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Brackets Help Make Fencing Easy
The same easy-to-install and tough fence bracket design that two semi-retired “farm boys from Oregon” developed for post and rail fences is now available for dimensional lumber fences. Sales have increased and expanded throughout the U.S, says Tom Sawtell, since the FARM SHOW article (Vol. 34, No. 6) was published about the Ram Tough post bracket he designed with Jerry Ryser.
  “We had the lumber bracket in mind right from the beginning,” Sawtell says. They recently made the investment to manufacture it.
  Like the original round post brackets, the lumber brackets are made of 16-ga. steel and powder-coated to stand up to weather and the corrosive nature of treated wood.
  The 4 3/4 by 6 1/2-in. plates mount onto the upright posts with two screws. Though 2 by 6 boards are most common, the bracket can hold other widths. Two of the plate’s six holes are inset so that the bracket can be screwed to 4 by 4 posts, though 6 by 6 posts are standard. Sawtell recommends using 3-in. pan head screws that won’t scratch anything that rubs against the board. Customers purchase the brackets for everything from horse arenas to house decks to pasture fences.
  “The bracket is only needed where the lumber is spliced,” Sawtell points out. So they are only installed on every other post on a fence with posts 8 ft. apart using 16-ft. boards, for example.
  The bracket covers the splice where the boards meet, which leaves a nice finished look. Plus there are notches in the center at the top and bottom of the bracket to line up the boards and to allow rain to run through.
  Retail cost (at stores listed on the Ram Tough website) is about $3/bracket. Brackets can also be purchased from the website starting at $125 for 50 brackets (for lumber or round posts). Discounts are given for large quantity orders.
  Sawtell adds that customers have found other uses for the post brackets including H-bracing and reusing tendon rails after the tendons rot off.
  Check out the website’s video for details about how to install the brackets.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ram Tough, LLC, 22560 SW Stafford Rd., Tualatin, Ore.. 97062 (ph 866 611-5218; www.ramtoughbracket.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3