Sledge hammer; measuring tape; spirit level; some colourful string; spray paint; ratchets and a screwdriver.
Step 1 – Preparation
Gather and lay out the PVC coated wire mesh fence kit and the tools you will need.
Step 2 – Mark first post’s location
Choose the location for your first post and stick a post spike into the ground.
Insert the post driving tool into the post spike’s hole.
Step 3 – Hammer first post spike in
Start hammering the post spike in deeper, hitting the post driving tool and not the spike itself.
Step 4 – Make sure it’s straight
Stop periodically and use a spirit level to make sure the post spike is straight on all sides.
Step 5 – Adequate post spike height
Hammer the post spike until it is level with the ground.
Step 6 – Add first post to the spike
Slot the first upright post into the post spike.
The upright posts have 3 holes on one side.
Step 7 – Secure post
Push a bolt through the holes of the post spike and add a washer and a hex nut to the outer end.
Use ratchets to tighten it around the post.
Step 8 – Check for straightness
Make sure the post stays completely straight on all sides as you tighten the bolt.
Step 9 – Add post cap to angle post
Take one of the angle posts and add the post cap by gently hammering it on.
The angle posts have 1 hole at one end (which can be used to secure the post cap in with a screw).
Step 10 – Attach strut clamp
Attach the strut clamp to the post cap using a bolt and a hex nut.
Step 11 – Slot angle post onto the first post
Slot the clamp onto the upright end post.
Step 12 – Add fence clips
Screw the fence clips on and add the post cap to the end post.
Step 13 – 6cm distance from the top of the post
Hold the clamp at a 6cm distance from the top of the end post.
Step 14 – Fix the angle post into place
Tighten the bolt with a ratchet until it’s secure.
Step 15 – Measure out the run
Use a tape measure to measure and mark the end of your run (15m or 25m, depending on the length of your fence).
Step 16 – Mark the run
Tie a colourful string to the first post and the location of your last end post.
This will help mark the run where your intermediate posts will be and also make sure you can hammer the post spikes in at the same height.
Step 17 – Add angle post plate
Push the bottom of the angle post into the angle post plate, making sure they’re connected securely.
Step 18 – Hammer in post spike for the angle post
Hammer the post spike into the ground at the same height as the spike in step 5.
Step 19 – Connect the plates
Attach the angle post plate to the post spike plate with bolts and hex nuts.
Step 20 – Secure the angle post plate
Tighten the nuts on the angle post plate.
Step 21 – First post & angle post position
Your first post and the angle post should now be in place.
Step 22 – Mark the spots for the intermediate posts
Measure 2.5m distances from the first end post and mark the spots for your intermediate posts along the run.
Step 23 – Add intermediate posts
Repeat Steps 2-8 with your intermediate posts.
Step 24 – Add end post & angle post
At the end of your run, repeat Steps 2-21 to fix in your other end post and angle post.
Step 25 – Unroll the mesh fence
Unroll the mesh next to the posts.
You can clip it onto the first post to help it stay put as you unroll its other end.
Step 26 – Tension the mesh
To easily tension the fence, slot two wooden planks into the holes at the end and use the leverage they give you to fold the mesh gently back onto the post. You can use the same technique to adjust the fence at every intermediate post, not just the end post
Step 27 – Clip wires onto the end post
When it’s taut enough, lock the fence into place by slotting it into the mesh clips.
Step 28 – Clip fence in
Make sure the fence is clipped into every mesh clip (3x per post) at the holes that are in the same row under each other.
Step 29 – Cut excess wire
Cut down any wires that are hanging off at the ends using wire cutters.