1. Distances to the nearest 25', and total area to
2. Note any slight or major change in direction, as
high tensile fence must bend on a tree or substantial post
or combination of posts.
3. Indicate where trees may be used for corners, gateways,
and end of fence instead of brace assemblies. Note: Wellscroft
always recommends attaching a board
to the tree first before the fence is attached.
4. Mark where gates are to be located, and what type,
height and width. What is the widest gate needed for future
work on the area? How frequently is the gate used? For game
gates, do they need a small walk-thru door for people? Note: On high tensile fences, we recommend as few gates as possible
as every time the fence is interrupted, it will require another
set of brace assemblies. In addition, wherever possible, gates
should be located in corners as this can save money by eliminating two brace
assemblies. Additionally, it is easier to move livestock through a gate in the corner of a pasture over the middle.
5. Should they be electrified? Do the gates need to
be switched on and off independently?
6. Note dips, hills, streams that will necessitate
earth anchors, anti-sink measures, water gaps, or a substantial
7. Note location of energizer. Can it be a plug-in model or will it run on a battery - if so, will you require a solar panel to recharge the battery?
Where is the nearest source of electricity and utility ground, lightning
protection, and ground field.
8. With a dotted line, indicate location of semi-permanent
subdivisions and connection points to outer fence for rotational
9. Indicate location of houses, barns, utility grounds,
roads, streams, stonewalls, buried water lines, ledge and
10. Type of posts to be used: pressure treated wood,
fiberglass, steel T, or other. What fence posts and/or fence
material do you already have on hand, such as telephone poles,
locust post, or trees?
11. What is your soil like? Is there ledge? Is it sandy?
Is it wet? Is it boney?
12. Is the fence line cleared, or will you have to
hire someone to clear it? Note: If there are stonewalls,
it is best to build the hi-tensile fence right next to/or
15' into the woods side, so livestock can keep the walls clear
13. What specialized tools will need to be rented or
14. What are your expansion plans for the next five
years? Do you plan to increase the number of types of animals,
the number of acres fenced? It is in your best interest to purchase a
big enough energizer initially to run any expanded fence.
15. In multi-animal situations, what kind of fence
will serve all your needs, both now and in the future?
16. How does winter affect the need for fence and its
effectiveness? On an electric fence does the polarity need
to be switched for exclusion of wildlife or grounding of livestock?
17. Does the gate need to be electrified? Electric
fences require an insulated wire to be buried in PVC under
the gate. On small areas, electricity does not need to complete
a circle which allows you to have one gate without having
to run cable underneath it.