1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6, Page #40[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Low-Cost Livestock-Proof Fence"It should last a lifetime," says FARM SHOW reader Melvin G. Miller about the low-cost corral fence he built using railroad ties and highway guard rails.
"I picked up some used guard rail at a junk yard fairly cheaply and you can generally buy railroad ties for $2 or less apiece. I also bought some 7/16 by 12-in. galvanized bolts at an auction to bolt the rails to the ties.
"We dug the ties in about 36 in. and left about 22 in. between the ground and the first rail. Rails are 12 in. wide and we left 12 in. between all the other rails, making a fence approximately 5 ft. high.
"This is the strongest fence I've ever seen. It'll stand up to whatever abuse our cattle and horses can dish out," says Miller.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Melvin G. Miller, R.R. 1, Box 1204, Norwalk, Wis. 54648-9737.
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