Installing Barbed Wire Rolls

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  • 2-3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-200
What You'll Need
Barbed wire roll
Gate hinges and latches
L- brackets
Deck screws
Tape measure
Post hole digger
Circular saw
Power drill

A barbed wire roll can add safety, privacy, and more value to any piece of property. Before you install, consider your budget, the type of space to be fenced, and whether you want to hire a contractor or do it yourself. A barbed wire roll, if installed properly, is likely to last for at least 25 years, if environmental conditions are not too harsh. This material is designed to cause lacerations in any material that comes in contact with it, so you must take safety precautions during installation.

Step 1 - Measure

The first step towards installing barbed wire roll is to measure out every 6 feet around the whole property, leaving space for gates wherever needed. It is advisable to have 7 to 8 feet between posts, at the most 10 feet. Mark the spots with a string line.

Step 2 - Dig Holes

Use a post digger or shovel to dig holes 2 feet deep, 1 foot across. This will provide enough space for the concrete that holds the posts. Consider using posts that are 8 feet in length.

Step 3 - Mix Concrete

Make sure to mix a sufficient amount of concrete, but do not allow it to dry too soon. It is better to leave it to dry for at least 24 hours. Mix the cement to the right consistency to firmly hold the poles.

Step 4 - Level Poles

Use a leveler to steady the poles. Add braces and levelers to keep the posts straight till the cement is dried.

Step 5 - Secure with Nails

Drive nails to attach the mesh, and then use a hammer to bend the nails over the mesh to secure it in place.

Step 6 - Repeat

Unroll the barbed wire to the next post and secure tightly, repeating the previous steps. Continue this way until the entire area is adequately equipped with barbed wire.


Allow a crossbar between the posts to offer more security for the mesh. Bury mesh into the ground 8 to 12 inches to prevent animals from burrowing beneath it. Install the gate between two poles. Drill the latch and hinges into the gate.