5-Build the End Braces
BUILD THE END BRACES
Note: these instructions are for wood end braces.
- Measure and cut cross-memberMeasure and cut the cross-member so it will fit between the tops of the brace posts.
- Figure height of cross-memberMeasure the fence wire from the bottom wire up to midway between the 2nd and 3rd wire from the top. Record this measurement
- Determine brace pin placement
Measure up the inside of the end post and the brace post and mark each post with the length that was recorded at step B) above. If you are not setting the bottom of the wire at ground level, be sure to add the extra height off the ground to this measurement. This measurement will place the cross-member between the 2nd and 3rd line wire of the fence, making it easier to tie off.
- Set the brace pins in the postsUse a drill bit that is the same diameter as the brace pins. Mark a 2” depth on the bit and drill a 2” hole on your mark in the end post. Drill a hole completely through the brace post. Drive a 10” x 3/8” brace pin in the brace post from the outside of the brace until it is flush with the inside of the brace.
- Now drive the shorter 5”x 3/8” brace pin into the end post, leaving 2” exposed.
- Set the cross-member into positionIf you are using a wood cross-member, drill a pilot hole in the center of both end faces.Note: Never use milled lumber for cross-members, as they will warp. Place one end of the cross-member over the 5” pin on the end post, then move the other end into position. Level the cross-member and center on the post.
- Set the brace with the brace wireDrive a barbed staple into the outside of the end post about 2” above the ground. Leave about 3/8” of the staple exposed so the brace wire can be passed under the staple. Place two buffer staples into the staple driven into the post as shown. These will stop the wire from digging into the post and allow the wire to slide freely when it is tightened.
- Attach an inline strainer to the brace wirePlace a crimp sleeve on the brace wire. Loop the wire through the hole in the inline strainer, and then pass the wire back into the crimp sleeve. Crimp the crimp-sleeve to lock the wire and in-line strainer in place.
Make sure that the wire is not crossed at the pin or the staple before tightening the brace wire completely. Continue to tighten the strainer and periodically equalize the brace wire by pulling it sideways a couple of times.
Tighten the brace wire until the brace post is pulled about a quarter-inch toward the end post. At that point the wire will be very tight, and your brace will be ready to use.
Note: If the posts are set in concrete, allow the concrete to set for at least two days before pulling on the brace post.
Note: You can build a brace by tensioning the brace wire with the smooth wire puller. Once you have tightened the wire, splice it with a splicing sleeve to hold it fast. The disadvantage of this method is that you won’t be able to easily re-tighten the brace if the posts move slightly.
Position the strainer about two-thirds as high as the brace, on the opposite side from the fence fabric.