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How to Attach Wire Mesh Fencing to Timber Post and Rail?

Steel mesh attached to timber post and rail fencing

When it comes to securing your property or creating enclosures for various purposes, wire mesh fencing is a reliable choice. If you are convinced that steel mesh is right for your property and want to know how to attach it to your Timber Post and Rail Fencing, you’re in the right place. 


At Stock & Noble, we provide the finest fencing solutions to high-end property owners across Australia and New Zealand. Our product portfolio boasts of a wide range of equine mesh. Based on our years of experience and product expertise, we will share valuable insights on attaching mesh to your Timber post and rail fencing.  


The good news is, whether you’re dealing with No-climb mesh, Diamond mesh, or Yard and Kennel mesh, the process of attaching wire mesh to timber post and rail remains consistent.  

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps required to ensure a secure and well-executed installation.  


If you’re taking this up as a DIY project, you will have all the information and confidence needed to attach your mesh successfully and smoothly to your post and rail fencing. 


Understanding Wire Mesh Tensioning 

Before we dive into the attachment process, it’s essential to understand that the tensioning of the wire mesh depends on the type of mesh you’re using. Heavier meshes like V-mesh require more tensioning force because of the thicker gauge wires used to construct the mesh. In contrast, lighter gauge meshes like yard mesh don’t need as much tension. 


Now, let’s grab the tools and move on to the steps for attaching wire mesh fencing to timber post and rail. 


Necessary Tools to Install Wire Mesh Fencing 

To complete this project successfully, you’ll need the following tools: 

  • Hammer 
  • Drill or Impact Driver 
  • Tape Measure 
  • Pair of Fencing Pliers 
  • Wire Cutters 
  • Clamping Block 
  • Come-Alongs (2) 
  • Fencing Wire Staples 
  • Clamps/Staples (e.g., Davo’s Clips) 
  • Mesh 
  • Gloves 
  • Safety Glasses 


Step 1: Mark Your Fence Line and Install Posts 

The first step is to determine your fence line and install the timber posts into the ground at the desired intervals. Proper spacing between posts is crucial for a sturdy fence. For example, if you have 5.4-meter-long timber rails, a post spacing of 2.7 meters is recommended.  

While we cover the steps here, it’ll be worth deep diving into how to build a Timber post and rail fence.  


Step 2: Build End Assemblies 

Create end assemblies at both ends of the fence line. These are often referred to as Box End Assemblies. it is important to build these correctly, so they withstand the tension once the mesh has been attached. 


Step 3: Mark Post Positions in Between 

Continue marking the positions for the intermediate posts, maintaining the same spacing as determined earlier. Your supplier might offer different rail lengths, so adjust accordingly. 


Step 4: Roll Out the Mesh 

Once the post and rail framework is in place, roll out the wire mesh fencing on the ground. For large quantities or long fence lines, consider using a tractor attachment that can help unroll the mesh efficiently. 


Step 5: Secure the Steel Mesh to the End Post 

Now stand the mesh up against the timber posts. Starting at one end, secure the mesh by wrapping it around the post, back onto itself. Then tie it off. 

This video of how to install no-climb fence mesh will help bring more visual clarity to tying the mesh onto the fence line. (Click on the link and navigate to No-Climb Mesh Installation) 


Step 6: Ensure Proper Mesh Alignment 

As you walk along the fence line, make sure the mesh is standing straight against the posts. While some sag may occur, ensure that the bottom of the mesh is pulled up against the post, preventing snags during tensioning. 


Step 7: Creating a Secure Anchor Point 

When tensioning Mesh it is important to have a strong, reliable anchor point. This anchor point is normally beyond the fence finish or end assembly. This anchor point will be used to secure your tensioning block or come-along—a hand-operated device with a ratchet for pulling objects, in this case mesh fencing.  

For robust mesh types like No climb, we strongly recommend using two come-alongs, positioning one at the bottom and the other at the top of the mesh. This approach ensures even tension distribution. 


Here’s how to set up the anchor point: 


Position Your Clamping Block

Start by placing a clamping block on the mesh fence. This block is typically made from two pieces of timber placed on either side of the mesh and secured together. 


