5 Things to Consider When Putting Up a Barbed Wire Fence

A barbed wire fence can be a great security tool if you have a large expanse of land or have animals that need to be confined. Before you install a barbed wire fence, make sure you consider these five issues—it will make life with a barbed wire fence much easier. 

What's Underground?

Make sure you know what is lurking under the ground where you plan on installing your fence. You will have to dig holes for your fence posts and you don't want to hit a well, pipe or anything else during fence installation that could damage your house or land. 

What Kind of Barbed Wire do you Want?

There are several kinds of barbed wire and it's useful to think about what you need before purchasing. One kind of fence has normal wire along the sides and barbed wire positioned at the top at an angle to prevent people or animals from jumping over it. The non-barbed wire can be strung horizontally from post to post or you could also add vertical wires instead. This is called woven wire.

There are several kinds of fences that consist entirely of barbed wire. You can have the barbs facing in alternate directions or all of them facing the same way. You can also choose to leave space in between the wires or hang them close together. Think about the function of your fence and it will soon become obvious which kind of barbed wire fence should be chosen. 

Make a Map

Once you've addressed the first two issues, the next step is making a map. You'll need to walk the land where you plan on installing the barbed wire fence and measure accurately so you know how much wire you'll need and how many posts you will have to install. A map can speed up the installation process and can be handy for anyone helping you with the project. 


You don't have to buy new pieces of wood to use for posts. If you have hearty, long pieces of wood lying around, you could use those instead. Be sure to check the wood for signs of rot or other damage that may cause you to have to repair posts sooner rather than later as these can prove to be a false economy. Make sure that whatever wood you choose is tall enough and straight enough for the fence you want to install. 

Be Prepared to make Repairs

Having a barbed wire fence may require a lot of troubleshooting, time and effort to keep it in its best shape. Be aware that falling trees may rip the wire or destabilize posts while animals can also inflict damage on both the wire and the posts. You will need to keep an eye on the entire fence regularly and mend any small holes before they become too large.

Many people who already have barbed wire fences on their property say that they never imagined how much time they would spend repairing their fences. Invest in some heavy-duty gloves, a crimping tool, a wire stretcher and some fencing sleeves and you should be able to tackle any barbed wire fence repair that comes up.