Frequently Asked Questions

Eagle Idaho Pole Fencing

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Eagle Idaho Pole Fencing
Should I get a wooden pole gate or a metal gate?
Wooden pole gates are more expensive but they look nice and match your rail fence.  We recommend these for gates that are at the front of your property.This is important if you’re going for curb appeal.

Metal utility gates are great if you have livestock coming in and out of your gate. They come in two gauges, or thicknesses.  The thinner gauge is fine if you’re just driving equipment through the opening.  If you have cattle or horses, we definitely recommend the thicker utility gates.

For more information about gates, watch THIS VIDEO.

What size gate do I need?
  • 4 foot gate: great as a walk-through gate
  • 6 foot gate: wide enough for a driving lawn mower
  • 8 foot gate: wide enough for a standard tractor
  • 10 foot opening (two five foot pole gates or one 10′ metal gate): wide enough to drive a small truck through
  • 12 foot opening (two six foot pole gates or one 12′ metal gate): wide enough for larger trucks or a small RV
  • 14 foot opening (two seven foot pole gates or one 14′ metal gate): wide enough for a large RV

For more information about gates, watch THIS VIDEO.

Do you concrete in all of your posts?
No, we only concrete posts that have gates hung on them.  Concreting posts doesn’t make your fence last any longer.  No matter what preventative steps you take, eventually wooden posts rot and you’ll have to set new ones. Not only does burying them in concrete make for more work down the line, it actually can speed up the rotting.

The concrete around the posts actually create a gathering place for water.  The water pools around the post making it rot faster.  As temperatures change around the post, it expands and contracts creating cracks between the post and the concrete where water can seep through.

Should I put wire on my fence and if so, what kind?

We recommend having wire on fences if you’re intending to keep animals in or out of your yard.  14 gauge welded wire is fine for most small to medium animals and it’s what we install on the majority of our fences.

If you have horses or goats, you might want no-climb horse wire which is a heavier duty wire and safer for horses. If you have horses who are rubbing up your fence often or spirited horses who might crash through it, this wire is safer for them because it holds together more than 14 gauge wire which could split and cut the horses.