Bracing 'swerves' in fences.

hman0217

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Hello friends

I am wrapping up putting the posts in for our shy quarter acre of grazing and forage area and am.starting to plan out the bracing.

I understand h bracing and gate bracing but, due to hitting rock ledge in one case and operator error on the other I have two areas where the fence 'swerves' as shown in the picture and am unsure how to brace them.

I imagine NOT bracing these areas would result in posts H, I, U and possibly V moving over time. But how would I wire them? If I do an h brace around H-I-J, for example, i cant similarly make one on G-H-I because the wire from H to I would be oriented incorrectly. The same is true for bracing U-V-W and then figuring out T-U

Do I just add the horizontal cross members at T-U and G-H without wire and depend on the adjacent wire tension to do the job? Whats the conventional wisdom here?

Your input is appreciated
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I’d brace from the bottom of t and v to the top of U and do the same at ghi then let the wire tension hold everything in place. The key will be keeping the top of u and h from pulling in and letting things get loose.
 

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thanks. follow up question: I read somewhere not to use 4x4 square lumber for the horizontal members bc they're not as strong as the round posts. Is there any merit to that? I hope not bc the round posts are so hard to get with the mills closed these days. (i did use round posts for the vertical posts themselves)
 

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Do you have hedge or cedar on the property? If so, cut your own braces from that. They are nearly indestructible.
 
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