Attach the Come-Along

Securely attach one end of the come-along to the top of the clamping block and the other end to the bottom. 


Connect to the Anchor Point

The remaining end of the come-along should be connected to the anchor point. This anchor point could be another fence line or a post temporarily dug into the ground. 

By creating this anchor point and using the come-alongs in tandem, you can ensure that tensioning is performed evenly along the entire length of the fence. This step is crucial for achieving a well-tensioned and secure wire mesh fence. 


Step 8: Start Tensioning  the Wire Mesh

Using the ratchet action of the come-along, begin tensioning the fence mesh wire. Keep the tension even as you pull it along the fence line. 


Step 9: Tie Off the Mesh Fencing

To properly secure the fence, begin in the middle section of the mesh, allowing enough wire to wrap around the post and tie off, and cut the middle horizontal wire. After tying off this central point, work your way both above and below the middle wire, tying off every horizontal wire securely. 

As you tie the fence off, one horizontal wire at a time, you’ll notice that the clamping block and come-along, used for tensioning, become unnecessary. This transition occurs because the end assembly has effectively maintained the tension of the fence. 


Step 10: Clamp Horizontal Wire 

Once you’ve successfully tied off the starting and ending points and completed the tensioning process, it’s time to tie off the mesh at each post. First start where there is either low or high spots due to undulation. At these points fix the mesh to the desired height. Then work back to either end of the fence line.   

At every post, apply clamps to secure the horizontal wire at both the top and bottom and then the horizontal wires in between. However, it’s important to note that these clamps should not be overly tight. Leave some room for the fence mesh to move naturally, accommodating contraction and expansion. You can achieve this by using wire clamps or staples, ensuring that your fence remains flexible and resilient. 


Step 11: Secure the Mesh with Clips or Staples 

For added security, use clips like Davo’s clips or other fencing clips of your choice. If you’re using staples, hammer them in, or screw them in if you’re using clamps. 


Step 12: Install the Top Rail and Customise the Fence Height 

It’s time to add the top rail to your fence. Consider your desired fence height and appearance.  


You have a couple of options: 


Create a Small Gap Above the Mesh

Depending on your preferred fence height, you can leave a slight gap above the mesh, just below the rail. This design choice offers a distinct look and allows for flexibility in fence height adjustments. 


Cover the Mesh with the Timber Rail

Alternatively, you can opt to have the timber rail cover the mesh, overlapping it by approximately 30 to 50 mm. This choice provides a more uniform appearance and sets a specific fence height. 

If you choose to cover the mesh with the rail, be sure to securely pin or staple the mesh to the back of the rail. This ensures a tight and neat fit, enhancing the overall aesthetics and stability of your fence. Your decision should align with your preferred fence height and the visual appeal you desire. 


Step 13: Completion 

Congratulations, your wire mesh fencing is now securely attached to the timber post and rail structure. Repeat these steps for additional fence lines, keeping in mind that mesh fencing is best suited for straight lines. When you encounter a ninety-degree turn, you’ll need to start the process again. 


Once the mesh is fully installed across your property, we recommend painting your rails using premium-quality fence paints, to create a beautiful-looking fence line.  


Are You Confident to Install Wire Mesh Fencing on Your Property? 

Attaching wire mesh fencing to timber post and rail is a feasible DIY project that can enhance the security and aesthetics of your property.  


Now you know a complete 13-step process to attach any mesh fencing of your choice to your timber post and rail. Ensure that the mesh is pulled up tightly and free of sags along the fence line for a professional finish. A well-installed and tensioned mesh fence will keep your animals safely inside and also make your property look beautiful. Another important factor to achieve this is choosing the right mesh fencing. A comparison of different types and brands of steel mesh fencing will prove valuable at the stage. 


If you’re unsure about your skills, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional fencing contractor. They can guide you through the process or even provide hands-on assistance. With the right tools and knowledge, you can achieve a sturdy and visually appealing fence that serves its intended purpose.


For any further questions on installations, cost, availability or compatibility of wire mesh fencing with your new or existing fence line connect with our fencing experts. They will help and guide you at every step to bring your dream property to life.  

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