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If substituting polytape for polywire, the total will increase by about $30–$35 because polytape costs about twice as much as polywire. If substituting high- tensile wire for polywire, the cost will increase by about $75 (the change includes switching to 5/8-inch

A lawful fence With the exception of the electrified polywire fence, all fences described in this publication appear to meet the legal definition of a lawful fence in Iowa. Accord- ing to Chapter 359A.18 of the Iowa Code, a lawful fence consists of any one of the following:

diameter fiberglass posts).

1. Three rails of good substantial material fastened in or to good substantial posts not more than 10 feet apart;

Estimating ownership costs

In table 6, an estimated average annual ownership cost for each type of fencing is shown. Costs include

2. Three boards not less than 6 inches wide and 3/4- inch thick, fastened in or to good substantial posts

depreciation, interest, and maintenance.

not more than 8 feet apart.

Electrified polywire fence (interior use only) The polywire fence (table 5) uses one strand of polywire. With the exception of the end posts, fiberglass rod posts are used and spaced 40 feet apart. One-fourth of the cost of an electric energizer is included in the cost of 1,320 feet of fence on the basis that such a unit would be used to energize at least a mile of fence.

The ownership cost of polywire and polytape is more difficult to estimate than for other types of fencing. The non-wire/tape components have an estimated life of 25 years; the polywire and polytape will likely last only about four to five years. Based on these estimates, the annual ownership cost for a polywire and polytape fence is approximately $0.03–$0.04 per foot.

Staples and clips

10 lb

1.80

18

Barbed wire

1,320 ft

.037

49

Woven wire (48 in)

1,320 ft

.40

528

Labor (estimated)

42 hr

13.60

571

Wood posts (8-in diameter)

4

$ 22.00

$ 88

Wood posts (4-in diameter)

57

9.30

530

Steel posts (6.5 ft)

55

3.69

203

Wood posts (8-in diameter)

4

$ 22.00

$ 88

Wood posts (4-in diameter)

57

9.30

530

Steel posts (6.5 ft)

55

3.69

203

Table 1. Construction costs for woven wire fence (Based on a 1,320 ft. fence)

Item

Amount

Cost per unit

Total cost

Staples and clips

10 lb

1.80

18

Barbed wire

6,600 ft

.037

244

Labor (estimated)

39 hr

13.60

530

TOTAL TOTAL PER FOOT

$ 1,987 $ 1.51

Total cost

TOTAL TOTAL PER FOOT

$ 1,614 $1.23

Table 2. Construction costs Item

for barbed wire fence (Based on a 1,320 ft. fence)

Amount

Cost per unit

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