How to Install a Double Loop Ornamental Fence
Around the early 1900s, during the time American bungalows were built, metal double-loop fences were popular and were stretched across the landscapes of suburban neighborhoods. They were suitable for holding in pets and small children, but were still open enough to still be friendly. If you look along old hedgerows, you can still remnants of the old fencing. It has made a resurgence and is gaining in popularity as people bring back the old neighborhoods to the decor of their childhoods. It is now easier to find and not that difficult to install.
Walk around the perimeter of the yard where you want to install the fence. Typically this kind of fence is done in smaller yards, but you can install as much as you like as long as you provide enough support. Mow down any long grass or brush and remove any bushes or trees that may be in the way. You can use a tree as a support if it is in the direct line of the installation.
Mark the path for the fence by stretching string attached to stakes from one corner to the next. Measure out every 10 feet and mark it with the spray paint to mark where your T-posts should go. This will make sure that your fence is supported properly. If your fence is more than 4 feet high, you should move your T-posts to 8 feet apart.
Pound the T-posts into the ground at the marked intervals. You can use a T-post installer if you have one or a simple sledge hammer. A hydraulic T-post driver will make the work much easier if you have a lot of posts to drive.
Dig holes at the corners about 24 inches deep to sink the corner posts. Fill in the dirt gradually around the post, packing it in with a pole until the soil is almost rock hard. You can also add a bag of concrete at this point also if you want an extra solid post.
Lay out the fence on the ground next to the posts already installed. Stand the fence up and lean it against the posts. Start with the end post and either staple it or wire it, depending on what kind of post it is, pulling it tight as you go.
Maryland resident Heide Braley is a professional writer who contributes to a variety of websites. She has focused more than 10 years of research on botanical and garden articles and was awarded a membership to the Society of Professional Journalists. Braley has studied at Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University.