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Rural Fencing Glossary

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Rural Fencing is in our DNA. The following fencing glossary may help you identify the requirements for your rural fencing.

Angle post

These posts are used to define a change in the direction of a fence. They are a more substantial post that is stayed for extra support.


This refers to the stapling of wooden battens to the fence between line posts to retain wire spacing and improve stock retention.


The bevel (or chamfer) is used to take the sharp edges off the post tops.

Blading/Ground clearance

This is the levelling of ground contour before fence construction, which helps to keep the wires clear off the ground. This is usually done with bulldozers.

Dip posts

These posts define the gullies or low points in the fence line. They are usually footed as they are holding the fence down and are subject to lifting.


The piece of wood placed at the bottom of strainer posts to add strength and prevent twisting and lifting of the post when under pressure. The size of the foot needed will vary depending on ground conditions and soil types. Foots are also used to secure dip posts.


These are used to fix and support a gate to the strainer post.

Guide wire

This defines the line of the fence during construction. It is a wire that runs from one end of the fence to the other end and around any angle posts.


Wire dispenser used to reel out or ‘pay out’ wire along the fence line.

Line posts

These are ‘intermediate posts’ that are placed between the strainer, rise and dip posts to hold the fence and wires upright.

Line wires

These are the main fence wires put onto the fence during construction. The quantity of line wires can vary depending on the fence’s purpose.


This is the chiselled out area and support joint where the stay is joined to a strainer post. It adds extra support.


Refers to the method used to secure the strainer and angle posts in the ground. It involves compacting of soil, sub-soil and top soil around the post and footing.

Rise posts

These posts define the high points or rises in the fence line and are usually only needed where there is hilly contour.


Refers to the turning or twisting of the post in the hole, which is detrimental to the fence. It can be corrected with footing.


Small end diameter.


This post is used to support the strainer and angle posts against the strain of the line wires. It runs on an angle from the upper end of the post to the ground.

Stay block

This is the block (sometimes referred to as the dead man) that the stay rests on. It works by giving the stay a greater bearing surface in the ground.


This is the end post (main post) of the fence and the main strain carrier of the wires.


This refers to the tightening of the wires on the fence.

Tying off

This is done after the tensioning of the wires has been done and refers to the tying of wires to the end strainer post.

Wire gauge

Refers to the size and the diameter of the wire.

Wire gauging

Refers to the wire spacing on the fence.

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