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Mesh Fencing - FAQ

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Among the plethora of fencing options available, wire mesh fencing stands out as a versatile and widely adopted choice, renowned for its durability, visibility, and diverse applications. 


If you’re a property owner looking to buy and install mesh, there might be quite a few questions already on your mind. This blog is aimed to answer most of them. 


At Stock and Noble, we provide the finest fencing solutions to property owners across Australia and New Zealand. Our products are known for their proven success globally and high horse safety standards, and our range of Equine Mesh Fencing is no different. It is a premium quality mesh for signature properties. So based on our years of experience and expertise in mesh fencing, we will be answering some of the most frequently asked questions by customers. 


In this comprehensive blog post, we will delve deep into the world of mesh fencing, addressing the 10 most pressing questions and offering invaluable insights into its installation, maintenance, cost considerations, and more.  

Q1: How to Install Wire Mesh Fencing on Timber? 

Q2. How to Install Wire Mesh Fencing on Steel Post and Rail Fencing? 

Q3. How to install wire mesh fencing on split rail fence? 

 Q4. How to stain a fence with wire mesh? 

Q5. Does chain link fencing need tensioning? 

Q6. How do you join mesh fencing wire? 

Q7. What is the cost of mesh fencing? 

Q8. How to build a mesh fence gate? 

Q9. How to cut mesh fencing quickly? 

Q10. How to fix a wire mesh fence? 

Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge and guidance you need to make informed decisions about wire mesh fencing for your property. 


Q1: How to Install Wire Mesh Fencing on Timber? 

To achieve a well-tensioned mesh that is stable and successfully attached to timber fencing, you must follow this 13-step process. 

Step 1: Build End Assemblies  

Step 2: Install Posts 

Step 3: Mark Post Positions 

Step 4: Roll Out the Mesh 

Step 5: Secure to End Post 

Step 6: Ensure Proper Alignment 

Step 7: Create a Secure Anchor Point 

Step 8: Start Tensioning 

Step 9: Tie Off the Mesh 

Step 10: Clamp Horizontal Wire 

Step 11: Use Clips or Staples 

Step 12: Install Top Rail 

Step 13: Completion 

To learn each of these steps in detail refer to our guide on how to attach mesh to Timber Post and Rail Fencing. 


Q2. How to Install Wire Mesh Fencing on Steel Post and Rail Fencing? 

Whether it’s the Cattle Rail or Premium Steel Post and Rail Fencing, there are 6 key steps to attach mesh to steel post and rail fencing: 

  1. Installing Your Main Fence 
  2. Rolling Out the Fence Mesh 
  3. Tensioning and Terminating the Wire Mesh 
  4. Ensuring Proper Clamping 
  5. Repetition on the Next Fence Line 
  6. Meshing Your Gate 

For details on each of these steps, check out the comprehensive guide on how to attach mesh to Steel Post and Rail Fencing. 


Q3. How to install wire mesh fencing on split rail fence? 

Essentially, a split rail is a round log that has been split down the middle, retaining its natural, irregular shape.  

In simple terms, this rail has not undergone the conventional sawmill processing to achieve a uniform size. This approach imparts a distinctive and artisanal appearance, adding a unique aesthetic charm. 

Therefore, installing wire mesh fencing on a split rail fence is a straightforward process, quite similar to attaching it to a top rail fence. 

It follows the same principles as installing mesh on a traditional post and rail fence. 

First, insert your posts into the ground, then affix the wire mesh, and finally, add the rails. The flexibility lies in your control – you can customise the number of rails to achieve your desired aesthetic. 

Remember that “split rail” is merely a descriptive term, the same as a standard rail in this context. 


Q4. How to stain a fence with wire mesh? 

When it comes to staining wire mesh fencing, it’s tricky and there are some realistic considerations to keep in mind. 

If you’re using a spray method for staining, you’ll essentially need to paint the mesh section that covers the post unless you opt for a painstaking process of brushing each square. This will be labour-intensive and time-consuming. 

Also, pulling down the mesh to stain and then reattaching it isn’t a practical option. 


Achieving a Galvanised Finish 

If your goal is to have your mesh resemble a galvanised finish, the only viable approach is to paint between the squares. This method ensures consistency in appearance. However, keep in mind that when you observe the fence from either side of the post, you may not necessarily notice the galvanised mesh against the black post, as black will be the dominant colour, and the mesh will only have limited contact with the post.

The visibility of the mesh will depend on factors such as the aperture size, especially if the post is round. This is why you can paint over the few wires that come into contact with the post without affecting the overall appearance. 


Exploring the No-Paint Alternative: Black Mesh 

Alternatively, you can simplify the process by using black mesh. It goes really well with the black timber fence. 

This eliminates the need for additional painting, providing a practical solution for those who prefer a consistent black fencing line across their property. It gives you a beautiful finish without the extra effort. 

