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Have seen a few requests for photos of arches and trellises over the years. I figured I might as well make a post to show photos of the ones I have made out of livestock fence panels. The livestock fence panels are used by ranchers out here for holding pens and corrals. They are easily welded on to pipe frames and are extremely sturdy. I remember we had a 2000 pound bull attempt to jump over a six foot tall corral one year. He couldn't get his fat butt over the pipe framework and ended up getting a leg caught up in the panel. We had to quickly grab the bolt cutters to set him free before he got hurt or broke his leg. The panel wires bent a little but didn't budge much. Scary!!!
Okay, the fence panels are made of galvanize steel...they won't fall apart or rust!!! I buy mine at McCoy's but figure if ya'll have a home improvement or ranch supply store they'd probably have them there too. They cost about $16 each and they are 52 inches wide by 16 feet long. I love using them!!!
I use bolt cutters to clip them into three long strips that are 16 feet long and about 18 inches wide to make simple arches. I clip the bottom rung from each end and push the 6 inch or so prongs that remain into the ground to stabilize the arch.
Other times I have my brother weld triangular obelisks of various heights for me. Again, I clip the bottom rung and push the remaining prongs into the ground to hold the obelisk in place.
You can use a Dremmel tool with a cut-off wheel to cut the wire but it is 1/4" thick and it's a slow process. Bolt cutters are so much quicker.
I still have plans to make other shapes and designs but haven't gotten around to it. Would love to use panels with smaller blocks and cut out a heart or star design to hang from a tree. Of course, a box or platform to hold a potted plant would be welded onto it or sandwiched between two panels so I could have a vine growing all over it.
Am going to post a bunch of photos I have...and hope others that have used livestock fence panels will post their photos too.
Here's a photo of what the 16 foot long by 52 inch wide livestock fence panel looks like.
Just called our local Cattlemens Feed Supply store and they have them for $30. and $37. Got to figure how to get it home without bending it. Our truck bed is only 8 feet. Have 2 other jobs that I have to get done first but will certainly order 1 panel to try. We don't have bolt cutters but husb. sayd his grinding wheel will cut it.
Thanks so much for giving me some other projects. I have made trellis in the past but none last long and I'm sure these will.
For that price , they are robbing you . Call around for a better price .
I have only one and haven't put it up yet . I will drive re-bar into the ground (three on each side ) about 15 - 18 " deep and brace the bottoms against that I'll leave the tops of re-bar above the ground at least 10 " , the re-bar will go between the squares on the bottom .
Bonnie, digger is right, look at Tractor Supply, much better prices. They also have hog panels, plus the cattle panels, so you can get different size mesh... The cattle panels cost $20 here in Texas, so there shouldn't be a big difference in price.
Linda... Go to Harbor Freight, and get a real grinder... I have a 9" grinder and can cut a panel in half in about 30 seconds...LOL... It's nice having the right tools...
We just got a new Tractor Supply store about 4 miles from me. Love that place.
Forgot to check on cow panels. Some call it bull wire. If its strong as a bull that's great. Got 2 big projects going around home right now but I haven't forgotten it
ok, bull panels have same size weave of the wires, hog panels have closer mesh at the bottom(helps stop the hogs from nosing under and flipping them) the cost is going to reflect the weight of the wire awg(gauge). Hog wire is light weight and comes in rolls, not panels. the hogwire is too light for the weight of the veggies when you are constantly watering around the holding posts and can collapse on you. Just saying for clarity
There are several different types, as those of us on a farm are well aware, lol. Here the cheapest is called a livestock panel. The size of the rectangles are smaller at the bottom than the top, hog panels are only 36" or so tall and are usually more expensive. There is also a panel that has 4" squares and is 20' long it is very pricey. Seems like a combo panel has the same size squares from top to bottom, 6 x 8", and is again more expensive. Love my livestock panels, I have used them for shelters and greenhouses for years. Use tposts to hold the ends, and bow it in the middle. Zip tie it to the posts at the bottom and cover with a tarp.
Bolt cutter certainly will cut the wire, but another suggestion is an angle grinder with a thin metal cutting disk/blade.
Our son left me his angle grinder, and it hung on the garage wall for years. When I finally grabbed it for a project, I wondered how I could have ignored it for so long. It is now one of those "go to" tools for a lot of projects.
Harbor Freight often has them on sale for about $10, and a pack of blades for $6.
We've got a grinder with metal disk. Aren't the ends of wire sharp where you clip them off? Was just wondering cause I have grands and great grands around at times. I try to keep everything as safe as possible for them.