How to Install an Orange Snow Fence With T-Post Clips
Before the ground freezes and the snowflakes start falling it's time to put up the orange plastic snow fencing. Drifting snow is a big headache if you have to shovel it off the driveway. Snow fencing can hold snow at bay. It's functional, especially during a blizzard, and easy to install using metal T-posts and T-post clips
Pound in a T-post where the fence is to begin. Pound in T-posts every 6 to 8 feet the full length of the fence along a predetermined fence line. Keep the flat sides of the T-post in line, as the orange snow fencing will be laying against the flat sides of the posts.
Line the end of the roll of snow fence up with the first stake, leaving a 2- to 3-inch overlap.
Holding the orange fencing against the flat side of the stake and with 2 to 3 inches of the fence overshooting the stake, place the T-clip against the convex side of the T-post, and pull a horizontal strip of fencing over one end of the T-clip. Take your pliers and bend the T-clip wire up and over the strip of fencing to lock it into the T-clip.
Loop the other end of the T-clip wire over the horizontal strip of orange plastic and with a pliers bend the wire down and around so the fencing can't slip out of the T-clip.
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 in the middle of the post and again towards the bottom of the post.
Move to the next T-post, unrolling the orange fencing as you walk along. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 with each consecutive post. Pull the orange fencing as tight as possible when you are attaching the T-clips. For the T-clips to stay in place they must be under pressure, and a tightly stretched fence will keep them firmly in place.
- Because the fence must be pulled and held tight while the T-clips are being tightened, this job is best done with two people.
- T-posts have intermittent holes drilled into them the full length of the post. If you can't install the T-clips so they remain under pressure, purchase a bag of plastic zip ties, thread them through the stake holes and around the fencing and tie them off to secure the orange fencing to the T-post.
B. Ellen von Oostenburg became a full-time writer a decade ago. She has written features for local and state newspapers, as well as magazines, including Milwaukee Magazine, Wisconsin Trails and German Magazine. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, von Oostenburg holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in fine art.