I'm sure someone must make stakes with a hook or notch at the top to hold
the bottom of wire fences next to the ground. What do I look for? Lowes?
What are they called? Or how to easily contruct a few such stakes? All I
can think of off-hand is wire coat hangers but I'm sure they'd be much too
flimsy. I don't have a power scroll saw to construct some out of wood
I'm trying to keep the neighbor's dog out of my yard. Asking them was
Barbed wire strung along the bottom of the fence is a possibilty but it's
very stiff and hard to cut, fasten and otherwise handle.
I used some 1/2" square tube cut into 6" lengths to stake the bottom of my
chicken pen <also buried the wire about 3" deep for those predators that
dig>. Cut an angled slot partway thru <anglr grinder or hacksaw> about an inch from the top to catch the wire .
Rent a small trencher (Ditch Witch) and cut a 4" wide x 24" deep trench
under the fence. Lower the fence so that it's a few inches down in the
trench and then fill the trench with cement. Anchors the fence and
prevents most rodentia i.e. dogs from digging under. If only there was a
similarly easy way to keep the rodentia's noise pollution restricted to
their irresponsible owner's property.
Checked Walmart today As I needed something else. Wow! Tent stakes either
4 for $2 or 4 for $3. the only ones they had. And these are real cheap
looking. The 4/$2 looked like long non-threaded eye bolts with the eye
There are some pretty heavy duty stakes, both metal and plastic, at
Lowes for holding down landscape edging; perhaps some of those with a
cable tie or just wired together. I just bought some hardware cloth to
keep my daughter's little yorkiedoodleshitzhuahua* in when we dog-sit.
She is only 3# and likes to track rabbits that live in our neighbor's
yard....small enough to squeeze through the space between our cyclone
gates because the bottom corners are rounded.
Yourkshire/poodle/chihuahua/andIcantspelltheother. She lives with two
monsters, 100# and 130#, part-Newfoundlands. The Newfie/lab. likes to
rearrange the planters in my pond, but he loves me. The Newfie/poodle
is a goofball who plays with the pup; she likes keepaway.
If the problem is that the fence is too floppy near the ground, just
add a tension wire. This is small diameter wire rope fastened to the
end post, then threaded to and fro through the bottom loops of the
chain link. When you get to the other end, use a turnbuckle to put a
lot of tension on the wire. You do this for each straight section.
This will tension the bottom of the fence and prevent lifting it to
squeeze under. If there are a few areas where there is still a big
enough gap to the ground to squeeze through, just fill them in with
coarse crushed stone, which is unconfortable for a dog to dig through.
If the dog is a determined digger, lay down heavy galvanized poultry
mesh or the like and cover it with the crushed stone.
Works for keeping dogs in and/or dogs out.
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