Dog Gates and Other Gear
We offer walk-through dog gates 3 to 6 feet wide and one-door driveway gates 8 to 12 feet wide, both in heights of 4 to 6 feet. You may also make your own gates or have them made elsewhere. If you plan to use our gates, you should know that they are made of the same black round steel pipes and posts as our dog fences and will provide a perfect match.
Top Rails and Support Wires
Top rails make the top of the fence rigid. Get them if you want the fence to have a more visible, elegant look or if it is doubling as a swimming pool fence. Figure that each length of top rail pipe will give you 92 inches (not 96) along the top of the fence, because 4 inches of each rail pipe slip over the end of the preceding pipe. Calculate how many lengths of pipe you need and put them in your cart. Then add brace bands and rail ends (two for every corner post, two for all access dog gates, two 2.5-inch brace bands for each driveway gate, and one for each end); get one loop cap for every post that is not a corner, end, or gate post; and get one self-tapping screw (they come in bags of 16) for each rail end.
If your fence has no top rail, plan on supporting the fencing by putting a length of black metal tie wire along the top. The wire should not go around corners, across gates, or over 80 feet in a straight line. When you have gone 80 feet, reached a corner, or reached a gate, terminate your run of line and start again.
Based on the above, calculate the number of feet of tie wire that you will need. This calculation will tell you how many rolls of tie wire (it comes in 110, 220, and 350-foot lengths) should be added to the list of items in your shopping cart.
If your fence has a top rail, plan on attaching the fencing to the top rail, your posts, and your dog gates with 8-inch stainless steel zip-lock ties. These ties cost more than our nylon ones but will last the life of your fence, as compared to an estimated 5-6 years for the nylon ones. Plan on applying one tie per foot of top rail and one per foot on each vertical post — including the gate posts. If you have a driveway gate, get 14-inch ties rather than 8-inchers, because you will need them to get around the driveway gate’s 2.5-inch support posts.
If your fence has a top support wire (no top rail), plan on attaching it to the fencing with either nylon ties or hog-ring staples, using one tie or staple per foot. Don’t use stainless steel ties for this job because they don’t close completely. Then use either nylon or stainless steel ties to attach your fencing to the vertical posts, applying one tie per foot of post.
Get enough ground stakes to insert one every two to three feet along the bottom of the fence. If your soil is very loose and sandy use 18-inch rebar ground stakes. Otherwise use the standard 12-inch kinked galvanized ground stakes, which are less expensive.
Completing Your Fence Plan
Go to your shopping cart by clicking on the “View Cart” button or on the shopping cart icon at top right. Check to make certain that you have not omitted any items and have not entered any items twice. (You can make appropriate changes in the cart.)
Place your order by clicking on “Proceed to Checkout” and filling in the requested information. Or else, if you simply wish to use the assembled materials list for planning, print it out. You can also save the list in your computer by copying the list and pasting it into a blank page in Microsoft Word.
Thank you for your patience in creating a materials list for your fence. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or by telephoning us at 508-888-8305.