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Fencing Manual

Fencing Manual

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Published by Nick Smolinske
A manual for barbed wire fence construction, targeted in particular towards conservation corps supervisors. Suitable for complete beginners to experts.
A manual for barbed wire fence construction, targeted in particular towards conservation corps supervisors. Suitable for complete beginners to experts.

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Published by: Nick Smolinske on Feb 29, 2012
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A Fencing Manual
Nick Smolinske
 
About This Book
Through some combination of sweat, hard work and perserver-ence you’ve wound up in a position to lead an ACE fencingcrew. You’ll find that with the right attitude, fencing is oneof the most fun things that we do. The logistics challenges areunparalleled, and the daily decisions of a single supervisor canmake a massive difference in the efficiency of the work.I’ve titled this book
A Fencing Manual 
, rather than some-thing like
A Fencing Bible
or
The ACE Fencing Manual 
to em-phasize that what I write is a work in progress. I’ve built a lot of fence and done plenty of research, but I’ve still only been doingthis for about a year. Learn what you can from what I’ve writ-ten here, but take an experimental attitude to the field. Tryingnew things and learning by doing are what’s made fencing funfor me, and I hope that it works as well for you.1
 
Contents
1 A Brief Introduction to Fencing 62 Ecological Impacts of Grazing 9
2.1 Forests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102.2 Deserts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112.3 Riparian Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
3 Surveying Fenceline 14
3.1 Sighting Posts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153.2 Methods for Putting up Sighting Posts . . . . . . 16
4 Braces 18
4.1 Brace Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194.2 H-Braces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224.3 Installing H-Braces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264.4 A-Braces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364.5 Deadman Braces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 382

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