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Old 09/11/04, 10:37 PM
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Whats it cost to fence about 5 acres? Nothing fancy, just 2x4 wire and posts...

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What are you trying to keep in - or out??

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Old 09/11/04, 11:45 PM
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Depends on the shape of the property. You need a perimeter measurement. Then figure how many t posts you need. What corner posts are you using? What kind of gate?

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Around here it costs about a dollar a foot for some one to come out and install a 5 wire barb wire farm fence. I would guess materials would be half of that and labor about half.

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Whats it cost to fence about 5 acres? Nothing fancy, just 2x4 wire and posts...
...............................................It Depends....If, you have , a relatively flat property line or gently rolling undulations ....AND....All brush and blockages have been cleaned up where a fence contractor can work I would estimate that to build a "no-climb" , 2x4 wire fence with Welded corners and hbraces it would run around 4.25 afoot . If , you have ROCK that prevents t-posts from being driven , with a regular driver , the builder will have to rent an aircompressor and maybe a bobcat and Predrill each T-post hole with a Rotary Air Hammer Drill which will require the builder to remove the face plates from each tpost and will probably add atleast a Dollar afoot plus the cost of the Equipment rental to the Total Cost . It is 2,174 feet around my 5 acre tract here in northcentral texas......so 4.25 x 2174 feet =$9,240 . The cost factor will be\can be reduced somewhat the more footage that is involved . No Climb , 2x4 , wire fences are very labor intensive to construct and are also the best fence to have around your property line . ....fordy....
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Its easy land, square, sandy ground (used to be an orange grove) no trees rocks or obstructions, slopes gently downward. dunno about corner posts yet. but dang 9000+ dollars? ack. All we want to do is keep dogs and coyotes out and the hens in.

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Oh yes it is spendy, but well worth the peace of mind. If you do it right, should have to do it only once.
We will have 14 acres to do soon... Sigh ~ ~

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Fordy.. you might want to recheck that math! That sounds outrageous!!!

I am in the process of RE-fencing some around my 'yard' by the house.. it is about 3 1/2 - 5 acres. Now.. the posts are being reused and there is already a couple of strands of barbed around the top .. but $1 per foot sounds about right. I have used this 2 x 4 wire and t-posts for years.. BUT just yesterday the 100 ft. rolls (36") went up from $34 to $42 since July at Tractor Supply!!!! Maybe now $1.50 per foot!

(My $1 per foot figures came from price of posts every 10 ft. and 4 ft. wire.)

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Fordy.. you might want to recheck that math! That sounds outrageous!!!

I am in the process of RE-fencing some around my 'yard' by the house.. it is about 3 1/2 - 5 acres. Now.. the posts are being reused and there is already a couple of strands of barbed around the top .. but $1 per foot sounds about right. I have used this 2 x 4 wire and t-posts for years.. BUT just yesterday the 100 ft. rolls (36") went up from $34 to $42 since July at Tractor Supply!!!! Maybe now $1.50 per foot!

(My $1 per foot figures came from price of posts every 10 ft. and 4 ft. wire.)
Boy I wish it was just that cheap here.. for 100' roll of 2 by 4 woven wire (No Climb) is $110.00 a roll, as of last month. (This is not the top end stuff either.) With my luck it has gone up in price.
The feed stores cost even more than Home Depot.
Have to buy all new posts too.. heavy duty T Post in bulk in this area go for $3.95 each. I use railroad ties for the corners and camel backs.

