Off Grid with Freelee / Building a fence to protect our food ASMR ─ Freelee The BananaGirl

Freelee and Robin building an Off-Grid DIY homesteading fence to keep their food supply safe from the piggies. There is no talking in this video till the end, just sounds of nature and building fence. It's not the prettiest fence but this was the only option of this strength.

Directions on making the pig fence are below:

We used 8/90/15 hinge joint mesh and 165 mm galvanised star pickets. We hammered the star pickets 40cm into the soil because it fits our soil type with lots of rocks, you might need to put them deeper. We left the star pickets sticking out above the mesh top since we then could add a plain top wire if the pigs where gonna jump the fence but they did not.
It also lets us hammer the star picket in deeper if it breaks at the bottom because of a tree falling on the mesh and thus saving us the cost of a new one.

For strainer posts, we used 32nb and 40nb galvanised pipe and other steel that we found on the land, for some strainer posts, we used stainless steel wire with ground anchors and it worked well given the short length between strainers. Don't use the same size strainer post as us because you will have to size your strainer posts appropriate to the length between the strainer posts, longer means stronger strainer posts. And the gate hanger post needs a stronger post too. And again size your stainer posts and support appropriately, we have very short lengths between the strainer posts so this worked for us.

We used gripple t-clip for tying off the bottom and top wire of the mesh to the strainer post since those wires are thicker and harder to tie off.
We used a hand tie-off knot for the rest and your hands will adapt, no worries. We used gripple joiners for joining the mesh where the rolls end. Make sure to get the gripple joiners that fit your mesh wire gauge and remove appropriate amounts of hinge joint knots from the ends so that you can tension the mesh with the gripple tool without the knots interfering.
The gripple tool is expensive but can be used to make trellises etc.
Not sponsored by gripple ;) We attached the mesh to the star pickets with pre-bent wire. Be careful when straining, rolling and tying the mesh since it has sharp edges etc.

We recommend painting exposed steel and to give the top of the star pickets some rust-inhibiting paint since some of the zinc galvanised coatings get damaged by drilling the post in. Also, gates with welded joints do well with some extra rust-inhibiting paint on the welds because it rusts easily there. We ended up painting all gates green to match the forest.

We just weed the fence with a scythe, NO HERBICIDES or whipper snipper!

The fence survived a big tree falling on it, just had to tighten it up a little with the gripple and it was as new again.

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