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Fencing Costs #8069916 11/30/20 04:09 PM
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We have about 7,800 feet or 2,500 yards we need to get some three strand barb wire installed and one 12 foot gate.

I was wondering if any of y’all have any insights on the cost having some one come out and build it for us.

We are near Quanah Tex.

Any info is appreciated!

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Having fence built recently, it all depends on materials.

Galvanized T-posts? How far apart? Wood posts in between? What kind of wood? Treated or cedar? What kind of barbed wire? Gaucho or regular? How many H braces? Built them of posts or pipe?

See... Lots of variables.

Given I gave several fence builders the same specs, one was thousands of dollars cheaper.

Get lots of quotes if you can.

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I get fence bids for work somewhat regularly. In areas around san antonio/austin for 5 strand bids usually run around $5 a foot plus $1 a foot if clearing is needed. In rural areas prices are usually lower.


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I had about 1100 feet of 4 strand barb wire fence put on my land in February. The job required about 4 hours of bull dozer work at $100 per hour and $100 dollars to transport the dozer to the work. There was a minimum of $500 charge for up to 5 hours dozer work so I paid the $500 total for the dozer work. I had about 6 heavy duty wooden H braces due to changes in direction of the fence so that was quite a bit of expense as I believe those were over $400 dollars each. I had T posts with a treated wooden post every fourth post with the wooden posts and braces concreted in. No gates were put in. In all the cost was around $6700.

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I'm curious as to why only 3 wires on the fence?

That fence probably isn't going to stop much...

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Too many variables to give an accurate answer,
removal of old fencing, clearing/dozer work, post spacing & type of posts, type of bracing & spacing ( H/double h singles, kickers, wood/metal /pipe etc) corner work, quality of wire used, if posts can be driven or some have to be drilled, water crossings, location etc ...

Turn key somewhere between $2.75 ~ $6.75 per foot depending on variables.

3 strand won't keep neighbors livestock out of your property.

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Damn, guess it’s been a long tine since I priced fencing. Last I heard 8’ HF installed was about $22,000 a mile.... that’s $4.16 a foot.

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You're right Rustler on neighbors stock. Especially when they run out of grass and you aren't grazing yours. The history or Texas ranching has a lot of hard feelings about grass, fence and water.


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Originally Posted by Dave Davidson
You're right Rustler on neighbors stock. Especially when they run out of grass and you aren't grazing yours. The history or Texas ranching has a lot of hard feelings about grass, fence and water.

I believe in some counties it's your responsibility to keep neighbor's livestock off your land.

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Yeah I know there is a ton of variables.

It’s a total of three sides. I should probably do 4 strand now hearing what y’all have said.

I’ll call some local places and see what I get for bids!


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Your money & fence.
5 strand is usually considered minimum for live stock exclusion or containment.

I use 6 strand mostly, anywhere my fence borders a farm road or highway 7 strand.

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I had some fence done two years ago at $4.70 a linear foot plus clearing and gates. It is a cross fence so originally was thinking of 4 strand, but price was only a little bit higher to do 5 strand. Clearing was $125 an hour and gates were a couple hundred each.


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The wire is the cheapest part of the build. Use good quality heavy barb wire and at least 5 strands. Unless you are planning on selling the place.

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Originally Posted by don k
The wire is the cheapest part of the build. Use good quality heavy barb wire and at least 5 strands. Unless you are planning on selling the place.

What he said ^^^^^


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Originally Posted by redchevy
I get fence bids for work somewhat regularly. In areas around san antonio/austin for 5 strand bids usually run around $5 a foot plus $1 a foot if clearing is needed. In rural areas prices are usually lower.

I'm having a 5 strand fence installed and this is about what I've been quoted.

I would echo that you should get at least 3 bids as there is a difference. Make sure they specify how far apart the posts will be and how they will do the bracing. See if you can see any of their previous work.


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Originally Posted by Txhunter65
Damn, guess it’s been a long tine since I priced fencing. Last I heard 8’ HF installed was about $22,000 a mile.... that’s $4.16 a foot.


Did a high fence last week labor was $2.25/foot material was $1.89

Did a Fence in July turn key was $3.50/foot


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Around here, 5 and 6 wire varies between $2.75/ft and $5.00/ft between builders, and $200.00 each for corners and stretch braces. I do all my own, and Sheffield 1.33# posts and wire come out to about $1.12/ft with 12' spacings for seven wires. There is a guy in Decatur I talked to last week about doing some security chain link for with razor wore for my work place, and I asked him his rate on 6 wore barbed just to see what his going rate was, and it was $5.00/ft.

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One of my neighbors in east Texas just put in 1100 feet of 4 strand for $3.50 a foot, not counting prep work.

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Originally Posted by LonestarCobra
Around here, 5 and 6 wire varies between $2.75/ft and $5.00/ft between builders, and $200.00 each for corners and stretch braces. I do all my own, and Sheffield 1.33# posts and wire come out to about $1.12/ft with 12' spacings for seven wires. There is a guy in Decatur I talked to last week about doing some security chain link for with razor wore for my work place, and I asked him his rate on 6 wore barbed just to see what his going rate was, and it was $5.00/ft.



That's pretty close to what my fence builder charges down here.

Put in over half a mile of 6 wire fence, and the final cost was $2.59 per LF.

Good fence too. Cedar posts and American T-Posts, w/ 6 wires.

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Just ran 1/2 mile on my own. T post 3 every 50 feet or 150 at 2.25 Craigs list price Cedars 0ne every 50 feet at 4.00 x 50 Craigs list price barb wire tractor supply 4 strands high tension at 50,00 per roll or 8 rolls My labor and tractor. 10 corners at 17.00 gates 2 12 ft
Corners 170.00
T Posts 337,00
cedars 200.00
wire 400.00
clips 25.00
tie wire 50,00
2 gates 220.00

approx $1400,00 doing it on your own 0r .56 per foot took me about 70 hours I'm kinda slow now at 72 and couldn't handle the heat after 11 am so about 2 weeks.


Used this process and Craigs list for all my fencing at over 2 1/2 miles


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I wouldn’t do anything less than a 5 wire and if a paved main road runs on a side that side woukd get a 6 wire.
Price should run you about 2.50 a foot.

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Originally Posted by fmrmbmlm
Originally Posted by Dave Davidson
You're right Rustler on neighbors stock. Especially when they run out of grass and you aren't grazing yours. The history or Texas ranching has a lot of hard feelings about grass, fence and water.

I believe in some counties it's your responsibility to keep neighbor's livestock off your land.



In the State of Texas it depends on what county you are in. In some Counties a fence is meant to keep things inside the fence and in others a fence is meant to keep things outside the fence.
And there is State statutes on the subject.

I heard a great interview on the subject a few months ago, really interesting. If I can get the link I'll add it.

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Help me out a little....what is the point of the cedar every so many feet? Is that used as a tensioning device, or an "anchor if a wire gets cut it can easily be re-applied to the cedar and then run to the cut area? Missing the purpose of the cedar...

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Originally Posted by Texas buckeye
Help me out a little....what is the point of the cedar every so many feet? Is that used as a tensioning device, or an "anchor if a wire gets cut it can easily be re-applied to the cedar and then run to the cut area? Missing the purpose of the cedar...



Makes the fence more ridged and harder to tear up.

A fence with only T-posts can be torn up real easy by bulls fighting, car driving through the fence, etc. With stout cedar posts, only the breached area is torn up.

Without the wooden posts, the T-posts lay over easily, and a long section of fence can be ruined easily.

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makes sense. Is the same accomplished with a H bar or metal post every so many feet? I see that a lot more common than cedar

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