Hope where you live Fordy,, fencing is cheaper!!
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..................OK , folks lets have alittle dose of Reality....economically...speaking of course.....The, "good" tposts use to be around 2.25\2.35 apiece for a 6 foot tpost . Bwire WAS 31 aroll for 2 point . 2 7/8 inch pipe was 1.00 to 1.10 per foot , and 2 3/8's for the horizontials and Kickers was about .75 to .80 cents afoot . ......
..................Roll forward 1 year ......ALL fencing products are Way up , just like plywood and Dimension lumber.......good tposts...are about 3.50 apiece for a 6 footer. ANYBODY , with any sense , will build a 5 foot fence for both Dogs , horses , and goats. .........
..................The BEST compromise as far as a Good , outer perimeter fence that is an acceptable alternative TOO NO Climb....is Field Fence....47 inches high , with 2 strands of Bwire at 6 inch intervals to effectively give you a 5 foot fence ......Plus, friends , Field fence comes in 330 foot rolls . GET, the SMALL rectangles , that startout AT 3 inches high and 6 inches long . By , the time , that you get to the top the rectangles are.....7 1/2 inches high and STILL 6 inches long............
..................RED BRAND makes the BEST WIRE . Bar none . Most folks Don't pay much attention to the WAY that the wire strands are Tied too each other , but in terms of strength is MAKES a BIG difference . Plus , the quality of the Galvanizing , plays a tremendous role in the LONGIVITY of the Wire . ..
..................Like I ALWAYS say , the Most expensive fence you can BUY , is the ONE that you are Continually Having to Repair , ....fordy...

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...............As an Addendum , if you know how to weld , even half---- , you can build your own fence and DO a Very GOOD job. In fact , you can save enough money to justify buying a small engine driven welder that you can retain for your "Place".......Anybody that would like a recommendation as to what brand of welder ...My offering would be a MILLER......they make a variety of engine powered ac\dc stick machines that are perfect for a small homestead . And , the Thing IS , once you learn HOW to weld you will be doing "the Happy Pagan Welder Dance " all over the Place . Just , don't try and Weld Naked....cause you'll burn your "Peripherials"...........fordy.....

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My husband has a custom fencing business. He charges .22 cents a foot to put in new fence,that does not include the posts and wire. If he builds canyon fence it is higher but normal flat ground is .22 cents. To tear out fence it is .15 cents a foot. Normally he puts in 4-wire barbed wire fence. Different people ask for different things. Government specks are for a 4 wire fence is that the posts HAVE TO BE between 16 1/2 to 20 feet apart ,no more,no less. Varies also what people want. State ground usually puts in 1 steel to 1 wood. The majority of people ask for all wood. So if you were to put in a mile of fence and posts being 16 1/2 feet apart it'd take 320 posts and you could cheapen it up by putting in every 20 feet taking 264 posts. Depends on how many corners and gates you want to put in also as to what it takes. A spool of wire will do 1/4 mile so it would take 16 rolls to do a mile of 4- wire fence. At .22 cents a foot a mile of fence without supplies would be 1161.60 to put in. Costs vary i'm sure according to states and conditions. Hope this helps, Dawn

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......................Dawn , Your DH is working , WAY TOO Cheap!!!!! A 5 wire , bwire fence with the top wire at 48 inches approximately and the T-posts every 12 to 14 feet , and welded corners and H-braces with diagional braces(kickers) , will run between 1.90 to 2.05 afoot in Texas . Maybe alittle cheaper with the longer footages . I would charge a dollar a foot to build a 5 wire, bwire fence if the landowner wants to provide ALL the materials . Of course , I have to pay my helpers and all other costs associated with the construction . Even the Illegals won't work around here for less than 8 dollars an hour . They , actually , work harder than the "white boys".......fordy.....

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I agree it is alot of work and he puts in ALOT of fence. We live in Nebraska and people are just not willing to pay those kind of prices. Our area is cattle country and people just don't have it. These are the going rates. We'd rather that he charged a reasonable rate and we survive and not charge out of everyones price range and we starve. He builds an incredible looking fence and people keep calling him back,that is worth alot. I do understand that maybe Texas just has different rates and are higher. BUt around here that is just not the way it is. Dawn

