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How to Build a Mesh Fence


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You can purchase all materials at farm supply stores such as Tractor Supply Company or home improvement stores such as  Home Depot.


  1. Posts. Choose metal T-posts or wooden posts. You can get wooden posts cut to specifications. If you tell a store worker the dimensions of your fence, they can suggest how many posts you will need. Generally you will place posts about 8 feet apart.
  2. Mesh cloth. It comes in rolls, in different strengths. Your fence will be stronger if you get a strong mesh (such as the welded wire below.)
  3. Baling wire or metal ties to attach the mesh to the posts. Baling wire comes in a roll and can be cut into pieces. A heavy duty staple gun can also be used to attach mesh fencing to wooden posts.

  4. Concrete if setting wooden posts (see below). Metal T-posts are also stronger if set in concrete. Ask store workers to advise you on how many bags to get for the type of posts you are using. Usually one 40-lb bag of concrete can be used to set two posts.
  5. Shovel or post hole digger if setting posts in concrete.

 Thin mesh and T-post

Strong mesh fencing


  • Decide where you want your fence to go. Mark the lines with spray paint or push wooden stakes into the ground and tie string from stake to stake
  • Lay posts next to your lines, where you plan to stand them up.
    • The closer you place the posts to each other, the stronger the fence will be. About 8 feet apart is good.
  • Pound metal T-posts into the ground with a hammer or post driver. Set wooden posts with concrete (see below).
    • T-posts should be put in the ground until the "V"  is covered. Wooden posts should have about a foot underground.
  • Attach mesh to T-posts with wire ties or baling wire. Attach mesh at the top of the post, in the middle of the post, and at the bottom of the post.
    • Stretch the fencing as tightly as possible against the posts. One person should pull the mesh very tightly to the edge of the post while someone else attaches the mesh to the post.
    • Be sure the mesh is all the way to the ground.
  • A gate will work best if attached to a post set in concrete. You can purchase gates at home improvement stores. You can also make a gate out of wood and mesh fencing.

This gate was made with a wooden frame. Mesh fencing was stapled to the frame.


The wooden gate is attached to the wood post with a simple door hinge. A slide lock was also added to help keep the fence shut. A bike lock can also be used to keep the gate firmly shut.

Wood posts were set in the corners, and metal T-posts were used
between corner posts. This fence has kept many 50-70 pound dogs inside.

Two wire ties are used to attach the mesh to the top of the T-post.

How to Set a Post


  • Strong wooden post
  • One 40 lb. bag of concrete mix is enough for 2 posts. You can use quick-set.
  • Stick or dowel
  • Water from a bucket or hose
  • Shovel or post-hole digger


  1. Dig a hole for the post. The post needs to be at least 1 1/2 or two feet underground.
  2. Put a few rocks in the bottom of the hole, then set the post in the hole. Itís easiest if you have someone to hold the post in the center of the hole.
  3. Pour about one-third of the concrete mix into the hole (pour it around the post). Pour about half a gallon of water into the hole and stir the concrete around with the stick.
  4. Keep adding concrete mix and stirring in water in until the hole is filled with the concrete mix. Refer to the directions on the package.
  5. Cover the concrete with the dirt from the hole. Pile dirt or rocks around the bottom of the post to keep it in place while the concrete sets.
  6. In 24 hours, you post should be set with regular concrete. With quick-set, your post will be ready in an hour.


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