2014 - Volume #38, Issue #1, Page #35[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Uses Pvc Pipe To Make Electric Fence Posts
“Pvc posts work better than steel posts because they’re smaller and more flexible,” says Larson. “If a deer hits them, the impact won’t knock the fence down or take the wire off. The wire can’t come loose from the post because it goes through it.”
He cuts 10-ft. lengths of 3/4-in. dia. rigid pvc pipe into 3 pieces to create 3 posts. He puts a 2 1/2 to 3-in. cotter pin over the wire in the hole, spreading the pin’s legs so that it fills the hole. “The cotter pin holds the wire in place at the post, but is loose enough on the wire that if something hits it the wire won’t break,” says Larson.
He made a driver for the posts by welding a chunk of steel on top of a 30-in. length of lightweight, 1-in. steel conduit. It fits over the post.
“The driver is small enough in diameter that it doesn’t rattle around, yet it isn’t too tight on the post that it gets stuck,” says Larson. “The pvc post is quite flexible, and driving it into the ground is like trying to drive in a piece of spaghetti. The driver tube has to be relatively long and close-fitting in order to stabilize it.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Larson, 1726 Avian St., Fort Collins, Colo. 80524 (ph 970 221-4836; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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