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please help me out... fencing migraine

 
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I feel like learning about fencing is equal to learning a new language. So excuse my ignorance as I explain.

We are putting in 5 strand high tensile perimeter fence. We are using fiberglass posts. I know a lot of you don't like electric but we have had a lot of success with it and are confident in our decision. My hangup is corner posts. We are in rocky Missouri bluffs. We also need 13 corners/gates. Im trying to find the best option.

Fiberglass is out of our price range for corners. I was thinking steel or wood. Our neighbor is going to come out with his skid steer and drill holes for us.

So here is my list of questions:

- Does wood or steel require a more shallow hole? We have had issues getting very deep in the past while drilling.
- With steel do we then have to weld rebar into a cross as opposed to a wood "H"? we don't have a welder so that probably answers our questions.
- If I'm starting the fence at a building (and not continuing it on the other side) Do i just need 2 posts and bragging as opposed to 3?

I attached a picture of what were fencing in. Each grey scribble is a gate. It is about 7 acres.

Any clarification or corner posts 101 would are appreciated. Thank you!
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The is not a need for a more shallow hole for wood. Because you are talking about corner posts, why not keep your options open and put the corners in as securely as if you were running woven fence?  I doubt if you will regret it.
 
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I actually just found a more economical alternative to this and it’s actually fiberglass. I can get them locally and can drive them myself. Sorry to bother you all!!!
 
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Do tell, Taylor!  I was hoping to learn how myself!
 
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Artie Scott wrote:Do tell, Taylor!  I was hoping to learn how myself!



So it turns out we would need to rent an auger to wood posts, and steel my neighbor could drill in with his skid steer but we would then have to have them welded- which we don't have a welder. The fiberglass posts are more expensive but cheaper when your not hiring someone to weld.
We are lucky to only be an hr away from Greg Judy's farm. (if you have never heard of him, he is worth checking out. His youtube channel is great!)
He sells fiberglass corner posts that we plan to purchase.



He has also come up with a system of using a tree to help support a single corner post, which will be the big money saver for us. it took our post number down from 35 posts and 20 H braces to 24 posts and 9 H braces



Here is his website: http://greenpasturesfarm.net/fence-posts/

Im also debating back and forth between 1in fiberglass posts I can get locally and these timeless posts. They are what Greg uses and look pretty slick. Im just not sure if they are worth the extra cost.
https://timelessfencesystem.com/products/
 
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I'm a fan of rounded fences- no corners to fuss with
 
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Taylor Cleveland wrote:Im just not sure if they are worth the extra cost.



To me, stronger fences are worth the extra cost.

 
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Awesome Taylor, thank you!  I had started looking at some of Greg Judy’s methods, and really like the ideas he has around fiberglass posts and perimeter fencing.

I hope you share how your fence building goes with pictures and descriptions - the good, the bad and the ugly!  That’s how we all learn!
 
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