In addition to the woven wire and smooth wire protecting our garden, Lee decided that we needed polycord offset by two and a half inches at the top of our fence. Visually when the deer will walk up to the fence it will look higher because it will lean out over their heads. Not to mention that the black and white stripes will make it very easy for them to see. Polycord actually has tiny metal filaments and is designed to be electrified. We’re thinking about using it for movable pasture subdivide fences at some point in the future, but in this application we’re just using it as a highly visible and durable rope.  There’s no point in electrifying something 7′ off the ground.

First Lee went around and measured where to drill all the holes. After drilling holes,  TuffRing and SplitBall insulators were added.

At the corners a combination of both types were used to form the curve.

Once all the insulators were up then the stringing of the polycord commenced with the polycord spinning jenny Skipper paying out the cord and Lee following hooking it into the insulators.

Next up came using a polycord rope link to tie off along with a rope link attached to a tension spring.  You could just tie a knot, but the rope link acts like Chinese handcuffs and makes a cleaner (and easier to change) connection.

To keep the polycord from fraying a blow torch was used on the cut off ends. For some reason men always seem to like using this tool.

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