What Are Fence Staples?
Fence staples affix fence wiring to posts. They have divergent points for a secure hold. This means that when a tool drives them into the fencepost, staple’s legs splay outward inside the wood for a firm grip. Because they’ll be outside, they should be corrosion-resistant and coordinate with the type of wiring the fence uses.
Why Fence Staples Are Important
Fencing wire should remain taut and not sag. If you’re trying to keep large animals in, strength and deterrence are critical. Livestock owners may use cables or various kinds of wire, including barbed wire or electric fencing. Farmers and ranchers know that different animals need different kinds of fencing. Horses need highly visible fences that won’t cut or otherwise harm them. Sheep and lambs, and cows and calves, need fences with predator deterrence. Pigs need lower fencing that discourages them from rooting and digging under to escape, while penned bulls will need heavy posts and thick wire or cable. When corralling livestock, don’t underestimate the importance of fence staples. They hold the wire to the posts and are essential to the fencing system.
The usual problems with fencing are that creatures you want to keep in—or creatures you want to keep out—find a way to defeat the fence. They may attempt this by jumping over it, digging under it, or worse, breaking it altogether. But downed trees, heavy snow, and wind can also damage fencing. The right fence staples, when correctly installed, hold wires firmly and help prevent a wire fence from coming down or detaching from fenceposts. Nuisances like rabbits and chipmunks can destroy vegetable gardens and dig holes or tunnels in lawns. The right kind of fencing, held up with posts and fence staples, defends your garden and your yard from intrusions. Use a fence stapler to save time and work when installing your fence.
Some fence wires are held together with “hog rings.” These are “c” or “d” shaped bits of wire used to hold attach wires of the fence to each other (rather than affixing the wire to a post). Like fence staples, hog rings are attached using a specialized tool—either manual hog ring pliers or a hog ring stapler. The tools bend the hog rings closed in either a circle or a triangle to close bags or hold wires together, often to repair fencing.
If you’re building or repairing a fence, make sure you select the correct materials for the kind of job you need the fence to do, and don’t forget the importance of fence staples to complete the job.