Fencing - H brace ?

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  1. sassy_mare

    sassy_mare Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I still have fencing questions! ;-)

    I am having a hard time finding 12 gauge wire for the wire bracing on my H braces. I am wondering if I can:

    1. Use 17 gauge and wrap it around several times? - or -

    2. Use a 2x4 and attach it diagonally in place of the wire?


    Are either of these a possibility?

    Thanks all-
    Sheri
     
  2. Bret

    Bret Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Sherri,
    You can use 9 gauge. I always keep a roll on hand for general purpose use.
    I have used 2 and 3 wraps. Both seem OK.
    Bret
     

  3. milkstoolcowboy

    milkstoolcowboy Farmer

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    I'd use No. 9 wire. I've yet to see a good farm store or real lumber yard that didn't carry it.

    I'd vote no on several strands of #17 wire, and the 2" by 4" isn't going to get the tension No. 9 stapled to both vertical corner posts and twisted tight with a twist stick will. Just my thoughts.
     
  4. rambler

    rambler Well-Known Member Supporter

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    17 is a lot weaker than 12, I would not try that. It would take much more wire than you think. Go stronger if you can't find 12, such as the 9 suggested.

    The 2x4 will not work well for this type of construction, you would need a totally different degin to make the 2x4 work. The wire supplies tension, while a 2x4 would not.

    --->Paul