1981 - Volume #5, Issue #4, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Build Yourself A Concrete Fence
Concrete posts and rails, from Fleming Manufacturing in Cuba, Mo., are made of a reinforced, pressure poured concrete made with a special machine. The concrete can be colored as it's mixed, or coated after it sets up with a durable white paint mixture that'll last for years.
Fleming's Panel King fence is made with a special concrete mix that won't chip or crack under normal usage, says a company spokesman. If horses or cattle begin rubbing on it, owners string an electric wire along the back side of one rail where rubbing is the worst. Animals quickly-learn to leave the fence alone and the wire only needs to be electrified occasionally.
Posts are 5 5/8 by 6 in. and 93 in. long for a four-rail fence. Posts for two and three rail fences are somewhat shorter, but about one-third of the post length (at least 2 ft.) should be set in the ground. Thus, a four-rail fence is high enough to turn horses. To control small animals, a light woven wire can be stretched along the back side of the fence.
Rails are 2 1/2 by 5 1/2 in. by 8 ft. long. Rails 10 and 12 ft. long can be made for special purposes, such as crossing ditches, etc., but the 8-ft. spacing is recommended for most installations. A 3/8-in. reinforcing bar runs through each rail.
Posts can be set directly in soil, or concrete can be poured around the base for more stability. Crushed lime-stone can also be used to secure the posts. It hardens almost like concrete, yet the posts can still be removed later if necessary.
Fleming's Panel King fence machine uses a continuous process to turn out up to three rails per cycle every 1 to 1 1/2 min. Up to 960 rails, or as many as 320 posts, can be made in an 8 hr. shift, usually with only four or five workers. Machines are being franchised around the country.
For more information on the machines, or the concrete fence they produce, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Fleming Mfg. Co., Fleming Ave., Cuba, Mo. 65453 (ph 314 885-3311).
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