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I agree it is alot of work and he puts in ALOT of fence. We live in Nebraska and people are just not willing to pay those kind of prices. Our area is cattle country and people just don't have it. These are the going rates. We'd rather that he charged a reasonable rate and we survive and not charge out of everyones price range and we starve. He builds an incredible looking fence and people keep calling him back,that is worth alot. I do understand that maybe Texas just has different rates and are higher. BUt around here that is just not the way it is. Dawn
I'm with Dawn here - people in our area of the midWest just don't have the kind of money, nor CARE to spend the kind of money that I hear others talking about. Here we have the woven wire field fencing, 330 foot rolls, 47 inches high, at $97 a roll. We get the metal t-posts, 6 foot, for $2.50 - $3 each, depending on where you get them (I've seen them as high as $6 but you're paying for the convenience of not having to drive 1 1/2 hours to the next nearest town with a Menards or Home Depot). My Dh and I found that the railroad people were tearing out the old RR ties and replacing them - not two miles from our house. We talked wit hthem and they were sorting them out for wholesale to places like Menards and HD. We got them at whoelsale prices - $2.60 each - and this fence is going NOWHERE...I'd love to see a combine "accidentally" hit that (yes folks, sometimes the farmers here are rude and deliberately knock down your fences even when they're 10 feet inside the property line). It wouldn't happen again!

Anyway, for my fence, that *we* put in ourselves, we've spent approximately $600. Multiply that out for the number of perimeter feet you have (ours was about 550 feet) and you can get a MidWest cost estimate. This was done this past spring with the higher prices on all fencing, too. I'd imagine that other areas wil be different, though...

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Bladesmith;
You don't need that much room for some hens. Build a much smaller chicken park, and it you don't want coyotes or dogs on the 5 acres, just run a couple hot wires around it.

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Wow, Sarah J, the last 2 rolls of woven wire fence I bought were $175 each. They are 4' high, 4"x4", 330' rolls. It's costing a whole lot more to fence my 5 acres than I ever dreamed, and I'm doing it myself, so no labor costs are involved.

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Wow, Sarah J, the last 2 rolls of woven wire fence I bought were $175 each. They are 4' high, 4"x4", 330' rolls. It's costing a whole lot more to fence my 5 acres than I ever dreamed, and I'm doing it myself, so no labor costs are involved.
Youch! I'd hesitate with that, too! :no: Some days I really love the MidWest...

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My husband has a custom fencing business. He charges .22 cents a foot to put in new fence,that does not include the posts and wire. If he builds canyon fence it is higher but normal flat ground is .22 cents. To tear out fence it is .15 cents a foot. Normally he puts in 4-wire barbed wire fence. Different people ask for different things. Government specks are for a 4 wire fence is that the posts HAVE TO BE between 16 1/2 to 20 feet apart ,no more,no less. Varies also what people want. State ground usually puts in 1 steel to 1 wood. The majority of people ask for all wood. So if you were to put in a mile of fence and posts being 16 1/2 feet apart it'd take 320 posts and you could cheapen it up by putting in every 20 feet taking 264 posts. Depends on how many corners and gates you want to put in also as to what it takes. A spool of wire will do 1/4 mile so it would take 16 rolls to do a mile of 4- wire fence. At .22 cents a foot a mile of fence without supplies would be 1161.60 to put in. Costs vary i'm sure according to states and conditions. Hope this helps, Dawn
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.............Dawn , here is a Real Shoulder saver , that your DH might BE interested in.........This is an AIR Powered T-Post Driver . Yes, it really works . I, bought the Smallest Model about 2 1/2 years back . They , now , actually make 4 models . The largest is supposed to beable to drive Pipe . Asmall engine driven air compressor will furnish enough air to make them work quite Well . They work off of Pressure rather Volume . It takes between 70 and 90 psi to make them drive . If , I was building fence like your DH I believe I would invest in one of these mochine(s).......www.rhorermfg.com .........Phone....541-548-7746 . They are located in Powell Butte , Oregon . I believe they have a small file that you can watch on their website that actually shows how they work . I really wish now that I had purchased a larger model .......fordy...
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try this link to access the above air drivers
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