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#6217824 - 03/10/16 12:18 PM T posts or Pipe?
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Just wondering if it's worth the extra money for Tposts instead of going with pipe for an 8 ft or ten ft fence? I'm pricing 2 7/8's pipe for right at or just over a $1 a foot and 2 3/8's for even less. T posts are over a buck a foot. In the grand scheme of things, I'm thinking that for a thousand posts, it's a thousand dollar difference going with all pipe over T posts. both would be pounded in, so time and labor installing them would be the same.

As I see it, the T post would be faster to connect the wire to because of the knobs on the sides of the T post. Pipe would be stronger, but I'm wondering if I would have to drill the pipe to attach the wire? or does the fence stay upright without anything holding it upright if you just use a tie around the pipe to the fence?

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#6217853 - 03/10/16 12:48 PM Re: T posts or Pipe? [Re: EddieWalker]
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I would think the fence would stand on its own being net wire and tied to the pipe in multiple locations.

But im not a fence builder by trade and I didn't stay at a holiday inn either.
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#6217862 - 03/10/16 12:55 PM Re: T posts or Pipe? [Re: EddieWalker]
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Your pipe up there is a lot cheaper than here. The only draw back I can see from pounding the pipe in is. After you pound a tee post in you can still bend it a little to line the fence up. A pounded in pipe may not be that easy to line up if it is a little off.
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#6218010 - 03/10/16 02:41 PM Re: T posts or Pipe? [Re: EddieWalker]
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Definitely not a fence expert, but I have noticed that people using only pipe will space the pipe further apart than if they were also using pipe and t-post. Might be cheaper using just pipe then, if that is true. Hopefully a fencing expert will verify.

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#6218119 - 03/10/16 04:10 PM Re: T posts or Pipe? [Re: EddieWalker]
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I think of a 8' fence differently than some do. I do not want it rock solid, tight and no give. I want the fence to have some spring or give to it when and animal hits it. If an animal hits a solid object what is going to break first? The very rigid fence/pipe or the animal? If the fence has some give, a spring board effect then the animal can bounce off with a little less hair usually. The fence needs some give to have memory. Pipe for corners and a line post every so often is a good thing. You can buy 10' T post for well under a $1/ft down here. They make special wire ties for round pipe posts very similar to a T-post clip. Pipe down in my area runs over a $1/ft for 2 3/8" and even more for 2 7/8". 3" is more common for corners. I know of one fence builder who can build an 8' fence out of 3" galv corners, 2" line posts/brace pipes and 10'4" galv T-posts for $4/ft more or less turnkey on larger properties with mostly straightlines and normal amount of corners/braces. Water gaps and more corners will drive the cost up. He drives the corners 5'+ deep.
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#6219079 - 03/11/16 08:17 AM Re: T posts or Pipe? [Re: EddieWalker]
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Thank you, that's kind of what I was thinking, but wasn't very sure about. Still not sure what way I go because I might be able to get the Tposts for less once I start buying them instead of comparing Craigslist postings for pipe to online store prices for tposts.

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#6219277 - 03/11/16 09:51 AM Re: T posts or Pipe? [Re: EddieWalker]
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don't for get about the time it take to cut the pipe........and cut off waste....
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#6219486 - 03/11/16 11:50 AM Re: T posts or Pipe? [Re: EddieWalker]
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Check with D&D in Seguin as they are hard for anyone to beat on quantity pricing on all the materials to build a fence if you are doing the labor. Uvalco is another place to price it you live west or south of SA.
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#6220464 - 03/12/16 03:59 AM Re: T posts or Pipe? [Re: EddieWalker]
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All pipe will make your high fence too stiff.

If your using wire like stay-tite, it's designed to act like a spring. It can't do that if you go all pipe because the pipe does not flex like the tpost will.

You can end up with a dead animal from just hitting the wire if you go all pipe. Especially on catch pens and smaller places or near corners.


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#6220507 - 03/12/16 07:20 AM Re: T posts or Pipe? [Re: EddieWalker]
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Thank you. I didn't think about the fence becoming too stiff.

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