If you want, you can dig deeper into the features and specifications of Black Mesh fencing. 

It will help you decide whether it’s the right fence mesh for your property. 


Q6. How do you join mesh fencing wire? 

When it comes to joining mesh fencing wire, there are two commonly used methods: 


Splice Joining

In this traditional technique, you fold the wires in the mesh over or cross-tie the two ends together. It’s a cost-effective method but may be more time-consuming and there’s also a possibility of joins slipping when under tension. 


Gripple Joining

Gripples are a slightly more advanced solution where you insert two wires into it, and it holds them together. While this method is faster and more efficient, it comes at a higher cost as you need to purchase the Gripple component. During installation, the Gripple system clicks the wires together, ensuring a secure connection. 


Q7. What is the cost of mesh fencing? 

There are different types of fence mesh available today. Here are some of the most popular fence mesh types and their approximate prices: 


Yard Mesh

 The cost of yard mesh can vary based on factors like material and quality, but it’s typically a cost-effective option. 

The cost of Yard, Garden, Kennell Fence Mesh is $346.50 inc. GST  

Roll size: 30 metres 


Galvanised Mesh

Galvanised mesh is a durable choice, and its price range can vary depending on factors such as mesh size and thickness. 

The cost of the No-Climb Galvanised Mesh is $416.90 inc. GST 

Roll size: 30 metres 


Chain Mesh Fencing

The price varies based on the fence’s height and thickness. 

The cost of Chain Mesh Fencing ranges from $9.50 to $13 per meter, with the price varying based on the fence’s height. 


Weld Mesh Fence

Weld mesh fence is generally more affordable and can often be found at local stores. It is considered a cost-effective solution and may be suitable for certain applications, although it’s not considered a premium fencing option and isn’t a part of the Stock & Noble fence mesh range. 

Welded mesh typically comes in sheet sizes and depending on the aperture determines the overall sheet size. for standard 50×50 welded mesh sheets, pricing is $14.80 – $21.36 per sheet. 

The cost for standard 50×50 welded mesh sheets pricing is $14.80 – $21.36 per sheet. 


Keep in mind that these are general price ranges, and the actual cost may vary depending on your location, supplier, and specific requirements. It’s advisable to obtain quotes from suppliers to get accurate pricing for your project. 


Q8. How to Build a Mesh Fence Gate? 

Here’s a quick guide on how to create a sturdy and functional mesh fence gate: 


Step 1: Frame Construction 

Begin by constructing the gate frame using your choice of metal material, whether it’s tubular or rectangular. Ensure the frame dimensions match your desired gate size. 


Step 2: Welded Mesh 

For equine properties and many other applications, the industry standard for mesh is typically 50×50 welded mesh. Cut the welded mesh to the required size and weld it to the outside of your gate frame. 


For more information and frequently asked questions about steel gates, refer to the Steel Gates FAQ.  


Q9. How to cut mesh fencing quickly? 

Depending on the mesh type different methods may work better for cutting the mesh. 


For Welded Mesh

The quickest and most efficient way to cut welded mesh is by using an angle grinder equipped with a cutting blade. 


For Woven Mesh

When working with woven mesh, fencing pliers emerge as the fastest and most convenient option for cutting and tying off wires. These pliers are specifically designed for this purpose and offer multifunctionality. You can easily find them at your local rural store or hardware supplier. 


Q10. How to fix a wire mesh fence? 

When fixing a wire mesh fence, follow these steps to restore its integrity: 


Step 1: Tension the Fence 

Due to the broken tension, the gap may have widened. To begin, use tensioners or come-alongs to pull the wire back together, closing the gap. 


Step 2: Splice Join 

One method to repair the fence is by splice joining it. Double over the wires in the mesh and cross-tie the two ends together. This repairs the gap and restores the tension. 


Step 3: Use Gripples 

Alternatively, you can use gripples for the repair. Insert two wires into the gripple and hold it securely. While this option may be more expensive due to the need to purchase gripples, it offers a faster and more effective way to mend the fence. 

Choose the method that best suits your needs and resources to fix your wire mesh fence promptly and efficiently. 


Have You Found the Answer You Were Looking For? 

As a property owner, when you contemplate mesh fencing, you might be inundated with questions. From understanding the intricacies of attaching mesh to timber and steel post and rail fences to staining wire mesh and fixing wire mesh fences, you now know the detailed answers to 10 of the most common queries on mesh fencing. 


There are a lot of great steel mesh fencing solutions available across Australia and New Zealand. However, if you’re looking specifically for a safe and superior mesh for an equine property then a comparison of 5 top mesh fencing options for horses will lead you in the right direction. 


If you have any further questions or require guidance on mesh fencing, feel free to connect with our fencing experts. They are here to assist you on your journey to a secure and beautiful property. 


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