencing to 1-3/8 inch round posts, using 1 tie per foot of post and putting the last tie under the bolt in the brace band at the top of the post. Do not use the 8-inch ties to secure your fencing to 1-5/8 inch round posts, because the tie does not start to grab itself until 2 inches have passed through the little box, and so you will have what is at best a tight fit. Instead use our 14-inch zip-lock ties for this job.
Zip-lock ties (black, nylon, 14 inches) with UV barrier, heavy duty (120-pound) strength, bag of 100
Hog Ringer and Staples
If you have a lot of tie wire to attach to fencing, or a lot of mesh fencing to attach to other mesh fencing, then it makes sense to get a hog ringer and staples. The stapler is a lot more expensive than a few packs of nylon zip-lock ties, but it saves a lot of work time and the staples it puts in place last longer than nylon zip-ties.
Should you opt for wooden post, use these barbed galvanized 1.25-inch U-nails for attaching your fencing to the posts. Plan on using about one U-nail every 18 inches on line, gate, and end posts, and twice that on corner posts.
Kinked Galvanized Ground Stakes
Use these foot-long kinked galvanized ground stakes to secure the bottom flap of your dog fence to the ground. This flap may seem like a minor matter, but it's important. Even well-behaved dogs find it easy to get under a fence with no bottom flap, simply by wiggling through between the stakes. The bottom flap technique, developed to keep deer from nosing under fences, works very well on dogs. However, the number of stakes needed will depend very much upon your dog (all our kits provide at least 1 stake for every 4 feet of fence). So if you have a Houdini on your hands it might be well to get an extra bundle or even to consider a digging barrier. To purchase these stakes in 250-stake lots at a volume discount, see our deer fence website.
Corner/End Braces and Drive Cap
These braces help to deal with heavily treed fence lines or snow load issues. Each corner brace kit listed below provides the braces for two corners. Each end brace kit provides 2 end braces, the number needed to brace both sides of a gate or 2 ends ("ends" being places where the fence terminates because it butts up against a building, wall, or other fence).
These brace kits come with drive sleeves for the vertical posts. Those who purchase these braces, and who opt against putting the vertical post in a cement footing, may wish to save some digging time by getting the drive cap used to drive these sleeves in with a sledgehammer. For a complete list of the parts in each product, click on the product's photo.
*Corner brace kit components: 2 black pvc-coated 1-5/8 inch round steel posts and drive sleeves for a 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, or 6-foot dog fence; 4 black pvc-coated 1-3/8 inch round steel brace arms; attachment gear (2 brace bands, 4 rail ends, 2 nuts, 2 bolts); finally, 2 vinyl caps and 2 metal dome caps to match the fence regardless of which type is being used.
**End brace kit components: 2 black pvc-coated 1-5/8 inch round steel posts and drive sleeves for a 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, or 6-foot dog fence; 2 black pvc-coated 1-3/8 inch round steel brace-arm posts; attachment gear (2 brace bands, 2 rail ends, 2 nuts, 2 bolts); finally, 2 vinyl caps and 2 metal dome caps to match the fence regardless of which type is being used.